Come heck or high water I am going to have it done and out by this fall. I will have something out by then anyway. It might be more than one volume.
There is one thing I can do that always gets me psyched and that is listen to him. Today I tapped into Pennario performing the Rachmaninoff Second.
The only trouble is, it is amazing and distracts me.
Just the opening chords. Did any other pianist get them perfect like that? Every one builds on the one before, so perfectly.
He is just so great!
Well, I got through some work anyway. I should mention this work began at 5 a.m. I was up early! I could not sleep and so I got up.
May I say that sleepless that I was I managed to work for two hours without spilling coffee all over the computer keyboard as Howard did this morning when he sat down at it after a full night's sleep. You should see me trying to type this now. Not pretty!
While Howard was working on his stuff and spilling hs coffee I went for a walk in the park to wake up. The sun was out!
There are worse times to do editing, which is pretty much what this has come down to, than when you have not had much sleep. You are a little impatient and tend to cut stuff more willingly than when you have slept soundly. Do not worry however. It is like clothes bound for Amvets. They sit in the car trunk for a few days to give me time to reconsider.
Things that are deleted may always return.
In the meantime things are going well. It helps not working this huge job, you know? You have a little more time to think. Also, I have to say this, I love to write about music. I love to draw too, and I do not have to cut that out, I cannot. But I can do both.
Speaking of music and art is that not a dandy portrait of Pennario on the cover of that album?
I can hardly wait for the book!