Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May 31 - Designs

Design a cover for The Countess Cathleen (Op. 152) and orchestrate through page 4, do the daily work on 21st Century Music, as the weird weather continues and the rain falls.

Also finish re-reading Edward Abbey's The Journey Home (the old tattered copy bought during the Appalachian Trail walk in 1980, and first acquaintance with the writer), compose a third page for Psalm 58, transfer over all the rest of the works from the old computer via email (through Civic Disobediance, Op. 166), create the pdf for the second movement of Book ("Prehistoric Atlas") (Op. 15), a 23rd clip incorporated into Camino Real: Block 9, and finish the grading for Music Theory.

Also start another little Wikipedia article, this time on the Ernest Hemingway Soldier's Home movie...

Monday, May 30, 2011

May 30 - Home for the Range

Have a nice chat with Sorrel, who is in Southern California for a short vacation, but alas, duties call, and we must remain north (although the weather throughout the state has been fairly middling, so, no matter on that account -- but also missing seeing John and family, and others), to lay groundwork for semester grades, plus the usual suspicious roster of activities, including 21st-Century Music work, composition of page 2 Psalm 58, transferring works through the Pied Piper Suite (Op. 132) from PC to MacBook via email, pdf'ing first movement of Book ("Prehistoric Atlas") (Op. 15), with another clip (the 22nd) added to the ongoing Camino Real: Block 9 video.

Also spend some time with Harriet taking up again the planning of a production for The Countess Cathleen, orchestrating page 1.  Plus, third run (first at night) to the Big Box, continuing to be impressed by prices and relative diversity of offerings.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

May 29 - Post-Its

Do final pdf for and post Seasons' Eves (Op. 14) on The International Music Score Library Project, begin composition of Psalm 58 (inspired by George Crumb's Makrokosmos, Volume 1, orchestrated after his Echoes of Time and the River), transfer compositions from PC to Mac via email up to Waiting for Godot (Op. 128), with a 21st clip added to video for Camino Real: Block 9.

After all this,

off with Harriet towards

San Francisco,

via the

Marin Headlands


Golden Gate


to the


(for coffee and scones)





up with

Lisa and

Tom (ascending the freight elevator, because it happens to be going our way),

taking in the revival of

Erling Wold's

Queer, where

the composer-guitarist, Jab (trumpet-player for Henry Miller in Brooklyn, who has moved back to Chicago, but is on an extended tour, playing a variety of gigs in the West),

Trauma Flintstone,

Ken Berry

(Casanova in Camino Real, who remains happily resident at Bondi Beach, Australia), and










of director

Jim Cave.  No surprise, Erling's opera is every bit as fine as the ten-years-previously premiere -- in some ways even better, and a delightful time is had during the show, and after, by all (report soon in 21st-Century Music at 21st-centurymusic.blogspot.com and eventually at 21st-centurymusic.com and in print).

Saturday, May 28, 2011

May 28 - Knowingly to the Books

Big excitement is trip to the library, to resupply Harriet (who is off on Goat Hall Productions business much of the day) with the weekly videos -- including

Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen, 1811 / 2008),

Shadowlands (1985),

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (2004),

The Shiralee (1987),

Shock (1946),

Siddhartha (Herman Hesse, 1922 / 1972),

The Sign of Four (Arthur Conan Doyle, 1890 / 1930),

Slumdog Millionaire (2008), and

Soldier's Home (Ernest Hemingway, 1925 / 1977) -- on a day (when H obtains through the mail

Magnificent Obsession, 1954) consistent with the

weird weather of this month (rain with only brief intervals of sun, and temps in the 60's, in a recent trend  seemingly of warmer to colder, despite the lengthening days).

In other news, finish Psalm 57 (8-page variant on King David: IX), transfer compositions through The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Op. 116) from PC to Mac via email, create a pdf of Seasons' Eves (Op. 14): III. Autumn (Halloween), and incorporate a 20th clip for the Camino Real: Block 9 video.