I haven’t been on here in a month o’ Sundays. My loyal readership has no doubt gone elsewhere seeking intellectual stimulation. (As long as that’s all you’re seeking on the Interwebs. There’s lots o’ bad stuff out there, people.)
For breakfast, with my usual hard-cooked egg and green tea, I had toast made from homemade whole-wheat bread, which in turn was made from home-ground, organic, soft white winter wheat. I topped it with a little homemade, organic butter. The organic buttermilk that was left over from the butter making process yesterday went into homemade pancakes last night (made with the aforementioned home-ground flour, and topped with the also-aforementioned homemade butter and pure maple syrup). Now if we only had a cow and some chickens, we’d never have to buy anything at the store. 🙂
I’ve not been so obsessed with blogging lately as I’ve been obsessed with learning Finale PrintMusic, which is my new best friend. I got “Welcome, Child of Mary” in shape with it and sent it off to Augsburg Fortress a couple of days ago. You can now submit stuff electronically, but it still takes 3 months to get a decision. Pity. Now, I’m working on a long-overdue arrangement of “Das Vaterunser.” Don’t worry, SU people, it’s pretty much the same, but I’m actually writing out my piano part (instead of just the chord symbols) and re-harmonizing the penultimate stanza (the one that we usually sang unaccompanied). I mean, if I don’t do something to it, then it’s not exactly my arrangement, and I can’t exactly submit it anywhere, can I? Yeah, I did do the English text. Woo hoo. But that’s not enough for it to count as an arrangement in a publisher’s eyes.
I’ve had so much fun with PrintMusic, I even found an old Two-Part Invention I did for Theory (either Theory 5, 6, or 7, whichever one required us to write a two-part invention). I had gotten an A on it, but I had (gasp!) parallel 5ths in one measure. So I corrected it and E-mailed it to Dr. Jensen, some 20 years later. I sent a copy to “Uncle Don” too, for good measure, along with a copy of “Welcome, Child of Mary” as a way of saying “See, I’m still doing a little something in music, whenever I get the chance.”
Choir director types (Morris, Bryan, Chip, Billy, others who may read this ) and HS choral-director types (Allison and others), your choir wants to do my music! They really, really do. You really want to commission something too: you just didn’t realize it until now. You also want to commission a piece from me and have me come do a worship workshop with your congregation and/or a choral workshop with your choir. You know you do.