Working on piano/vocal scores for Cool Night and Genealogie these days, and I can honestly say there is no compositional task I find more frustrating. Can’t ever find a happy medium between leaving out my favorite parts and tangling the fingers in too many notes.   I could use a fairy godmother about now, someone to tap me on the shoulder and say, “Here is the way to do it.”  Or, better yet, “Here, let me do it for you.”

Unfortunately, I know that the latter offer, as nice as it would be to hear, would get me nowhere, because I could never be satisfied with the way someone else did the job.  I am cursed to keep trying to get it right, despite overwhelming evidence that I never will.

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