So into 2018 we go, and while I would not say that I have an irrepressible urge to get back to work (another few days yet!), I can still feel the tips of my compositional fingers twitching after some time off. There is a commission on the desk to get started, a couple more to chase up, technical exercises, submissions, and maybe even a competition or two.
My resolution for this year is pretty much the same as it was last year, and involves writing more regularly. Even a small amount every day stacks up over the long-term, and I have always been a fan of the “little and often” school of thought, the idea that success is the product of that incessant drip, drip, drip of water on stone that eventually leads to exotic results.
If 2017 seemed a little lighter than usual in terms of new compositions, it has taken me a while to realise the obvious, that much of the time that would have been spent creating original ideas was given over to transcription and arranging work for the saxophone project. It is a slight change of focus for the time being, but still falls under the heading of compositional skills.
With a good following wind this project will be wrapped up by the end of March – the writing part, at least – and the relative calm of this part of the year means that I have a golden opportunity to forge good habits into the new year. It will come down, as so often, to discipline, attitude and application.
Where I and my music will be by the end of this year, who can tell? There is the potential for some change in terms of my musical life, and while I would not be at all surprised to find that things continue to tick happily along as they are, there is a very real possibility that the outlook will have a different flavour come 2019.