Because I have a healthy fear of writer’s block, I have a lot of different approaches to composing.  In other words, instead of having one set way of beginning a new work, I have lots of options.  If one isn’t working, I turn to another, and another, and another.  Some pieces commence at the piano, some with pencil and paper, some on the laptop.

It can become confusing, though.

Has this ever happened to you?  I’m sitting at the piano, trying to find the right combination of notes or gestures to get what I’m after.  Suddenly, it’s there, I’ve got it.  What’s my next impulse?

Hit save.

Where did Mr. Steinway hide that key, anyway?

2 Responses to “Crossed Signals”
  1. Dave F. says:

    Happens all of the time, but I like your idea of changing the location (piano, laptop, paper). I usually give up at the piano – ha!

    And maybe one of Mr. Steinway’s “Sons” hid it?

  2. Kyle Gann says:

    I try to hit “save” when I’m writing with pencil on paper. It’s a weird impulse.

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