Don Hosek - Music Diary

Thirteen years ago today
Saturday, 27 March 2004
Back at St Edmund’s today. Not especially great singing. I should’ve brought my guitar. Or perhaps not, it’s been a long time since I’ve played much guitar.

A bit of progress on lyrics for “You May Never Know”.

Fourteen years ago today
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.

Fifteen years ago today
Wednesday, 27 March 2002
11.51: Listening to the mix of yesterday’s recordings on speakers rather than headphones, it seems obvious that I want to re-record the solo vocal on “In Paradisum.” I think “Salvation at a Discount” is acceptable as long as I boost the levels of the lead vocal a touch.

14.11: Salvation is done. I’ve decided to scrap the two covers that I’ve not yet started from this year’s CD. That means I can focus on getting “Time Waits” mixed and “In Paradisum” finished in the next couple of days.

Started planning for April’s DiC recording sessions.

17.12: I’m starting to feel unwell, so I’ve called to cancel out of singing at Tenebrae. I’m hoping a bit of rest will lead to being in better shape for the Triduum services which are much more important.

Sixteen years ago today
Tuesday, 27 March 2001
Another round of vocal auditions. One singer who was clearly not going to be our choice, then two good singers each with their own potential drawbacks. One is currently doing music as a career--I wonder if she’ll be happy singing and playing with us? The other said during the interview that she might move back to New York. Umm, why is she auditioning for bands then?

“Posession” has reached an outstanding level of being together. I’m not sure how much is having singers better acquainted with the song and how much is my having learned the song, but it felt much better. We made some tentative steps towards an arrangement before the first singer arrived, then with her we ended up playing it in a completely different style.

Random blast from the past
Wednesday, 1 December 2004
We were three guitars at the Catholic Worker. Had I known, I’d’ve brought a bass instead. I did bring my flute, but discovered that my long lay-off from the instrument has resulted in horrid tone. I need to do some tone exercises on the flute (and perhaps make sure the pads are ok).

NP: “Camera One,” Josh Joplin Group, Useful Music

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.