Sunday, February 27, 2005
Sunny and cold
I spent almost the entire day yesterday on Ransagh. I’m sure that does not come as a surprise to anyone who’s been reading the blog for the past few weeks. That’s the project that’s pulling me the strongest. I worked out some kinks, fixed some sections earlier in the piece, did some more research on Manx terminology, etc., etc., etc.
That means I have to play catch up today on other things, but that’s okay. The piece is giving me a chance to explore a variety of belief systems and personal interaction on a scale that I have not been able to do before. Whatever the fate of the piece, it’s turned me into a more challenging and aware writer.
I spent way too much time at the party last night, but it was fun. We didn’t watch much of the awards themselves. I’m sure they were fun to attend, but didn’t broadcast well. We caught up on what’s going on – we’d all met when we were interns on other people’s projects with IFP years ago and kept sporadically in touch. We put on some music and danced. And then we watched Rescue Me.
I think Rescue Me is the best show on television. The writing and acting and depth of the show set the bar so high that I don’t think there’s another show out there which even comes close. I can watch the episodes over and over and over again and learn something new every time. It’s put together with dedication and passion and honesty and harshness. It is breathtaking and brilliant.
Working on Ransagh yesterday, I came across some music I hadn’t played in ages and found the perfect match to go with the book: Jim Sutherland’s music (specifically “Flick it Up and Catch It”) and Shooglenlifty. I’m going to hunt down more of their music and use it to drive certain sections of the piece. The CD is about ten years old, but I can’t remember when or where I got it.
I also played Elvendrums’ CD The Dragon and Mary J. Blige as I got ready to go out, but that had nothing to do with writing.
So, lots of writing to get done today before I get ready for yet another party.
I saw my friend on The Good Vibrations piece that ran last night – along with several other people with whom I’ve worked in the past. I thought the documentary came off quite well and gave a pretty good look at what goes on backstage. The editing, in particular, was excellent, the way they edited the clips to the music. And my friend was as articulate, intelligent, and funny as always – plus, he looks great on camera!
To work, to work. I have to be social tonight. And there’s a lot to get done before I can socialize with a clear conscience.
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