Don Hosek - Music Diary

Fourteen years ago today
Monday, 18 April 2005
7.46: Today’s strategy: “Take away the most important parts.”

NP: “Dreamz,” Vin.

10.07: The first signs of creative tension in the new group. As long as it doesn’t tear us apart, this is a good thing.

NP: “Last Plane Out,” Toy Matinee, Redbeard’s All Access.

Seventeen years ago today
Thursday, 18 April 2002
GS rehearsal spent mostly on material for the three choir concert, although some of it will also be used for Pentecost mass earlier in the day (which is good, I suppose given the tight rehearsal schedule).

We also went over the two Brahms pieces for the 21st, which I won’t be singing at courtesy of the NPU concert, but I think I’ll try to get to mass that Sunday anyway for the sake of being able to hear the material performed at least. Brahms has really intrigued me. There are all these “lullabye and good night” moments in his music which mask some really fascinating things that are happening at the same time. One of the Brahms pieces has the Tenors and Basses singing in canon with the Sopranos and Altos, but down a ninth, a measure later with an occasional unexpected chromatic variation thrown in. I kind of wish I still had the music in hand to see how it works.

After rehearsal, stopped by Starbucks to catch the end of Tommy Marshall’s set. One really cool bit with a black poet coming up and reciting a poem while Tommy improvised a bluesy accompaniment. I should have gotten this guy’s number. That would have been a great thing to get down on record.

Eighteen years ago today
Wednesday, 18 April 2001
11.36: My perpetual tardiness in updating continues. Great rehearsal/audition session last night. The percussionist who came in was someone that I’d almost dismissed from the phone call when he asked to speak to “Peter Gabriel or Nick Drake”.

Thankfully, while I lost his number, he kept mine and scheduled an audition for last night which went great. He’s exactly the percussionist we need and Dream in Color once again is whole.

Got home and was a slug, eating leftover sausage from Easter and watching TV and little else (well, a bit of guitar practice).

Linda leaves on Friday and returns Tuesday night on her trip to Guatemala to adopt a baby, so we won’t have her for rehearsal. I wrote up a quick outline of the rehearsal for next week which, among other things, calls for me to get the harmonization for the verses for Go to Bar finished. I’m also going to try and have the bridge written for Tuesday, and possibly also do something with the lyric that I’ve been kicking around for the last month:

She sings sad songs in a minor key
Salvation at a discount
Thoughts couched in banality
As she preaches from her holy mount

20.52: Music for Noye’s Fludde arrived in the mail today. Looks pretty straightforward, and stays entirely in the low registers. A handful of skips, but nothing earth shattering.

Random blast from the past
Thursday, 27 March 2003
Pretty good rehearsal with GS, although I continue to feel tired and distracted. I’ll be very happy when I’m finished with school.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012.
A long-delayed return to music diarizing. I’m currently in Tampa for the residency of my Creative Writing MFA. I brought along my banjo and found a piano so I’ve been able to get in some practice on banjo, piano and voice while I’m here. The big things I’ve been working on have been a piano and voice arrangement of “Nuages”and working out a bit more of “I Found Jesus” which now has its melody and chords a bit more defined (It’s a I-vi-IV-V in Bb).

Sunday, 14 August 2011.
Second rehearsal of the gypsy jazz group. My endurance was a great deal better, although I was a bit behind in printing up charts. I’ll have to spend some time on this before the next rehearsal. I’m feeling pretty good about my playing, although I want to be spending more time practicing.

Monday, 8 August 2011.
A new musical project. I auditioned for and was accepted by a nascent gypsy jazz group as their bass player. My finger is a bit sore from that much pizz playing after so long away from the instrument. I also found myself fatiguing well before the audition was over with my fast walking parts hard to keep up to tempo. Fortunately, a lot of manouche bass is a somewhat less demanding root-five kind of line.

Sunday, 16 January 2011.
Got a bunch of lyrics done on “You Took My Photograph” but I’m not done. Pulling out the rhyming dictionary has helped a bit. I’m actually finding it to be more of a book to creativity than I would have guessed. I do find myself wanting to rhyme “days” with “protease.”

Saturday, 15 January 2011.
Nailed down the music for “You Took My Photograph.” I had some really nice ideas that came to me while falling asleep last night, but I lost them. I did remember some Gospel-esque chord progressions which I did manage to approximate while working on the song. There’s a nice shift between G and Bb in the tonality of the song.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011.
Nobody played their songs at this week’s songwriting class. I guess it was a case of terminal shyness. Next week, I don’t care: I’m playing my damn song. This week’s song wasn’t so good, but I have some ideas for where to go with next week’s song and I think it’s going to be pretty good, close to a keeper (especially if, as I hope, I can get some feedback on the song).

Monday, 10 January 2011.
Finished the song for tomorrow’s class. I’m not really happy with the lyrics, but the melody’s not bad (even if I couldn’t remember how the short lines of the chorus were supposed to fit in). I did do a nice thing where there’s a shift from Bb to D on the choruses. One of those great harmonic things I picked up from Gospel music.

Friday, 7 January 2011.
Ended up doing no evening practice, but I did write the first verse and chorus of my song for my songwriting class during a slow moment at work. I rather like what I’m doing with rhymes in that song, and I’ve got a clear view of where the song is going.

Thursday, 6 January 2011.
I had hoped to be able to squeeze in a bit of flute practice on Thursdays between work and my short story class at UCLA, but it appears that this is a hope in vain. I left the office at 5.30p and at 6.18 the bus hasn’t gotten past the 405. I’m not sure I’ll even be able to get dinner. I did get a bunch more song titles recorded, including digging into some of my old files for songs planned but never written for Techne and Worst Case Scenario. I need to create a file which will be my songwriting queue, perhaps in Evernote. I can also keep some notes on the songs and their potential ultimate destinations.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011.
A bit of freewriting at lunch, plus a handful of titles written down: “My Dark Brother,” “Seven Years in the Desert,” “I Call My Mom Jocasta,” “Living in Hi-Fi,” “Lime Green Spring,” “Enthroned in Blue.”

Did some scale work on the mandolin and tried to train my fingers to be able to play I-IV-V in A, although it’s far from perfect.