Archive for July, 2010
Today I have been creating a song that is about the sirens wanting proper love because they are trapped in this curse and don’t like killing people. They want to love and they want to be loved, they want to be free of all this suffering they are going through.
I have been working with Si McGrath all day, and Joyce Lee (who works at Mind the Gap) as well this morning. Joyce, Si and me were talking about what the song could be and just lashing out ideas. Joyce asked me how I knew the Gods would perish because Odysseus defeated the sirens? I said because the Gods were the ones who told the sirens what to do they would perish. I think that it is the Gods who tell the sirens to do it; that they would have to kill, or be killed.
It’s like a bluesy, Gospely song, you could just imagine Aretha Franklin with a full Gospel choir singing it. It produces a lot of emotions, or it did for me!
I think Si brought songwriting talent to today – he’s amazing at songwriting and knew exactly how it wanted to sound. He said 3 women will be singing this song so it needs to be punchy and to the point. It’s going to be performed by the sirens in my piece.
I feel proud of myself, I’ve really got a lot done this week. I have pushed on through and I think Tim was very chuffed and so am I! I’ve passed my questioning attitude and now I’m all about lets get on with it… and it’s just great fun!
Si and I bring a lot of power when we are in that room. It felt really electric when we were just rocking it! Being up here and being able to enjoy the work has been so good.
I’ve got 3 things that Tim wants me to do when I go back, so I’m going to put on my songwriting head and at least get the outline of 3 songs written. One is about Zeus who was the God of all Gods, then one about Odysseus’ side of the story and the other song is the song of the crew and how they felt.
This is what I wanted to do, I’m pushing myself to my limits, I’m pushing barriers and facing them head on like Odysseus.
I am hoping to work with Si this week and also speak to Naomi about camouflage.
I feel like we’re getting somewhere with the project. I went to London with Joyce for a meeting at Theatre Sandbox for everybody who won an award, there was lots of talking and planning. That wasn’t for Irresistible as it was about the Sonic Maze but it’s part of it and thinking about how they will work.
Basically what we thought about is using headphones. The guy we went with suggested that GPS might be jumpy so using four zones.
Basically it’s a box which a person goes in and it’s got a sound device and this could be like a prelude to the show. There will be different levels of music and as you get to each one you get rewards. I suppose it’s kind of like an adventure game. There might be a medal and a big fanfare at the end.
We’re working on the planning of it and how we would do it and what people would get out of it at the same time as Irresistible.
I also had a meeting with Sarah, a life coach. I was one of the first members of the leadership course- leading edge at Mind the Gap and Sarah had done a workshop with me for that. There were loads of people from all different backgrounds doing leadership stuff like theatre directors and directors of companies.
We looked at the models of different leaders and did you fit in that category, like a leader who can transport and can do another role. Kind of like me; one minute I would be a composer next a director or musician.
For me it was a great experience because I was able to do quite a bit and told them about my thoughts on the Irresistible project.
I got some really good vibes out of it like are you a leader who bosses people about or that gets on with people that has lots of passion.
As well as composing, I want to get a grasp of directing. I need to know when to step on the pedal and when to step off the pedal. I want to enjoy it definitely and I’m really happy I’ve got Si on the project.