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Monday, May 17, 2004

Just in case I forget, my viola is here. I say this because my mind has been so full, I am beginning to forget important details about my life. The worst part is that I don't know what the details are, but I know I've forgotten them. I haven't received any news about whether the viola has sold or not, so I suppose I can assume it hasn't. Which is good news bad news.

I seem to have drained my bank account. But I know it will be full again before long, so I'm not as worried as I could be.

The composition for Midsummer Night's Dream is coming along all right, though I wish I were further ahead than I am. Last week I threw together an arrangement of the Nocturne from Mendelssohn's incidental music, arranged for violin, piano, saxophone and guitar - an, um, eclectic instrumentation. I threw in a trumpet on Saturday for Mark, and even though it was an afterthought, for some reason those two notes I'm having him play seem to make all the difference. Probably just needed something to balance the saxophone.

I also wrote the fairies' Lullaby for the first act that's fairly simplistic, but I'm hoping we can pull it off in performance.

And I attempted to recreate the final song (the blessing at the end of the play). Because we had already rehearsed a version of the song, it's hard for me to compose an entirely new setting of the text. I'm not happy with what I've come up with. I'm planning on reworking it tonight if I get the chance/inspiration.

Today my new 5-string acoustic electric violin arrived! The color is not as hideous as I first thought it would be, so I'm satisfied enough. The important thing is that it weighs around the same as a normal violin, so it's heaven to play compared to my solid-body electric, which makes my shoulder ache after only about half and hour of playing.
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