As I’ve mulled over what I want to do when I grow up, more and more I keep thinking that I would like to be a composer. True, I’ve been writing music for a long time, but for the most part no one’s been performing it. It seems to me that if I want to be an actual composer, then someone should start playing my stuff.
To that end, and having read Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking, I have started putting out there that I would appreciate the universe’s cooperation in getting my music performed. This is not the same as the occasional competition that I might enter; this is pointblank asking my friends and acquaintances to take a look at my stuff and to keep it in their minds that they have a friend whose music is available for performance: church choirs, high school choirs, community choruses, chamber groups, soloists, orchestras. I’ve done it all, although not at any level of output like a professional composer. As I recently said to an old friend, I’m not untalented, but I’m untrained—I don’t work quickly.
Am I working on anything at the moment? Yes:
- A Christmas Carol has to be revamped: reorchestrated and exported into sound files that can be sucked up into QLab for rehearsal and performance this December at Newnan Theatre Company.
- “Horsefly Rag”: Mike Funt has asked me to add a slow opening and a slower interlude before the big finish.
- Seven Dreams of Falling: I will be getting back to work on the Minotaur’s “Rip me from this darkness” aria. Soon. Ish.
- Five Easier Pieces: I’m going to finish that before the end of this year. I am.
So what are you waiting for? Go check out my stuff. And perform it.