Today this blog embarks on its seventh year, calling to mind the words of A. A. Milne:

“the only excuse which I have yet discovered for writing anything is that I want to write it; and I should be as proud to be delivered of a Telephone Directory con amore as I should be ashamed to create a Blank Verse Tragedy at the bidding of others.”

So brace yourself for another year of unbidden Blank Verse Comedy from infinite curves.

The new year is a time to shed old habits.  I’m not very good at shedding old habits, though, so I’ll begin this year the same way I have the last five: by reviewing some highlights from the last 12 months.

JANUARY

The Daedalus Quartet premieres The Infinite Sphere in Washington, Winston-Salem and Philadelphia.

FEBRUARY

Recording Infinite Sphere with the Daedalus Quartet; rehearsing Through the Night with the Emerson QuartetAlbany Records releases Appendage and Other Stories, a disk of vocal works.

MARCH

Emerson Quartet gives the premiere of Through the Night in Cologne.  Daedalus Quartet records Flight and Air.

APRIL

First three American performances of Through the Night in Winston-Salem, Seattle and our nation’s capital.

MAY

Figments and Fragments debuts in southern California and The Infinite Sphere is played in New York.

JUNE

Two performances of The Better Angels of Our Nature at the Ravinia Festival.

JULY

Guest residency at the Wintergreen Summer Arts Academy.

AUGUST

Fanfare Magazine weighs in on Appendage and Other Stories.

SEPTEMBER

Cool Night debuts in Utah, Better Angels in Pennsylvania.

OCTOBER

Emerson Quartet plays Through the Night in New York and Philadelphia; some guest teaching at SUNY Stony Brook and Curtis; Bridge releases Insects and Paper Airplanes.


NOVEMBER

Figments and Fragments in Salt Lake City and Boise, and a premiere for Brio.

DECEMBER

Fanfare Magazine’s “Best of 2010” list for Appendage and Other Stories.

Sometimes old habits taste like old wine; sometimes they taste like old fish.  2010 was one of the good years.  A heartfelt thanks to everyone out there who played, listened to or even thought about my work.

Let’s get 2011 rolling now, shall we?

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