Thursday, October 7, 2010

Lyrical Hell

Trying to compose something new: lyrics. How can it be the word, the rhyme, the trick, the double-cross can be so damned elusive? Where are you phrase, oh rhetoric? Oh thesaurus, a Gilead fresh out of balm. It's all for a series of songs.

I have this idea for redeveloping an old piece, actually a section from an old assignment from college. There is a pretty opening statement followed by a mysterious section that transforms into this beautiful moment, and returns to mysterious, and the rest of the piece is garbage. I just want to extract the mysterious section, but I am having a block about what would go around it.

I attended the SCL annual membership meeting and met a lot of very awesome composers. I get so intimidated at those functions, discovering how many years of education people have, study and mentoring. I'm glad I went, though I didn't talk to nearly as many people as I should have. I don't know why I tend to shut down in situations like that, but I do; one of my more annoying habits.