So today is a good day for me. I got a job! Huzzah!
In other news, I went online and found out how to make my own rains stick. Mostly because you can never have too many instruments, right? But also because I thought it would be a fun activity. And it was. I used a cardboard tube from a poster someone in my family got in the mail. It’s sturdy and it rather large. I put nails in it spiraling all over then filled it with unpopped popcorn that had been in our pantry for far too long and would therefore not be missed. I am in the process of covering it in plastic tape of fun colors to hide the nail heads and make it easier for small children to play with. It’s quite relaxing and now I’m wondering if I can make other home made percussion instruments. I’m pretty sure I can make a tambourine out of paper plates and jingle bells. And I could probably construct an ocean drum in a similar manner to my rain stick. Either way, I’m having fun being creative and crafty.
I ran out of plastic tape but this is the (almost) finished product.
In other news, I finished my SATB arrangement of Dreamland and I absolutely love it. Now I just have to find people to perform it…
I have returned from the Great White North. Canada really is a beautiful country. And hopefully, this summer, (when it’s warm) I can visit more of it. I have applied to two summer music programs, one in Toronto and one in Montreal. Hopefully, the odds will be in my favor and I can spend some more time in Canada. Below is a picture from Winterlude of a piano made of ice! Because Canada! You can follow me on Instagram to see other pictures from my trip, as well as daily musings.
In other news, this September, a friend of mine from school is getting married. I am always glad to share in my friends’ good news! She as asked me to play piano at her wedding, which is awesome! I’m in the process of creating an arrangement of a piece that another friend of hers wrote for the ceremony. The original file is for piano, guitar, voice, and percussion and I’m making into a piano vocal score. This is turning out to be quite the learning experience for me because, while I dabbled in some arranging in my orchestration class at Campbell, that is my only experience with arranging. So far, at least, I am enjoying the project. The song is beautiful and figuring out which voice should play which part is kind of like a puzzle that I’m enjoying putting together. But it is turning out to be a long process. I’m about halfway done with the notation. The next step is to print and see what is actually playable and what I need to tweak to make more accessible. And then it’s just practice, practice, practice until September.
So I’m still in Canada for a few more days. And it is still cold and I’m sill wrapped up in various blankets. We got quite a bit of snow yesterday. Giant, fat flakes too. And while I see a Winter Wonderland, my Canadian friends see shoveling and work and a nuisance. One day, I’m sure snow will lose its magic for me. But today is not that day.
Last Friday, I posted a new thing on my Facebook page called Feature Friday, wherein which I wrote an in-depth blurb about Jabberwocky. This is going to become a monthly feature on my page. The first Friday of each month, I will feature a piece that I have written. So look forward to that and you can get notifications about Feature Fridays and other things by liking my Facebook page.
On to the other fun. I am putting the finishing touches on my SATB version of Dreamland. And in writing the piano reduction, I’ve realized why composers avoid voice crossing. But it’s okay, because I’m a rebel. I have also made some progress on The Lullaby of the Duchess. Personally, I’m loving it. But I’m a bit biased.
In other news, I’ve just begun an attempt at electronic music for a theme song for my mom’s videos. Surprisingly, Finale Notation Software has opened up a few (limited) doors for this endeavor, but in the future, I’ll be looking for programs that I can use to do it better. This will open up the door for more commissions in the future, so I’m excited to move forward and expand my musical expertise.
Anyway, that’s all for now.
That’s right, friends! I’m visiting Ottawa for the next week and a half. As a southerner, I have spent the last four days wrapped in various blankets because here’s a secret: Canada is cold! But it’s okay. Because I’ve been using this vacation time to do a lot of writing. I have made a lot of progress on my Lewis Carroll suite. I have also watched a lot of Netflix. But I think that’s irrelevant.