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Saturday, November 21, 2009

This Graph Really Makes Me Understand It Better


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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Music Dreams Are Starting Again...

The music dreams are starting again. Maybe that means that I'm ready to start thinking about my next project?

It hasn't happened in awhile, maybe because of all the sheer craziness of the past few months, or maybe from the over-exhaustion and lack of sleep. It used to happen quite a bit. I think it's a sign that I may be getting closer to being ready to start thinking about the 'next step' after Calling All Dawns.

Last night's dream was a fun one. I had accepted a commission from the Angel City Chorale to write a new work. The piece was for chorus, classical guitar and piano, was in E major, and had a lot of sustained, minimalistic harmonies. (Not really a piece that I would compose in real life, since I can't stay to stay in one key for more than 90 seconds.)

The second part of the dream was closer to a nightmare, however. For some reason I dreamt that I had agreed to sing an unaccompanied solo on stage during their next concert. It was 30 minutes before show time, I was rummaging around in my closet looking for a suit, and I still hadn't picked a song to sing yet. My assistants Alex and Laren were waiting anxiously in the next room. I decided that I would try to sing 'Hey Jude', and hopefully get the audience to sing along with me.