Foam peanuts

Still trying to pry something loose in the start of the last variation on “Se fiera,” and … well, it’s getting a bit easier. A huge part of it is that I just can’t hear the opening in (what sounds like) the super-slowed down rhythm that I’m using. Of course, it’s not really slow. When played it sounds quite quick because I doubled the note values and then peppered the thing with 16th notes until it’s pretty much a constant stream of them.

And somehow, that plus the relative lack of melodic content in the opening measure has made it hard for my head to “lock on” to whatever I’m supposed to be doing here. I’m essentially taking an image that’s 2-bit and 4×4 pixels and trying to blow it up to an 8×10 at 300dpi. (Well, maybe not quite that, but that’s the general idea.) There’s only so much padding one can do with something like that without the extra notes sounding like foam peanuts for a very tiny idea placed into a box that’s too big for it.

I really just need some mental quiet time (yeah, good luck with that) and a bit of oomph. I want to get this stupid thing off my plate this weekend and start ruminating on the next (last!) aria intro.