Relocating to Arizona has been wonderful.Â After I stepped away from teaching and in early â€˜06 moved to this clean, dry climate with its endless vista of sky, my creativity has surged.Â Â Once all the mechanics of moving were sorted out, I began toÂ feel as ifÂ twenty years have been stripped away, and Iâ€™m just approaching age 40 â€“ a composerâ€™sÂ â€˜prime timeâ€™.
Especially this last half-year has been chock-full of new notes. Two big pieces just finished ( three premieres looming in Sept.-Oct.), another premiere andÂ newÂ CD released in March ,Â a big essayÂ published and another furbished up for issue next year, and feature articles in summer issues ofÂ two magazines.Â Â
And itâ€™s not just me.Â My husband, Gary, has gone back to his artÂ — whichÂ IÂ see as having parallels with my music.Â With communicationÂ nowadays requiringÂ on-the-spot definition,Â I welcome the comparison.Â Â We both Gary share these traits:Â Â Tradition made fresh, overall modernist viewpoint,Â Â engage with the subject in a dramatic way, high quotient of design on every level,Â emotional impact,Â huge scope.Â Â Â (Take a look at one of Garyâ€™s recent works from the Large Animal series,Â Â 4 ft x 7.5 ft, cut paper on paper. )
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In later posts I plan to write about specific pieces under development, about being a teacher of composers (composer blogs now largelyÂ tilt towards a comp.Â studentâ€™s perspective), and something on navigating the waters of the currentÂ new-music scene.Â But this opening post is just to get things started.
Whatâ€™s yourÂ answerÂ toÂ Pete Townshendâ€™sÂ question,
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Who are you?Â (Boop-boop, Boop-boop)