So what does burning the candle at both ends get you? Unexpected results I guess. Last week I predicted that I would be writing a slow soft reserved piece about the birth of my son for this What Next? Festival in Canada. Now I’m working on a raucous burner complete with jazz college chords and big beats. Tentatively titled “Those Eyelashes Stay With Me” we’ll see if I have the cajones to stick with it.
I think I have just finished the ending, now It’s just tidying up some horn melodies and then notating the whole thing. Then I’ll hit it with a scalpel and cut up the parts that aren’t necessary.
Now that I’ve made it through the hellzone of months 0 to 3 with the little guy, it’s time to start thinking about music again. Next up on the table for me is a commission for the What Next? festival in Hamilton, Ontario. It will be a piece for electronics and Horn, which also includes Bass Clarinet and Clarinet. Listeners can most likely expect a very reserved relaxing piece – judging by where I’m at now with the piece.
At the moment, I’m trying not to write the piece about the birth of my son, Samuel, but it’s pretty friggin hard. The event and its aftermath (ie: completely changing my life around to take care of him) has had a pretty big effect on me and how I look at things. It’s also given me a shorter fuse, which some people might view as a good thing with regard to my music. I might actually have some shifts of mood all within one piece (which is very weird for me).
Anyway, that’s what’s going on here. The performance in Canada is scheduled for January 23rd at 10:30 in the evening for all you party people in the Toronto area. Hopefully it will come out great and there will be more performances of it. I absolutely love hanging with Jamie, the horn player that commissioned the piece.