I am not a morning person by nature. At least I don’t think I am. When I first started film composing, I would start working at about 3 in the afternoon and work til 3 or 4am, which I thought was my most creative time of day. I know other composers who work this way, I thought it must be the time of day the creative process was most active.
But am a single father to a son. When I started composing, Nick walked a few blocks to school. I only had to get up at 7am and make sure he ate and got off on time, and then I could go back to bed. In Sept of 2006 he moved up to a different school. The new school was further away, and (although he walks home) he wanted a ride in the morning, which requires me to not only get up, but throw on clothes and drive my car. I decided it would be in my best interest to switch my body over to mornings instead. I realized, after the initial shock to my body wore off, that I was actually more productive in the morning than at night. I got tons of stuff accomplished before it even hit noon.
Starting this morning, because of new (but good) circumstances, Nick must now get to school at 6:30am instead of 7:40. I found out yesterday afternoon, and now the alarm is set for 5:45 in the morning. The damn sun isn’t even up yet. It’ll force me to get to bed earlier than midnight now, but I like that I’ll have an extra hour during the week to jump start things. Maybe it’s just the lack of sleep talking. One thing that almost makes it worth it alone is the fact that the roads are empty now when I leave, because I hate dealing with morning traffic drivers at 7:45am.
Also, my score for “Until Next Time” MAY have won a Silver Jury Award in Excellence at Park City this weekend, but I’m still awaiting verification before I announce it. Except here.