Saturday, December 04, 2010

projects new and old

The old project about writing a series on Hell has been tabled for so long I wonder if I should bother. Well, I feel I should but I have had other things that have been more pressing. Still, I don't wish to give up on the idea and, frankly, even in my Mockingbird essay on the Toy Story trilogy I was thinking through aspects of what I have wanted to say in writing about Woody and Lotso. Toy Story 3 includes an image of toys being sucked into the fiery maw of toy hell where the fire at the center of the land fill never dies. Most film critics noted this hellfire imagery and remarked on how startlingly existential and anxious these toys were about points of ultimate destiny. See, it's a very Christian movie!

Anyway, in addition to that still-tabled project I started just the first part of a rambling series on complementarianism and evolutionary psychology over at City of God. I still plan to tackle that but I recently also got an offer I can't refuse, to begin a primer on the DC animated universe. So I have been mapping out my numerous thoughts on what is an even more daunting project than the Toy Story project, some fifteen years of virtually continuous narrative continuity rather than three easily digested feature films!

And on top of all this I have not really stopped composing preludes and fugues for solo guitar. I recently even sketched out a blues trio for trumpet, tuba and guitar I hope to test out with a musician at church. As I blogged earlier I did finally finish the Good Friday movement for a string quartet in G minor I've been working on for ten years. One of three projected movements getting finished in a decade means that quartet probably has to be chalked up as a life's work.

And, of course, I haven't stopped looking for a steady job. There have been some short-term free lance projects working on a database and before that a commission to arrange Christmas music that have kept me busy the months of October and September but I still am searching for even part-time steady employment.

Oh, yeah, and I'm rehearsing Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Fantasia for piano and guitar so that my pianist buddy and i can play through at least the first movement. Ironically we knew each other for years and had discussed Pixar films and Powerpuff Girls episodes all that time without realizing that, hey, he plays piano well enough to tackle the Apassionate sonata and I wrote a guitar sonata in F minor inspired by the late works of Beethoven. Okay, so what's to stop us from tackling a great piano/guitar duet written by the composer who was the mentor to John "Star Wars" Williams? Turns out mercurial schedules. Be that as it may, we're making slow but steady progress.