March 11, 2007:

Hasn’t been much to write about, just pounding it out everyday in the studio.

For the past few days and probably for the next few, I have been feverishly trying to pull together the orchestra version of “The Attitude Song.” It’s a bear!

I originally scored this piece for the Rochester orchestra back in the early ’90s. It had gone through some changes and simplifications for the Metropole.

Some sections in the original score were notated with two time signatures going on at the same time. But when it came time to notate that in the computer program that was being used to enter the written score in, the program had a serious challenge with doing the poly meters.

The result was that it had to be written in one time signature but sound as though it was in two. This made some of the parts more complicated to drive through. The speeding zones were not properly posted so there are areas where there are deadly note pile-ups. I have to police the situation and clear the wreckage. I guess it wouldn’t be so bad if I didn’t have to spend so much time in Grand Staff court trying to sort out the accident-als.

But it’s slowly coming together and I’m seeing a light at the end of the Bass Clef tunnel.

Then I remember that there is an upcoming European tour this summer and I have to put a whole new band and show together and reinvent my technique on the instrument by May…

No problem… sure!!!!

But I don’t think I’m supposed to talk about that yet…

Ahhh, that light was the front of an on coming train.

A day in…