The Promised Land – adventures in orchestration

I took down the previous blog on my website because it was being overwhelmed by spammers and I didn’t want to go through all 39,000+ comments (not an exaggeration). So, I’m sorry if you reached out to me and I didn’t respond. This new blog is mainly for me. I just need a place to think out loud. Incidentally, I added a plugin to block those darn buggers. Spammers, beware.

It’s been a long time since I’ve shared any of my writings – music or script. This is mainly due to the fact that being a full-time choir teacher is an all-consuming occupation. It’s hard to find the time to use the restroom, let alone allow my brain to run free in the land of creativity. Summer is the only time for anything personal and is usually taken by my family and husband. But this summer COVID 19 has put a damper on all activities, which has given me some time to sit down at my computer. I like it here … where I can write and think and just be me.

“You Won’t Be Alone” was the first piece I orchestrated from my show, “The Promised Land.” In fact, it is the first piece I have ever orchestrated. Strangely enough, it only took me a couple of days. Other songs, that I thought would be a piece of cake, took weeks. Weird. But that is the way art is.

“Open Up Your Heart ” is the piece that I am working on right now. This song means sooooo much to me and I don’t want to ruin it. So, instead I am writing here as a means of boosting my courage to face the situation. If you’ve ever stared at a blank page of manuscript paper and wondered how you were going to get it all out of your brain and on to the page, then you know what I mean.

Okay, I’m just going to do it. I’m going to get back to work. One foot in front of the other. One step at a time. That’s how I survived writing “Woe is Us.” Okay, okay…. I’ve got this. (I hope.)

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