Invited to guest conduct the Pride Choir for one night was a real challenge – not only because I hardly ever teach songs in parts, but because I was offered the “Arrange – A Song from the ‘140 Coming Out Stories’ book opportunity. On pages 4 and 5 I found two stories that inspired me. One became a round (the melody arrived in about two minutes, quickly captured on my phone) and the other started with one line of music which turned into a mini-opera a few weeks later at 6 a.m. lying in bed. I rushed downstairs and got my Zoom recorder on, and was capturing all the ideas with a half-awake voice. By 7 a.m. I had several “mash-ups” and a flourish-y arpeggio ending announcing: “I AM A LES-BI-ANNNN!” Now that’s some food for thought for my neighbours.
I love my job.