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?
Where did Mr. Steinway hide that key, anyway?