Hey all, happy new year.

While I’m continuing to do my research and learn about the events that occurred before the rebellion began on Easter Monday, and thus gathering the material for Act I, this morning I stumbled upon what I think is the start of a powerful song for the musical. At this point, I don’t know who will sing it, when it will occur, or what it will be about. But I have an accompaniment and a melody line, which is one step closer to having a completed song than I was at yesterday.

I hesitate to post anything else about the song — pictures of the score, a MIDI file of the music to listen to, or even a video of me playing the accompaniment — because, maybe erroneously and naively, I fear of having my hard work taken from me and used for something else. So, music-wise, I will be pretty secretive.

However, when I start writing the actual book, with dialogue and stage directions, I will be sharing some of that on here. Again, maybe not whole sections or scenes of dialogue, but enough to show that I’m making progress.

Because what I really want this blog to be is a way to hold me accountable. I know it’s a pretty unrealistic goal to write an entire musical — potentially a three-hour venture once completed — in one calendar year. And even if I put butt in chair and write my “shitty first draft” — as author Anne Lamott¬†encourages all writers to do — there will still be time for rewriting, workshopping, and all the other nitty-gritty things that need to be done before I can consider this work “finished.”

Therefore, my overall, long-term goal, is to have this thing performance ready by 2021, the 100th anniversary of Ireland gaining it’s full independence from British rule. That gives me four years to pour my heart into this and have it ready to go as part of that celebration. It would mean the world to me if I could have this performed in Ireland by that year, even if it’s only for one night.

So, again, happy new year to all of you. There’s work to be done.

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