I’m liking my current draft of my second piece in the Deuteronomy 31:6 set. I completely rewrote it, because my first draft was less than exciting.

The first line of the text is, “Be strong, courageous, and firm,” (Amplified Bible) and to me, these are pretty encouraging words! It reminded me of trumpet fanfares, so I opened the piece with the tenor, baritone, and bass parts singing a fanfare-esque line, or as I like to call it, a “manfare.” The manfare gives a triumphant introduction into the full SATBB section where the text says, “For it is the Lord your God Who goes with you.” I wanted the whole movement to be driving with reasons to rejoice, while still possessing chords that denote comfort. I like that combo a lot!

All I feel like doing these days is writing and creating, but then I remember that getting into grad school would be a nice addition to life so I’m working on applications and studying theory and history for entrance exams. It’s actually not as tedious or stressful as one would think…it’s more fun to study what you care about and center your life around. I definitely do not miss my general education classes, that’s for sure!