Well, I reckon it was only a matter of time before I had a chance to really embarrass myself regarding my organizational skills...
I recently got an email from the Artistic Director of CLASS ACT THEATRE of Champaign, IL,
requesting a license for “Snow White and Several Dwarves” by Randy Sue Latimer (and my bad self)
waaaaaaay back in 1995. The email requested a response when ‘Snow White’ was ready to be licensed. (!) Hmmm, I thought, where did they get the idea it WASN’T ready to be licensed? Turns out I had noticed, 3 years ago, that all of the production music was missing along with the charts. So now it’s scramble-time. I need to rewrite all of the charts, record all of the production music, and sing the demo vocal for all of the songs. But wait…there’s less…more…I discovered a song I hadn’t ever written for the show, an evil little tune sung by Floribunda, called “She’s Soooo Nice”. And then there were the 3 reprises…one has to wonder, how did this show EVER get produced with one of the break-out songs utterly absent from the score ?! (I have no recollection of writing it…uh oh…)
There is a silver lining of sorts, however. When this was written in 1995, technology, compared to now, was quite archaic. So I’m enjoying re-recording the music with the added ‘oomph’ that current software tools allow. I promised this music by the 22nd. Guess I’d better get to work. So the re-recorded song will be “Everybody Wants To Be a Dwarf” (Video) and this new recording will replace the demo version on the “Snow White” M4YA web page just so we have something to look at when we listen to the song. I sang all the vocal parts (only five dwarves/dwarfs, mind you). Using this crazy software called Logic Pro (the parent of Garage Band). Garage Band is so incredibly easy to use, by the way, that it has given me pause to consider the idea that we (M4YA) could provide a “Garage Band” multi-track so parents could have their young ‘uns make a recording of them singing these songs. Now THAT sounds like FUN!
Everyone, thank you for your support throughout this crazy 2016, we’re on our feet and heading to the mountain, we expect great things in 2017. You’ll be hearing much more from us (more than you may want to know, but hang in there) , adding shows, opportunities, and arts-related news as we head into this new year.
So, take good care, everybody, have a grand holiday season, I intend to lay off the blogs and videos until after the first of the year, but since I seem to be getting the hang of it, heck, maybe once a week! (Kidding…).
Great postcard below for the holidays created by my dear friend and colleague, Gregory Bitz. Enjoy!