21 April 2015
Welcome to A Book of Days!
These twelve calendar pages are the structure I have created for a long-term project I conceived in 2001, a book of days of text/music/visuals, one for each day of the year.
I think of these pieces as "mulling over" pieces, made in the spirit of commonplace books, collections of found thought that please me, and of medieval books of days. The pieces generally begin from found text for which I write music, and some are then illuminated (by video rather than medieval miniatures.)
I think I've unwittingly been working on this project pretty much since I first started writing music in the early 80's. My hope is that over time, you will be able to experience this book of days not only as a quotidian and seasonal cycle, but also as a record of one life lived over how ever many years I end up being granted.
When I was a child, my father would sometimes get me to refill his coffee. "Can you give me 2/5ths of a cup?" he would ask. When I brought it to him, he would invariably say, "Hmm, that looks more like 3/7ths, or maybe even 4/9ths." Uhhh... sure, whatever!
In the spirit of that little game with my father, I calculate my progress on A Book of Days in fractions rather than percentages: there are currently 102 (of about 111 already written pieces) on these twelve pages. 102 is more than 3/11ths of the 366 I hope to make and post before I go, but not yet 2/7ths, let alone 3/10ths!
Soon. Day by day, you might say.
I'm really happy to get email letting me know what you think of the project, this structure, individual "days" you love (or hate), what tech problems you might (or might not) be having.
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If the project engages you, please consider donating to support the work. And if you'd like to commission your own new day: a birthday, an anniversary, or just a day you love or want to honor, please don't hesitate to contact me. There are still more than 5/7ths to go!
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