dunces

Create Each Week: 5

Sleep training went way the hell better than expected. So much so that it’s the parents that need to adjust to the sleep schedule. Anyway, getting some time to write in the evenings. Wrote a little bit more on a song for my musical adaptation of A Confederacy of Dunces. The song is from the perspective of Mrs. Reilly thinking about her son. One of the challenges with adapting something is that you need to make the justifications for the character that may not be in the source material. Ignatius is such an an awful human being, he's the opposite of Paddington, who like Ignatius does not have a character arc, but makes those around him make the hero's journey. Paddington inspires change in those around him through optimism and support. Ignatius prevents change in those around him through his negativity and criticism.

Mrs Reilly putting up with Ignatius' bullshit is the flaw she overcomes in the very end once she's damn hear lost everything. So I want some foreshadowing towards the beginning, but also justify why she allows him to treat her the way he does. I decided to do a song about the son she hoped he'd be. I’s fun to take these feelings of being a new parent and give the audience that experience. See the innocent baby that Ignatius was, wonder about what he'll grow up to be. And now that he's the monster of the man he is, do we want her to realize she went wrong somewhere? Even realize that something's wrong with him?

So, this week I created some concepts and ideas for a song in a musical adaptation, and a few phrases that stuck out, like "Spent years praying that they'll be what you want them to be instead of spending time to be there for them". I'll need to find the chorus/theme that hits the emotions I want to convey, and from there we can start writing lyrics & music!