Working through new pieces is mysterious, as complete ideas for me appear in stages. There is a song I love, that my brother performs with his music partner, Kurt Elling, that I didn't even know I was making a piece about until I was. Yesterday I went to the costume vaults at the performing arts center where I live, looking for a dress which I realized was for a piece to be about the song.
It started while on a long trip during the winter. I was driving, and made this line drawing with my other hand on the wheel.