Well, after 18 months of research and writing, the CRAZY COLD BEAUTIFUL song cycle is nearly complete! At this point there are 18 songs and the whole deal is about 60 minutes long. I am headed back to Minnesota this weekend to hear the Borealis Chorale and Orchestra perform their winter concerts, directed by William Beckstrand. Included in their program will be a preview of the final song in the cycle, “Snowfall.” The lyric for this one is taken from the final two paragraphs of a book entitled Canoe Country and Snowshoe Country, by Florence Page Jacques, with illustrations by Francis Lee Jacques. It is a contemplative bit – completely different from the other songs in the cycle in that there is not a single mention of mushing or dogs – rather, this is a look at the winter world sans humans, the timeless beauty of that.
While I am visiting I will also deliver the CRAZY COLD BEAUTIFUL scores, and am quite looking forward to meeting everyone in the Borealis Chorale and Orchestra. They will be performing the premiere concerts in February and I am hugely appreciative of their willingness to be on board with this project!
Meanwhile, all of the members of Take Jack have been rehearsing these songs here throughout the long months of California drought, learning the ensemble pieces that will be part of the cycle and trying to imagine what it will be like to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” and “O Canada” at the starting line of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, 11:00 Sunday morning on January the 31st! We’re going to visit the Snoopy Ice Arena here in Sonoma County for a trial run-through. Hats on!