So, I'm writing a series of string quartets. Not because I'm very fond of string quartets, but if I'm going to write something to drive away the boredom, I might as well do it in 4 voices. Voice-leading, fooling around with the harmony, a bit of counterpoint, it's all more fun with 4 voices. I'm sure you all agree.
Even before I was writing a series of quartets (on an easy playing level, because there aren't that much really good players) I got interested in music for chamber orchestra. I'll probably write for a string ensemble, add a basso continuo (bass and harpsichord) and throw in the occasional oboe or flute. Like my friend Bach did. You should listen to him. He was an excellent composer. I even think one day he will be famous.
I wrote the string quartets half absent-minded while thinking of the concertos. Usually my mind drifts away during the proces. That could be the result of an injury (I've had a cracked skull as a child) or because I'm an idiot savant. Anyhow, I finished the last part of string quartet X and thought: Thank God. Next day I immediately saw that it didn't fit in. It was too much Baroque and too little me. The first three parts sounded alright, but the fourth part sounds like someone else sneaked it in.
What to do? I could write three other parts, or rewrite the fourth part, but at the moment I'm a fed up with writing for string quartets. I'm no longer feeling bored in general. It's the string quartets that started to bore the hell out of me. Besides, who really likes string players? With their wax and hairy bows.
Anyhow, I'm not going to hide the mistakes I make. We're all here to learn from each other. So I give you an example of how things work out if you're too easy going. Without smoking pot. I'm Dutch, but I don't smoke.