The last month or three have been difficult - the death of my father and his funeral have necessarily taken the focus away from my music. However I am returning to a mental place where I can work again, whilst never having stopped entirely, except for the last week or so. Someone said something to me this week that resonates deeply with me, and will do for many others - ‘For a creative person, not to be able to create is like suffocating’.
I am still working on the rearrangement of the 1987 musical that I wrote with David Chandler's libretto - ‘Rag Doll’ - for String Quartet and voice. I am close to finishing song 4 out of 10. I am also, very slowly (very very slowly..) still working on my Trumpet Concerto. I have the skeleton of all three movements in my head, and have started putting pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) for the beginning of each one (the first movement is about half way there, in fact).