About 9 or 10 months ago, I decided to re-explore musical composition. At that time, I grew anxious fearing that I would lose and forget compositional skills learned long, long ago. My goal, then, was to churn out several pieces via the old-fashioned method: putting pencil to blank manuscript paper. Since 9 or 10 months ago, I've written 2 and 1/5 pieces, far from the several that I hoped to write. Well, the composition that I share to you now is the "1/5th piece" (or 1/4th or 1/8th. . . ). I started writing this piece about 3 months ago. Since that time, I've worked on some business stuff, helped my mother move from Long Island, NY to "upstate" NY, and purchased a new home! This month was consumed by the process of buying the home and moving (oh my aching back!! ).
I want to finish this piece!!!
The basic structure is in my head. I pretty much know how I want to develop this composition. The instrumentation is set (75% of the instruments planned for this piece will be from the GPO ). All I need to do is put pencil to blank manuscript paper and write, write, write. Then, I want to record, record, record. It just hasn't been happening.
So. . .
I am off from work this coming Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. We are all moved into our lovely new home, so I can't use that as an excuse not to write music. (Understand that I am exercising old and atrophied compositional muscles when I write music. It's a labor of love. But, until I exercise those muscles, it is still labor!!) I want to use these days JUST to finish writing and possibly record this composition.
I've seen other musicians do this on other bulletin boards to help them finish a project. Basically, they put up a rough draft of their work and committ themselves to the group to finish their song (or recording or whatever). So, out of a strong desire NOT to find something to distract me from writing, I'm going to give this self-contractual committment to this particular thread. Here's the piece. It is no where finished. But hopefully by the middle of next week it will be done.
A work in progress