Friday, November 6, 2009

Doing Things the Hard Way

The System's Coffeehouse is Tuesday. The 'coffeehouse' event is basically the laid-back version of a talent show, where everyone does an act, maybe playing a song or two, and it's usually a pretty good way to spend an evening.

This year, I told some people that I'd be doing a song, but I didn't actually start writing it until, well, today. It turns out that I no longer have that (legal!) copy of PrintMusic lying around on my computer thanks to the Great Reformatting of '09 (I could reinstall, of course, but the CD's in Ottawa) and after a few frustrated minutes with a trial version of Sibelius (which looks pretty when it works, but is disappointingly buggy), I decided to write out the darned thing by hand. It's been a long, long time since I've had to write any music by hand and I've forgotten how utterly painful it is.

EDIT: Allegro 2007 30-day trial to the rescue!

EDIT 2: Okay... saying that I need 256 MB RAM and "installation will continue but performance may be affected" is great and all, but I have 4 GB of RAM. Grr. Come on, guys, get it together now.


  1. It did! Yes, I just clicked past the performance warning and all was good.

    Mmm, freshly typed music.