2002-08-14 - 10:23 a.m.
Broncos and being a selfish song writer
I was on the horns of a moral dilemma for a bit this morning, and now I've just said Fuck it. I'm going to skip a rehearsal to go see the Broncos with Mom. After Monday night, I'm not terribly inclined towards Herr Director, anyway.
See, there's a song I wrote for the show. I showed up to the first rehearsal with it completely written. I played it, and everyone said "great, good song". It's always been included in the running order and I figured it was pretty much solid. Now, suddenly, after a month, Herr Director wants to do the following. 1) I don't get to sing it. Okay, I suppose that's okay. It makes more sense from a character perspective to have someone else sing it. But then someone else sang it and he slaughtered it. 2) Change the melody. Why? I don't see why. It's certainly one of the best songs I've ever written, and it has a hook. It has a catchy melody that people will sing to themselves after hearing it once. Why change that? 3) Change most of the lyrics. This one comes directly out of #1. Long story, but I can pull off the lyrics as written, he can't.
At the start of Monday's rehearsal, I had one contribution to the show that I was really, really proud of. Something that was solid and complete, and served up on a silver platter. At the end of Monday's rehearsal, I barely recognized my song anymore.
And let's be honest. This is about selfishness. This is about ego. I try very hard to be a team player. I've stood quietly by on many occasions while I or my work were marginalized or sleighted. For the sake of the show as a whole. But I reserve the right to be proud of my contributions. Hell, I even reserve the right to look forward to a moment of personal glory. I wanted to have a song that could bring the house down, one that I wrote, one that I performed, one that was *mine*.
Right now the song feels dead. And a couple of days later, I'm still pissed off.