Don Hosek - Music Diary

Thirteen years ago today
Monday, 25 April 2005
6.42: Today’s strategy, “Distort time.”

NP: “Come Lie With Me,” Holly Palmer, Holly Palmer.

Sixteen years ago today
Thursday, 25 April 2002
Wow. four and a half hours of rehearsal today. But it feels good to get that much playing time in. The bass section for the North Park University Symphony is three students and three paid players. Wide range of players. I got the impression that the other two paid players were first reading the Shostakovich today. If so, I’m impressed at their ability to sight read it that well.

During the afternoon rehearsal, I had an awkward moment where the sun was coming in through a window at an angle that made it virtually impossible to see the conductor. I almost borrowed one of the students’ baseball cap to block out the glare. Moving over a bit helped for a few minutes until the sun reached the point where that became glare hell. Fortunately I won’t be playing at 4p tomorrow to suffer the same fate.

Seventeen years ago today
Wednesday, 25 April 2001
15.21: Good rehearsal last night. DiC gig for the 23rd was confirmed so we’ll be quite busy getting everything in shape. I’m starting to put together a set list for the gig which will be pretty close to what we’ll be recording the weekend before (although the recording might get postponed if it will interfere with the gig).

I’ve managed to misplace my harmonization of the verse for Go to Bar. arrrgggh.

Random blast from the past
Saturday, 10 February 2001
Feeling much better today. Spent most of yesterday doing little or nothing, although I did spend some time practicing bass and flute at least.

Bass lesson this morning. I’m adding Ab to my scale repertoire and focusing on the first two movements of the Marcello. I’d like to have this down quite well over the next two weeks (this coming week is full so we’re putting off the next lesson to the 24th) so I can spend some time writing a flute counterpoint. Still loads of work to do on intonation going up the G string.

Some neat stuff with the 6th partial and artificial harmonics. I’m going to start extending my scales by another octave to take advantage of this.

Then the long series of auditions. We heard five singers, of which only two were possibilities, one a very strong candidate with some minor qualms (I write vaguely because I hesitate to give critiques in a public forum, even one with the near-zero readership of this one).

I need to review tapes and listen to two of the four possible candidates and determine which of them will be included in the callbacks. Although as I think about it, it occurs to me that another possibility would be to call back neither. I really don’t see either as edging out the two leading candidates, but again, I’ll listen to tapes and make the judgment at that point.

Phil Collins’ Hello I Must Be Going plays as I write this. I should do some minimal tidying before Marianne arrives but a nap tempts. We’ll be going to see Blue Lit Souls and Flammable Dress this evening.

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.