Thursday, September 18, 2008
So, I've been a little vacant from the blog. There's no reason to send out search parties or anything. Just very busy.
Even when I'm home, I'm working a lot. Though, I have taken some time to catch up on some of my favorite tv shows, as well as discovering some new stuff.
However, the real reason I've been absent from the blog is I've been working on songs for the next album. Specifically, a song set called Requiem that I think will be at the end of my next album.
When I was in college and studied music, one thing that almost every composer of note worked on was a Requiem mass. Schubert, Verdi, Mozart, Beethoven...the list goes on. All of them worked on Requiem masses. In the 20th century composers like Rutter have composed their own - more modern, albeit - versions of the Requiem. So, in college I always had my sights set on composing my own Requiem.
As I've become a composer of sorts in the pop/rock genre, I have been mulling for a while over the idea of composing a pop/rock Requiem set in English instead of Latin and combine it with classical elements.
So, I took the Latin text, found the best translation of the text and then either adapted the text to being a lyric or wrote a song based on the text. I've spent about 3 months mulling over how to pull it off, and then actually started writing the songs about a month ago. When I got home, last week, I went to work in earnest on the project.
The hardest part was trying to figure out how to adapt the text. The Latin text is all Scripture, so sometimes it worked well to simply use the text. But sometimes the text was obscure Scriptural references to angels and crazy-named places in Palestine...obviously the average listener isn't going to get the references....so, taking the ideas, breaking them down to their basic concepts and then forming a song around them, well, it was difficult.
But...today I finished the basic demos for the song set. The 9-part text turned into 6 songs. When they get produced they'll have boys choir, a chamber orchestra, full band, a full choir in places, and much more. It's going to be a massive production. But it's gonna be really, really cool!
I can't wait for you all to hear it!