What I do in my spare time.
I was just talking with the estimable Peter Fox and he reminded me of a producer comment. We were both in the room and can verify that we both heard the very same thing.
Peter was at the console recording a score I had written – this was in his home studio. We were listening to a playback. Two producers were hovering over us shouting meaningless directives. And at some pivotal point, one of the producers said ” Can’t you make it more edgy? You know, just add some more sharps and flats.” All I can remember of Peter is his face as tears came out of his eyes; he was shaking he was laughing so hard and biting his fist so he wouldn’t laugh out loud. I can’t remember one other thing about the session: not the music. that the name of the film. Not the producers names ( thankfully, because I would have used them here). Nothing but that line.
Got to play Gia Mora’s show in LA last week. She is an amazing talent. this was a cabaret show at the famous M Bar.
She has ice water in her veins. In the middle of a Joe Jackson song called Fools in Love… she found a place to include a tap dance break!
Mark my words: This girl will be a known national talent within three years.
On Wednesday I am heading out to Los Angeles to play a few gigs with Gia Mora. She is an amazing talent. We will be doing her cabaret show.
We go back a few years. She was my Cleopatra in New York for my musical: The Last Days of Cleopatra. ( the story of Liz and Dick on the set of Cleopatra in Rome)
She now lives in LA and I can’t wait to play with her again. One of our gigs is at the M Bar in Hollywood. I used to live in Hollywood. I haven’t been to the M Bar, but the address sounds pretty hip.
Just south of Hollywood on Vine.
Before I go though, I have promised to speak at CAREER DAY at North Chevy Chase Elementary School. They want me to talk about being a professional composer. I have been wracking my brain trying to think of something , anything attractive about what I do for a living. I will be speaking to 4th and 5th graders. They are all more technically savvy than I am – so thrilling them with a DVD is not on the table. They can probably all get sounds out of garage band better than I can. I doubt they will be interested in my mad skilz at jazz piano. Yikes. I have one little Quicktime video section to show them and then I will have to fill the next 20 minutes with…. what? I get along with kids and I love to talk. So how bad can it be? I will let you know.
Mostly I thought this was a perfect slice of my life: One minute doing a very glamorous thing and the next applying the same skills to the most quotidian of tasks. I am always surprised though, at which of the events turns out to be more meaningful. ( I am wondering right now..which is glam and which one is the quotidian task? )