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  • February 23, 2007

    Hitched

    I know I’ve been incredibly lax about updates lately, but it’s been a crazy month. I was at Florida State from January 30 until February 3, then my mother came to visit until February 8th, when I left for Atlanta. I was just outside of Atlanta from the 8th until the 11th, when I went to Dallas/Fort Worth, then San Antonio (for the TMEA convention), and then I got home on the 18th. AEJ’s brother, Peter, came to visit from the 18th until the 20, and AEJ and I left for Las Vegas for a few days away on Tuesday. We just got home yesterday. Today is my first full day at home, sans house guests, in over 3 weeks. I leave for Chicago on Sunday.

    Needless to say, this entry will be brief, but not uneventful.

    While in Vegas, we played penny slots (and managed to get $1 up to over $8)…

    … stayed in a crazy-fancy room at the Wynn hotel — on the 56th floor…

    … contemplated buying jewel-encrusted pigs…

    … went to a Japanese steak house (which was not Benihana)…

    … enjoyed an incredible breakfast, right in our room (room service sure is fun — and have you ever seen a croissant with so many layers?!)…

    … considered hula-hooping, as this was clearly a hula-hooping zone…

    … went to an incredible dinner at Picasso, where we watched the Bellagio fountain show from a private terrace right on the water…

    … and I asked AEJ to marry me. She said yes.

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    February 5, 2007

    Turbine at FSU: Part I – The Audio

    I’m back from Florida State, and it was an absolutely incredible trip. One of the best. The problem is that I just got back on Saturday afternoon, slept most of the day, and today, I’ve been frantically revising the “Turbine” parts to reflect the changes that I made during the FSU rehearsals. Nothing huge — a new doubling during the tune at one point to help with balance; revising an awkward color shift that never really worked; clarifying a few percussion instrument options… Together, the changes take a while, though. I also made a huge print job and sent it off to my copy shop in anticipation of TMEA next week. Shattinger Music, the only place to purchase my music if you don’t get it directly from me, will be exhibiting at TMEA for the first time this year, and they’ve ordered 10 copies of each score. Add to this the fact that I’m completely out of sets of both “TurbineandRedline Tango,” and orders are pending on several rentals — meaning I had to request newly printed full sets of parts, too. It’s all worked out to be a print job of 15 sets of parts and 50 scores — and many hundreds of dollars, and who-knows-how-many pounds. My wussy arms aren’t going to be able to carry those boxes.

    The rush is because my mother is coming to visit tomorrow morning, and staying until Thursday — the same day that I leave again. So, today was really my only day to catch up on things before I leave for 10 days. This is all my way of trying to explain why I can’t yet write The Tale of Turbine and Strange Humors (and Newman) at Florida State. For now, I’ll just direct you to the newly-posted, 100% live recording — that’s right; not a single edit — of Rick Clary’s unbefrackinglievable performance of “Turbine” from Friday night. Seriously. If you’ve only ever heard the studio recording of “Turbine,” you need to hear this. When the ensemble made me start tearing up on stage at the end of the rehearsal on Wednesday (I swear, it must have been an allergy or something), I knew the concert was going to be good. See for yourself. I mean, just check out the French horns! Do you hear that insane rip up to the high D in the penultimate bar?!

    What’s incredible is that they’re going to perform it again in a few weeks at FSU, and then, a month after that — after another month of even more preparation and tweaking — they’re going to perform it at the CBDNA convention in Ann Arbor. Holy christ, that’s going to be incredible.

    So, pictures will come another day. For now, crank up the MP3, and take a look at the poster that FSU conducting student Nikk Pilato made for the concert. One of his best, I think. And yes, if you look really closely, you’ll see the numbers from “Lost” inside the actual turbine. Oh, and Rick Clary’s head.

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