Like so many others do at this time of year, I am taking some time to reflect back on the last 12 months, and to look ahead to the coming months and years. I have to say that, despite a few shortcomings, I am pleased with 2013, and very excited about 2014.
Admittedly, this whole “Thirteen in ’13” thing didn’t pan out quite the way I had planned. I am truly disappointed that I haven’t given you 13 completed works over the course of the year. That being said, it doesn’t mean I haven’t been working. I’ve gone “fishing” a lot, and I have more than 13 sketches of new pieces to work on and flesh out. (I guess that just means my “Thirteen in ’13” could be considered as “held in a private collection” for the moment.)
Of those finished works, I am especially pleased with Kelly Covert’s performance of “Iago” this past summer. I describe this as “a short work, in honor of a life cut short,” which I wrote in memory of my late brother (“Iago” is Welsh for “James”). Kelly gave a beautiful performance, and captured the soul of the work perfectly.
2013 also provided the opportunity to take a few breaths and get “centered” again, as it were. Y’know how sometimes things just fall perfectly into place? That’s exactly how I feel tonight. Composing every day, enjoying time with family, spending time with friends, and performing around the area – as this year draws to a close, I am content in how all of those things have finally come into balance. As 2014 begins, I feel energized and ready to enjoy boundless opportunities.
And the opportunities are already manifesting. I have two confirmed premieres for this coming Spring, a couple of collaborative projects, some repeat performances, at least one workshop, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll hear more of my music coming up on a couple of new CDs!
So, as we count down to the midnight hour on this New Year’s eve, I wish you all health, love, happiness, and music to delight you throughout the coming year!