The notation software Sibelius, the trusty friend of this composer, is absurdly flexible and easy to use once you know your way around it, and many is the time I have found some little useful nugget tucked away in some submenu or other.
Yesterday, unusually, I was not using it for my Classical work but instead to rewrite charts for the RetroChic gig on Friday. Where the charts I had been given have what might be termed personal quirks the ones I am rewriting are in the style of orchestral parts, the kind of thing you could put in front of a professional player and have them read immediately.
Ideally I would love to have all the chords, fills and structures in my head, but doing so for twenty five songs in a short space of time is just impossible, especially when our versions differ in form from those I can find on the internet.
I also need to add in various keyboard indications and the like – sounds, effects, changes, and other things. Eventually I’ll have some kind of house style up and running for these charts, just as I do for my in-house Classical publications.
Talking of house style, the gents in the band wear waistcoats, apparently, so I had to sally forth yesterday afternoon and buy one. After finding several very sad and very gauche examples in charity shops I decided to swing by a certain discount clothes retailer, and, behold, there they were in grey, powder blue or black. No prizes for guessing which of the three came home with me.