|Mark Gilman, Dorothy Gilstrap, me, Sharam Rohani|
|The rough recording took about 8 hours!|
The heroic group of readers included professional smart person Mark Gilman, author Dorothy Gilstrap (grand-daughter of Dorothy Baker), and teacher Sharam Rohani, who has the most beautiful chanting voice in Texas.
Seriously, I think we need to cut the script down by about a third. But I finally told the story I wanted to tell--and in doing so, wrapped myself around the WHOLE JOURNEY and then collapsed from lack of sleep while meeting my own deadline. Yes, this is the time when the artist, having suffered and sacrificed, lies in a heap, moaning. But the work will go on!
OK. We will climb this mountain, despite old age, despite the ticking away of ages (why didn't we start a year earlier--heck, five years earlier?), despite a lack of ideal harmony in artistic partnership, despite the lack of FUNDS and TIME. . . .
So--last night, between diversions, Tim shot a railroad map in our cluttered studio (the bursts of inspiration must become more perpetual than occasional), and I planted a gingko tree (for me, a potent metaphor of growth, transformation, fulfillment) and began the the process of cutting out words. . . . They fall in cascades to the floor.
|gingko tree in pot|
With the right music, I am sure you would all feel the poignancy of this moment--a new threshold of commitment, challenge, sacrifice, and REALITY for us, as we stare up at the rather large and daunting MOUNTAIN before us.
|Costumes, waiting for action in the wings|
Good news: I received a SABBATICAL for the spring quarter: 3 months off from teaching--with pay!
We are going to NY / NJ / PA April 5–15!
Now, if only Tim could quit his job. . . .
Pray for us!