The facts at hand:
- I am addicted to the internet.
- I have a dissertation to finish, as well as a commission from the San Diego Chamber Orchestra.
- My compositional muscles are flabby from disuse.
- I need something/someone to whip me into shape.
- Starting today, I will write a short piece of music every day for 30 days.
- I will record each piece and post it online (the recordings will be quick ‘n’ dirty — either solo piano or cheesy MIDI).
- At the end of the 30 days, composition will have become a habit again!
I’ve had writer’s block for an embarrassingly long time. It’s a self-perpetuating thing. And overcoming it is made harder by the fact that my musical interests and aesthetic orientation have changed since I started my dissertation. I’ll use this time to experiment, and maybe get some ideas about what kind of music I want to write going forward. Or, maybe I’ll just have a collection of short, goofy pieces to share with friends. In any case, it’s a start. My new motto is, “Something is better than nothing.”
I must give credit to my friend, the visual artist Stacie Birky Greene for the inspiration behind this project. She did an artwork a day for a year!
I’m not going to specify the exact time of day each piece will go online, since it will certainly vary. I figure anytime before midnight is okay. So stay tuned! You can subscribe to email updates at the upper right-hand corner of the blog page!
Wish me luck!