Some New Steel Drum Music | 06/14/04
I woke up this morning with a TERRIBLE stomach ache. I attribute it largely to the amount of soup I ate last night. I decided the best approach would be to sleep it off and it was finally gone around 1pm. I spent the afternoon working on a new piece, Flee Market. I don't know where that title came from but perhaps it was because I was working on the parts for Petting Zoo. Anyway, I think it's going to be another great piece. I don't mean that in a terribly arrogant way but neither Stinger nor Brand New Day were particularly noteworthy (hah) and I'm glad that the past two days have been so fruitful. Jamie brought some Roadhouse back for dinner but it was so fatty that Chompy had to rescue me from eating it by myself. After dinner I watched the first half of the Cubs dismantle Roger Clemens and the Astros. After that, Jamie and I hit the courts for some tennis. Since it rained so heavily earlier, the dreaded cockroaches were out en masse but we were able to avoid getting our faces bitten. I managed a win tonight and we were just barely into the first game of the second set when the lights went out. Scared of the bugs, we left.
I'm getting nervous to hear back from Williamsburg. The decision is going to be made "at the earliest this week" so I made sure to check my email over 100 times today (even though I have the mail.com notifier that checks every 30 seconds I don't trust it for important things). While I really would like the job, I still have another 30 applications floating around these fair United States. I would like to know something from somewhere soon, because my lease expires at the end of July and I need to make plans, contingency or otherwise.
I can't believe how many mistakes I make when I write these entries. I found seven in last night's alone and I'm sure I still missed some. Not proofreading at the time of the initial entry gives me something to do the next day, when there's not a whole heck of a lot going on.
Here are the midi-playback versions of the two pieces discussed earlier.
MAGMA - Finale won't play the 1st and 2nd endings properly so there's some weird phrasing and the bass solo on midi is awful, but it gives you an idea.
Flee Market - Watch as this piece develops before your eyes! Here are the first 30 measures or so.
Friend from CalTech, you still owe me a guest-journal-entry, so send it to me.