The Prodigal Altar Boy

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

T-11 Days to Go - Prodigal Altar Boy Countdown

2011 – Last 100 Days
Prodigal Altar Boy Countdown
T-11 Days to Go
20 December 2011

Goal:  1 hour per day working on the film

Watched Karen Everett’s Story Doctor Kit Module #1 – Narration and Exposition
Clarifying the Characters
Structuring Characters
Checkerboarding:  The Power of Four 
Narration or Title Cards
Use Music To Convey Topic
Usurp Expectations
Live Action Footage that Teases Theme
Total time:  1 hour

Goal:  30 minutes per day music practice
Warm up on the MojoCaster
Inversion Excursion work – C Major Inversions 1st, 2nd and 3rd strings
Pat Metheny Etudes, exercise #1 bars 1-4 30X
Grace City Christmas Service Practice
Mary, Did You Know/
We Three Kings
The First Noel
You Are The Living Word
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Joy To The World (Unspeakable Joy)
Total time:  1 hour 30 minutes

Goal:  15 minutes exercise per day
Active rest
Goal:  15 minutes per day working on the score for the movie
“Dies Irae” – 30X run-throughs of the whole piece
“Dies Irae” – focus work on solo, dyads and octave climbs
 “Granby Street” on the MojoCaster (focus: vocals, ending, and performance)
Gospel Skillz R&B chord work
E – B/D# - C#m7 – A chord work
Total Time: 20 minutes

Notes:  Eleven days and counting.

More Lessons Learned
Tasks expand to fill all available time
A permutation of Murphy’s Law, I learned this during the one hundred day countdown.  I felt rushed during the week to pack everything in, such as music, work on the film and knocking out the blog.  I always had big plans for the weekend and days off, estimating the extra time would translate in getting more things done.  That rarely happened over the one hundred days.  Even after waking up early, the other tasks of the weekend ate into the day and soon it was Sunday night and I’m wondering where the weekend went.  The key is to not beat yourself up about it.  The daily goals were laid out as minimums, with the mindset that it was better to put in some time each day rather than trying to find the time to knock out big chunks.  Over the long run, I think I will have accomplished more over these one hundred days than the first six months of 2011.  I will tally it up at the beginning of the year.  

Starting tomorrow, it’s the FINAL COUNTDOWN:  “My Top Ten Favorite Things of the Last One Hundred Days of 2011”  Stay tuned folks, I’m somewhat curious about it myself.