Success! After multiple premieres, concerts, cabarets, operettas, and several fabulous costume changes, I managed to survive one of the busiest months of my life. So now I’m sitting back at my desk, sipping a Mike’s Hard Black Cherry Lemonade (Girly drink? Yes. Delicious? You’d better believe it.), and enjoying this brief moment of relaxation before life gets crazy again. I might even be able to go hiking sometime in the next few days, assuming it doesn’t rain nearly as much as the current weather forecast says it will.
Fortunately, I have a number of upcoming commissions that are currently in the works, so this period of relaxation can be enjoyed for what it is and in no way foreshadows that I will be sitting around in my boxers playing World of Warcraft all day for the next few months because I don’t have any work (which is not to say that there won’t be at least a bit of underwear-sporting MMORPG time). I’ve finished the first movement of my up-and-coming flute concerto and I’m quite happy with how it’s turning out thus far, so I count that as a significant win. I have a few other upcoming commissions that I may or may not be at liberty to talk about at the moment, but suffice to say they’re quite cool and another step in the right direction in terms of getting my music out there in the world of high school bands and choirs. And, as of just a day or two ago, I’ve decided to place an entry in this:
Sounds cool, no? Hard to say if anything will actually come of it, but I’ve already started work on a piece that’s big, loud, fast, and fun. Never content with simply showing up with a gun to a knife fight, I plan on
showing up with a squadron of tanks. Musically tasteful tanks, of course. Without giving any details of the music away, regardless of what happens in this competition, I think it’s going to be a pretty cool piece.
On a somewhat unrelated note, my good friend and operatic-superstar-in-the-making Sarah Davis has a new website up and running, and you all should check it out. I’ve put up a link on my “Links” page, or you can click here: www.sarahdavismezzo.com
James K. Ballard
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