I'm down in the City Too Busy To Hate and just got back from my second rehearsal with Lizz Wright and the ASO, a hit for which I wrote the orchestral arrangements. I've been sweating these charts pretty much nonstop for the past several months (hence the hiatus from blogdonia), so it was an unbelievable relief when everything began to come together, as it did this afternoon. Big ups to our conductor, Jason Howland, who learned my charts inside out and always knows exactly what to say to the orchestra, and to all the fantastic musicians in the ASO -- their ensemble sound is to die for. Orchestras generally hate doing these pops gigs, so it's always a relief when the players have nice things to say about the music.
Lizz is sounding beautiful and I know this gig means a lot to her. She's from small-town Georgia and studied at GSU while cutting her teeth in the local scene, so this concert is a kind of homecoming. Her band is killing, and includes her longtime collaborators Kenny Banks and Jeff Haynes. I wish I had some juicy inside dirt for you, but the truth is, everyone involved has been absolutely, insanely great to work with.
There are hits tonight and Saturday, so if you're in Hotlanta, consider yourself invited.
For the curious, here are the tunes I arranged for these hit:
Dreaming Wide Awake
Lead The Way
Old Man (bring on the CanCon, y'all)
Song For Mia
Soon As I Get Home
Wake Up, Little Sparrow
Walk With Me
When I Close My Eyes