Backing Up Files

If you know me well, you know that I do a good chunk of my writing directly on the computer. If you know me well, you also know that I don’t always take the best care of my computers. I have been working from a laptop/tablet combo for the last few years and it seems to be working out okay. I did have one crash which meant I lost the first draft of Wade in the Water (luckily I had a hard copy) and a few other pieces I was working on (Say goodbye to The Lullaby of the Duchess…).

I’m the type who works on a piece almost nonstop and then laments when my computer fails me. But luckily, I am also the type to print out and revise from a hard copy (shout out to Dr. C for that habit). That being said, I nearly lost Wade in the Water a second time because my computer malfunctioned this weekend. Yes, I had a hard copy but I discovered errors in the piano reduction that needed to be fixed. Plus, I hate putting files back into Finale from scratch. It’s the bane of my existence.

Anywho, this morning when I finally got my computer booted up, I immediately saved everything I have been working on to my trusty flash drive. This flash drive is magic and somehow in three years, I’ve never lost it. Thought I did. Especially when I was stressing through my recitals and everything I had ever written for my recital was saved on that flash drive. I have been lucky with it though. Left it in the computer lab at Campbell once while working on my electronic music final project. I went home and forgot it and all night I panicked because my final project was on the drive and I had no idea where it was. Got to school early the next day (in case I had to start over) and there it was. My beautiful (lucky) flash drive.

So worry not, dear friends. My files are safe and backed up and my computer looks like it shall live to write another day.

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Writing in 7/8

It is a well-known fact among my close friends and family that I like weird time signatures. Partly because my kid brother (who played euphoium in high school) loves music with weird time signatures and partly because it’s just something different. I don’t hide it. It’s who I am. I try not to write in weird time signatures too often because I know its complicated and people don’t like complicated. (Ha!) But I had to with Jabberwocky. Because Lewis Carroll was a weird guy and Jabberwocky is a weird poem. So too, should the music be. For those who don’t know, smack dab in the middle of my choral setting of Jabberwocky is a section in 10/8 for a rhythmic chant. And it worked out beautifully.

So I wanted to write more stuff in weird time signatures. That is how Festival Dance, my newest piano solo came about. Sometimes, when I’m writing music, it just flows from my brain onto the paper (or computer) without interruption. These are the pieces I know I will write fast and well. It happened with Jabberwocky. It happened with Inferno. And it’s happened again with Festival dance. It is a light and jovial piece into which I tried to capture euphoria and joy. I set it in 7/8 with a few measures in 4/8 for good measure (ha!). As soon as I put the finishing touches (dynamics and page editing, ugh!) I will put it up on here for all to witness. I think it’s safe to say I have made my kid brother proud!