After his encounter with the two Giants, the Tailor is more than happy to get back on the road to the palace. As he travels, however, he can’t stop thinking about the Princess he met in the marketplace. Eventually, his journey brings him to the palace where she lives.
The Princess Dance emerged out of a fun interaction between choreographer Scott McPheeters, director Leslie Reidel, the performers and me. We used the theme that had been introduced back in the marketplace, but then I dropped in a couple club beats and asked guitarist Chris Farrell to give me some sixteenth note action. The fact that Josh, who plays the Tailor, is no great dancer doesn’t matter a bit; his slightly goofy quality is a perfect fit for this quirky moment. I love it when I can reuse thematic material with some sort of transformation, and the same thing happens when the Tailor returns to the road: I bring back the shuffle-beat blues that opened the show, adding a ritard to suggest his growing exhaustion.
Tomorrow, an encounter with two villagers makes a big difference in how the Tailor is received at the palace!
Meanwhile, how about checking out another Project 194 song at random? Use the links on the right, or try this one.
I spent a rewarding day preparing a lecture on Bernstein’s Mass and a class on songs in contemporary musicals, but my work was so absorbing that I’m a little past midnight getting these posts up on the blog. If anyone is keeping track, you’re welcome to give me a demerit for today’s performance. I think, however, that it’s probably the case that I’m accountable to no-one but myself on this one, and so I’ll pretend that everything is in order here at Project 194.
We left off the story of the Brave Little Tailor after he killed seven flies with a single stroke and made himself a banner proclaiming that fact. He set off to tell the kingdom about his accomplishment, pausing along the way to take on a little bird as a passenger. Now, we pick up the tale as he meets a Giant who seems unimpressed by his accomplishment. Let’s listen to what happens next.
Tomorrow – well, later today, that is – I’ll post the next episode, as the Tailor daydreams about the Princess on his way to the Palace. Meanwhile, I’m turning in for a bit of night dreaming. Tomorrow is my lecture on Mass, a work which rocked my world when I saw it the first week of my freshman year at UDel. I’m eagerly looking forward to introducing a new generation of undergrads to this mind-blowing music theater work!
Dear reader, I’m pooped. Meeting my delivery deadline for today’s presentation of The Brave Little Tailor meant burning some midnight oil. I got these tracks ready for the rehearsal, and they were enthusiastically received, but I don’t have much to say about them tonight on the blog, so the work will have to speak for itself, at least for now.
Spent the day recording voice-overs and sounds and editing The Brave Little Tailor, which is, like all the Enchantment projects, the sort of mosaic of music and other auditory materials that Garageband is perfect for fabricating. Consider, for instance, the following:
These are the first two cues for the show, and in them you’ll hear narrator Scott Greer, vocalist Carl Clemons-Hopkins, guitarist Chris Farrell and yours truly presiding over the MIDI orchestra. The next few days I’ve got about two dozen short cues like this to wrangle into their final form. It’s work that I enjoy, but requires time and focus, both of which are fading fast as midnight approaches on Day 103.
By the way, Brave Little Tailor has scheduled several public performances, including The Free Library of Philadelphia, Main Branch, on Sunday, May 10 at 2pm, Smith Memorial Playground on Sunday, May 31 at 11am, and Morris Arboretum on Saturday, June 6 at 2pm. Plan to check it out, and bring a kid!