Sixteen years ago today
Sunday, 18 August 2002
Curses, my 4 days out of town last week seem to have cost me a nicely paying corp gig. Feh.
Random blast from the past
Sunday, 2 March 2003
Last Bulgarian ensemble of the semester. Our gig is tentatively scheduled for March 13th. Well see how things work out with everyones schedules. Were switching the class to Saturday afternoons for the next 8 weeks.
Tuesday, 19 June 2012.
A long-delayed return to music diarizing. Im currently in Tampa for the residency of my Creative Writing MFA. I brought along my banjo and found a piano so Ive been able to get in some practice on banjo, piano and voice while Im here. The big things Ive been working on have been a piano and voice arrangement of Nuagesand working out a bit more of I Found Jesus which now has its melody and chords a bit more defined (Its 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. Ill have to spend some time on this before the next rehearsal. Im 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 Im not done. Pulling out the rhyming dictionary has helped a bit. Im 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. Theres a nice shift between G and Bb in the tonality of the song.
Tuesday, 11 January 2011.
Nobody played their songs at this weeks songwriting class. I guess it was a case of terminal shyness. Next week, I dont care: Im playing my damn song. This weeks song wasnt so good, but I have some ideas for where to go with next weeks song and I think its 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 tomorrows class. Im not really happy with the lyrics, but the melodys not bad (even if I couldnt remember how the short lines of the chorus were supposed to fit in). I did do a nice thing where theres 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 Im doing with rhymes in that song, and Ive 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 hasnt gotten past the 405. Im not sure Ill 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 its far from perfect.