Hello and good morning, all.
I apologize for neither posting nor notifying anyone about my lack of posting last week. My sister very kindly surprised me by coming in from out of town and visiting, and I spent much of last Thursday enjoying the Miami Zoo, which I’ve never visited before, though I live only a dozen or so miles away. It was excellent, and there were so few guests at the zoo that day that it felt almost like our own personal menagerie. At one point, we literally rode the monorail entirely by ourselves.
In some ways, it’s just as well that I didn’t post anything last week, because—as far as writing and editing goes—I’ve been taking a few weeks off. As I may have mentioned before, I’m working on a new/old song, and the process of putting it together has taken up most of my spare time over the past few weeks, or at least the spare time I would have spent writing. I say “new/old” because I wrote the original words (about a quarter of which have been changed) and the melody of this song when I was a junior or senior in college, sometime around 1990 or so, I’d guess, but I never did anything with it, and it’s just been floating around in my head ever since. Of course, it’s entirely possible that, once anyone listens to it, they’ll think that it would have been just as well had it stayed there.
Still, the success (from my point of view) of my composition and recording of “Schrodinger’s Head” and the recording and mixing of a few of my “bad covers” on Iterations of Zero made me think it might be fun finally to make this thing into something actual rather than potential. Of course, the things I’ve learned while working on this song make me want to go back and redo Schrodinger’s Head, and to make another song that I originally composed in college, and to write a new song about a unique manga character whom I particularly like…but I’ll try not to let all that get in the way of everything else.
We shall see.
In any case, it’s been good to have a little break from Unanimity. My new song is a long one, but seven and a half minutes of song is quite a bit different from seven and a half hundred pages (and more than half a million words) of novel. The delay on Free-Range Meat is perhaps less excusable, it being a literally short story, but it can handle the break. And, of course, Neko/Neneko is a horizon-type project for the moment, in any case.
So, that’s about all the news I have to share today. I’m juggling many projects that are in various stages of creation and completion, but at least that gives any readers of and/or listeners to my work—if such people exist—much to which to look forward.
In the meantime, I wish you well.