This was last Friday, and today is Monday. From Sunday to Sunday there were five rehearsals and three shows (the first rehearsal was eight hours long!). The week was a lot of fun; I got to play with some old friends and makes some new ones. The conductor/pianist was absolutely delightful and it was nothing but fantastic to work with him. Although by the last performance I had started getting bored of watching the same show over and over again, the music was challenging enough to keep me occupied. For a week’s worth of rehearsals, I’d have to say the performances went quite well.
That said, the piece is now done and ready for performance. Considering that this is the second choir piece I have ever written, this is in no way a masterpiece. However, I do believe that it is a beautiful piece of music with some great sonorities. My main inspiration was Eric Whitacre’s Sleep. Just like Sleep, the piece is not rhythmically complex, but rather aims to amaze with its chords. The interplay of dissonance and consonance makes or breaks these types of pieces.
Now the challenge is finding singers who can perform the work. I could wait until school comes around and ask the choir to perform it, but I’m quite impatient and also a little hesitant to ask the choir, for various reasons. Another option is to find some singer friends and ask for their help, but I would need at least two singers for each voice part, and that may be a difficulty.
More to come on the status of the performance and the details of the piece.
I’m hoping that these new speakers will make my home studio experience much more enjoyable.
Oh, and I also got a harmonica. That’s pretty cool too (I’ve always wanted one).
Hopefully, with all this work that I’m putting into re-working a large portion of my choir piece, it’ll turn out to be a good one.
Yesterday night, my buddy and I were visited by an old friend who had moved out of town way back in 6th grade. He brought along a friend of his own, and the four of us, all being musicians, immediately started playing some tunes. Drums, keyboard, sax, and guitar: we had quite a bit of fun rocking out to Chameleon (hence the title of this post), Viva la Vida, and more. We got to know each other better through talking about our own high school, especially the bands, and shared a few funk/jazz tunes that we loved.
After the jam session, we walked outside and made a nice little campfire and had a good chat. The night was great: a lot of fun and a lot of music. Seeing an old friend is always good, and making new ones is always exciting, but doing both at the same time with your best buddy, through music, is… well, it couldn’t get much better than that.
Oh, and I should probably mention it: I’m the co-president of our school band for my Senior year. And at this point I guess I could call myself the webmaster as well.
And with that, back to re-voicing my choir piece.