ideas for new works


While I’m still working on a solo violin piece for Todd Reynolds, I’ve been giving some thought to where I might go next. Some ideas:

1. A work based on the words of Ernesto Guevara Lynch (yes, Che was part Irish), which might also include words by Joe Slovo, Henry MacNeil Turner and Emma Goldman. I was originally thinking of scoring it for piano and bongo drums and have the speaker dressed as El Che, but that might be a bit much.
2. Another piece for strings (maybe a string trio) since they’re the instruments that seem to have the fewest issues with playing sustained and repetitive music
3. Definitely nothing for orchestra

Why Che/Goldman/Slovo, all of whom were socialists and, with the exception of Emma Goldman, communists? Because despite their personal ideology with which I have issues, they believed in bettering those in their societies who were excluded. Turner wasn’t a communist but a freed slave who spoke eloquently about how blacks were being discriminated against by a white population for no reason other than the color of their skin. All four had interesting and important things to say about their times, and their words are just as needed today. I have a lot of mixed feelings about Che. He wasn’t a despicable human being the way the Right demonize him. Nor was he a saint. He was very human, but did a lot out of sympathy with the downtrodden even if his means (violent revolution) and philosophy (Marxism) can be argued against.

But I first have to finish the violin piece. It’s been dormant for about two weeks now and I’m not sure how much time I’ll have for it on my next trip to the Bay Area but I’m hoping to have it to Todd really soon.

BTW, I wrote this on the iphone’s WordPress app. I’m not happy with it because there doesn’t seem to be any way to view saved drafts. So this was take three. Your WordPress app needs some work, guys.