Don Hosek - Music Diary

Fifteen years ago today
Thursday, 23 October 2003
Most of rehearsal was spent on the Mozart Requiem with CS in attendance. I’m starting to get a better sense of how it all fits together.

The remainder of rehearsal was going over some very cool material for the November 9th mass. Alas, I won’t actually be singing that week.

Got home and found that the birthday DVDs my brother bought me arrived. Spinal Tap and the Blues Brothers. Harry Shearer is such an amazing bass player.

Sixteen years ago today
Wednesday, 23 October 2002
Listening to MP3s from last weekend’s rehearsal. It’ll take a bit to sink in to my brain, but it’s seeming like plausible material.

Seventeen years ago today
Tuesday, 23 October 2001
17.09: After some discussion on a newsgroup, I’ve discovered that I’d misinterpretted the publishing information on Harry Fox’s database. It turns out that the Lennon/McCartney money actually goes to Lennon/McCartney. It’s the 66.67% labelled “SONY/ATV SONGS LLC D/B/A ATV (NORTHERN SONGS CATALOG)” that’s the Michael Jackson share.

23.02: Pretty good rehearsal. We started out with an improv around some tapping that George was doing, then went on to work a bit on “Possession”, “Beauty Sleep”, “Song About It” and “Salvation at a Discount.” Nothing earth shattering, but some small advances in the development of music.

23.53: In “Beauty Sleep”, George played a chord which I suppose one could call EbM7sus4 (it consists of D-Ab-Bb-Eb). As I was working on the bass line against it, I was playing Db which seems a bit odd, but it worked. Later this evening I sat down at the piano and decided to just try all the possible bass note combinations against it. The only one which sounded distinctly wrong was A. Or maybe I’m just losing my ability to hear dissonance after all the 20th C. classical I listen to/sing.

Random blast from the past
Thursday, 23 May 2002
Very short rehearsal for GS this evening. Matt’s father died suddenly and we didn’t have that much music to go over anyway, so the rehearsal was very quickly finished. Not much progress figuring out what’s causing the problems with the MIO and DP3.

22.45: I can record with the MIO at 44.1 without lock-ups so it might be a bit-rate specific problem that I’m encountering (I pray to God that it’s not a corrupt project file). Given this, I’m going to try to get a bass track recorded on “Let Me Be Your Home” for tomorrow’s meeting.

23.45: OK, “Let Me Be Your Home” isn’t happening. There’s too much I’m not being able to remember to get the changes down to play this piece effectively. I need the chart to play this one, especially with some of the modulations in the second half which keep throwing me off.

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.