Wednesday, November 8, 2017
The Music Man
No politics today (yay!) because, unlike most days, I actually had professional work to do and it used up all my time and all my intelligence. As I'm probably about to prove.
For the past several decades, I've made my living writing for the entertainment industry. Mind you, I'm in Texas and I'm a writer - so I don't have any wild tales of drug fueled parties, sexually defiled potted plants, or rings of pedophiles. I'm not saying that those things couldn't happen in Texas, I'm saying that no one invites writers to parties.
A lot of my writing has been on kid-friendly projects with a musical component, as was the case today. Specifically, I'm collaborating with a very talented composer (and close friend) to create a live orchestral piece which will introduce kids to symphonic music without A) boring their socks off, or B) being "Peter and the Wolf" for the umpteenth time. The hope is that it will be performed by multiple orchestras across the nation, and that those orchestras will pay handsomely for the privilege of doing so. No government grants here, folks!
In essence, the production will feature humorous narration interspersed with delightfully bombastic music, while funny illustrations (several of which may be about farts) are projected onto a screen to keep the young audience laughing. Today's job was figuring out where those many illustrations should go in the script, and exactly what the images will be so we can communicate instructions to our Ukrainian artist. A business arrangement which may land us a subpoena from the ever and overzealous Robert Mueller.
Overall, a fun and productive day. Who could ask for anything more? -Stilt
Posted by Stilton Jarlsberg at 12:01 AM