I’m working on the little piece for the Seattle Youth Symphony’s “Endangered Instruments” program. Since all of the instruments, when played together, sound to me like prehistoric animals, I’m going to embrace that and write “Endangered.” It may actually be called “Endangered!” – my first (and forever only) piece with an exclamation point. This piece is intended as a vehicle for the students in the program, and it will be played once (regardless of how “successful” it is). It’s totally a piece just for this one occasion. That’s what I’ll be working on until I leave for LA on Wednesday. (I need to mail the score and parts on Tuesday evening.)

I’m excited about the trip to USC. I’ve never been to LA, so this should be an adventure. Fortunately, I’ll have AEJ as my guide.

The ABC Family network is currently broadcasting a show called “The Easter Bunny Is Coming To Town.” It’s from those Rankin/Bass guys who did the old stop motion “Rudolph the Red-Noser Reindeer” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” shows. I can’t bring myself the turn it off, even though it’s absolutely awful. Let’s just say that by the time they did this one — and “Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey” — the well had long since run dry.


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