Bits and Pieces

It’s January 28th. I have been done with school for about two months. And I’m in that terrible waiting period. Waiting to hear from jobs I’ve applied for, waiting for my upcoming two week vacation from my current retail job (four days, but who’s counting?), waiting for the next big step in my life. And I have this to say: waiting is BORING!

So, what have I been doing?

Well. Not much. But I am working on a few new projects.

  1. Mama’s Girl
    • Mama’s Girl is the musical I started writing. A few pieces are completed and were premiered in my senior composition recital last October. But now I have moved on to writing the stage directions and the dialogue and whatnot. This is the hard part, because I have only ever been a consumer of musicals. I have never been in one. But I have good friends who are willing to help me out and that’s important.
  2. Jabberwocky Companion pieces
    • Jabberwocky, which also premiered at my recital, alone is one of my favorite pieces I’ve written. And I had so much fun writing it that I thought I’d try to keep the magic going. So I’m writing three companion pieces for Jabberwocky, to other Lewis Carroll texts from Alice Through the Looking Glass. I’m writing settings for The Lullaby of the Duchess (SSAA), The Lobster Quadrille (TTBB), and Epilogue (SATB). However, I’m finding that I love Jabberwocky so much that I’m almost scared to write anything else for choir because it won’t measure up. But have no fear, because I will get over that hump.
  3. One-a-Day Piano book
    • This has been a project for over a year. But I am writing a book of short etudes for the beginning pianist. It’s… well, it’s a work in (very slow) progress.

But that’s how things go, I suppose.


Scores Now for Purchase!

Happy “Snow” (ice?) day from North Carolina!

About a week ago, I submitted a few pieces for publication on the Sheet Music Plus website. And they are now available for digital download! You can now purchase Jabberwocky and To a Stranger for your own use!

You can either go to the Scores page on this site, or you can visit this page to see a list of scores that are ready for purchase!

Me and My Bass Guitar

So. We bought a bass guitar the other day. And like the proverbial moth to the proverbial flame, I am drawn to learn how to play it. I mean, I only play like six instruments. What’s one more? Right? I think I have a problem.

Anyway. I discovered the preset songs on my keyboard are a great way to learn to play along. So that’s how I practice bass. And now, a week later, I have some killer calluses to show for my efforts. Plus, I can play “I Don’t Know Why” pretty darn well.