A short post just to say… “I’m not dead.” I’ve started about twenty fabulously expansive rants and I just run outta gas.
But it’s been too long. So…
1. We’re actually gettin’ near the end. I had all these grand pretensions of posting snippets of notation and audio and all these really cool images of Detroit in it’s hey day and man? I get exhausted even thinking about doing all that multi-media pre-marketing shit. But the music is even better than I thought. It took me a long time to really believe it… It was just so impossible when I started that I didn’t take it all that seriously in some respects.
2. I was warned not to care too much. Which I completely laughed off. What am I? Some kinda method actuh? But at some point, all melodrama aside, the nature of Detroit got to me. It is no exaggeration to say that I’ve made myself clinically depressed getting to know these people. I cannot wait to have this over. It’s all I can do to keep from grabbing a banjo or watching Little Caesar for the ninety fourth time instead of re-writing the same horn sections I keep messin’ up. Fortunately, I can take solace in the ‘Infinite Number Of Monkeys’ theory of creativity. With enough trial and error, even a roomful of chimps will come up with a great horn chart.
I could whine about all the various trials and tribulations—as well as the occasional successes and happy accidents. But like I said, it gets to be a bit much. I will say: Thank God for Spring! The extra sunlight is about the only thing keepin’ me going.
I’ll shut up now and get back to it.