Taking stock (Day 246/365)

I’m on the road today, heading to Greensboro to visit Grayson for the weekend, so there’s not a lot of time to actively create… not unlike the entire past week.

However, I have written an article about our lunch with Nancy Willard, so there is that.

Also, I think I need to assess where I am with the music for William Blake and set some goals for the next few weeks.

I have gone over the first four pieces and tinkered with the orchestration to make them better. Overall, I think as I work my way back over this familiar territory, I will be stripping out more than I add. My experience in Broadway houses over the past week has impressed upon me the need for greater transparency of orchestral accompaniment.

I still have three pieces to orchestrate: The Man in the Marmalade Hat Arrives, The Wise Cow Makes Way, Room, & Believe, and Blake Tells the Tiger the Tale of the Tailor. All three are big, and my tendency is to err on the big side. Witness the issues I had with the Sunflower Waltz.

I think that I will tackle Make Way, because the other two already sound orchestrated even though they’re not.