Music Update
Sunday, December 7, 2008

Well, the party on Saturday went well.  There were a little over a dozen folks in attendance.  We sang some Christmas carols.  People drank lots of margaritas.  Four of the guys sang a few Barbershop tunes.  By request, I played a couple of my piano compositions.  Two gentlemen sang King's Lament from Scandabar Mountain (...that's another one I want to record, and I'm hoping one of the guys who sang it last night will do the recording).  And a group of folks sang my new piece.

It was really wonderful and gracious of everyone to be so willing and eager to try out the new piece.  It's a shame that I have so little experience in conducting and directing a choir; I think that was a real limitation.  But everyone was a good sport, and it did sound pretty good.  I'm afraid I was focused too much on trying to keep everyone together and on pitch, that I wasn't able to just sit back and listen to how it sounds.  I really have a lot to learn when it comes to working with a group in that fashion.  But in any case, the party was fun, and people seemed to like the piece.

Next step is recording.  My brother and I will start off by recording all the parts ourselves, learning a few things along the way.  Then, we'll get the real singers in to do the final recording.  I have no idea how long this process is going to take, and of course we all have lives to live in the meantime.

So, speaking of in the meantime, I've selected the text for my next composition.  I'll be doing Psalm 142.  I've very carefully selected and edited the text to make sure I'm not infringing any copyright laws (...it kind of rattles me a bit that, unless you want to use Latin or the old King James Version, you are in dangerous legal territory.  But in any case, with some very careful editing and selection, I now have the text I'm going to use).  Oh, and, since Koenscherzo came out so beautifully, I'm going to bind Psalm 13 as well.  I figure I may as well just bind each new composition as I finish it.  It will make for quite a fine library someday, I imagine!

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How long, O Lord?  Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and every day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and hear me, O Lord my God;
Enlighten my eyes,
lest I sleep the sleep of death;
Lest my enemy say,
"I have prevailed against him";
Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in Your unfailing love;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
for He has been good to me.

— Psalm 13