February 1st, 2014

fudd tenor

Gelobet seist du jeder Zeit, Frau Musica

I downloaded some pretty groovy music publishing software this week, and with it tackled an old project. Back in 1986 (Egad, has it been that long?), I wrote a choral setting for Psalm 24. It was the first time I had ever tried to write an accompaniment that didn't just double the voices. The problem was, I didn't have a good enough music writing program to hear the playback. I tried fixing some of its problems a few years later, but then it lay on a shelf.

I think I've got what few dissonances remained worked out, but editing a manuscript from nearly thirty years ago is really mind-boggling. My mind doesn't work the same way it did, nor are my fingers as flexible and well-rehearsed as they once were. For one thing, if I were writing it today, I wouldn't put in all the Italianate performance directions: Amabile, Deciso, Marziale, and the rest. For another thing, I would have chosen either 2/4 or 2/2 for the duple meter sections, not both. (The work starts out in duple meter, then broadens into a 4/4 march.) I also would have made the accompaniment, well, easier to play.

The work has never been performed, and may never be. But if I can get it polished up a bit, it'll make me happy. Still, it raises the question, what happened to my musical impulses? I wrote a fair bit of music back in the '80s and '90s. Maybe I've worked out what little inspiration I had. But it's not just music. I seem to have so little time to be creative any more.
pirate ship


Well, I went to the HS pool today to start getting in shape for Sea Base. I managed to do 16 lengths of the pool (25 meters each) -- about 12 freestyle and 4 elementary backstroke. I practiced floating, which I stink at. I didn't figure I'd be able to do but about a third of all that before I went, but by resting between each length I found I could do more than I thought. Of course, eventually, I'll have to do several lengths without resting, but that's for another day.

When I started doing the elementary backstroke, I felt my shoulder go *snap*crackle*pop* as I brought my arm up and thrust it out. That's not good, I thought. Anyway, I'm going to be sore tomorrow. I'm thinking I need to do a little swimming practice each week or so until summer. That should put me in shape and ready me for the BSA swim test.

Dakota came by and swam a bit. Her technique's not too bad, but she has no stamina. She also needs regular conditioning swims. The other Venturers didn't show; they all say they're up to speed and good to go. That may be so, but I'd really like to see them swim before we take off for Florida in June. I'm thinking a required swim is in order where we do the BSA swim test and we all know what we're capable of.