Hello, my long-neglected Garritan Gang pals!
After quite a run around just trying to log in this morning (are the security settings even tougher here than they used to be?--I haven't changed anything on my computer)--I'm starting my busy day by passing on some quick updates on my happenings:
--REASON HAS PREVAILED!---Some of you may remember that as the local production of my musical "Dorian-The Remarkable Mister Gray" finished its run last month, I was able to announce that producer Michael Butler and I signed a contract for the show to be developed by him.
Initially Michael wanted to rush into production, getting it up on the boards almost immediately in L.A., in the Hollywood area. And as exciting as that idea was, I expressed concerns about the fast schedule because "Dorian" is not an easy show. It's big and the score is very difficult. The physical production itself calls for very complex and creative costuming, and it calls for quite a set too, with the show's long list of scene locations.
Michael finally took my suggestion, and decided that to do the show justice, his team really did need much more prep time. Thank heavens.
SO there isn't a specific time slot yet for the show, but it could be sometime during 2009. I'll keep you posted!
Meanwhile, having been impressed with the work I did with "Dorian's" GPO-driven sound track, and with a helpful suggestion which our own GARY GARRITAN gave Michael, I've been hired to arrange the music for another one of Michael's properties, a musical based on the legend that a medieval Pope was actually a woman. The show is called "Pope Joan."
AND that means that I've had to get up to speed on Sibelius in a short time, so I can provide the scores needed for that show. Plans are for it to be done with a small band of 6 musicians.
During this last week I've been an active Pest over at the Sibelius bulletin board, seeking help with Sib so I could meet my first deadline of showing Michael a sample orchestration after only a week's work.
I met the deadline - the Sib crew over at their bulletin board have been Very helpful--and now on I go into this work of arranging and producing sheet music for "Joan."
Those of you who know me are probably chuckling---Randy finally gets to really see the challenge people face using a notation program. Oh my - Now that I've delved into it, I have new respect for those of you here who produce such great sounding music using Sib and Finale. It's tough! I'm not even attempting to go that far - I'm working with Sonar still, to do MP3 demos for Michael, and Sib only for producing the PDFs of the scores--there's no way I'm ready to make sound out of Sib actually sound polished--it just Looks polished.
ANd there ya go. That's what I've been up to. - Well, there's been a lot more, all very long days working with Michael on both "Dorian" and now "Joan."
But now I'll be doing a 9 to 5 job working on this score, and my idea is do some Foruming in the mornings, here and at Sib, before firing up the music computer and clocking in more fast paced time on this arranging job.
Hope to be back again soon. I'm thinking I may never have the luxury of all the time I used to spend here, but I'm determined to work in as much time as I can in the early mornings.
Take care all!