Wow. There’s been so much on my mind lately that I’ve completely forgotten about updating my blog! (I really don’t know how those people who blog every day manage to do it!)
Anyway, in my late August update, I mentioned that The Star Spangled Banner was back on the top of the pile, but shortly after I posted that, it had to go back on the bottom. A few weeks ago, I was reminded that I had agreed to do some arrangements for upcoming Christmas concerts, and hadn’t yet gotten started. It wasn’t that I’d forgotten, it’s just that I’m not one of those people who starts thinking about Christmas months ahead of time. (I’m actully a bit of a curmudgeon about it by now. Frankly, I’d be happy to not have to think about it at all!)
Well, I had managed to make a good start on the orchestral score of Star Spangled Banner, so when I get back to it, I don’t think it will take too long to finish. Meanwhile, in the past few weeks, I’ve been able to finish an arrangement of Some Children See Him (link will go to a YouTube video of Tennessee Ernie Ford singing it). AlsoI just finished a draft of Home For The Holidays, which I’m in the middle of orchestrating. I may have more to say about that later; it’s turning out to be more interesting than I expected. Next up will be to orchestrate someone else’s arrangement of Oseh Shalom; I haven’t started that yet, in fact I’ve barely looked at it, but it doesn’t look too complicated.
So, all this should be done in a week or two. Then, back to Star Spangled Banner, and the transcription of the Gurewich Saxophone Concerto. Then, all the arranging will be done, and I can get back to composing! I already have plans for some compositions, which I’ll talk about at the appropriate time.
In addition to the above, I’ve been working on a new version of my Christmas medley, Sing In Exultation! The new version is pretty much the same as before, except that I’ve reorchestrated a passage that never sounded right to me. The score and parts got sent to the printers on Friday, and I expect them to arrive this week (they almost always turn things around quickly).
So, I think that’s everything for now. And now, rest.