Companion piece Chapter 1, Part 2

RP headshot betterfrom Robert Picklesimer: (continuing from Part 1) …But [at that point] most of the songs were just sketchy ideas about the tone and approach to some of the songs and I had no idea how to implement them.

So in February of 2005 I approached the University of Illinois  School  of Music, thinking surely they had someone, maybe some graduate students, who did that sort of thing.  I even suggested I needed someone to help “orchestrate” a musical I had in mind.  Well, it was far more than “orchestration,” although I didn’t know that at the time. The secretary at the School of Music sent me to Lucinda Lawrence, who taught that sort of thing…. (more about development of the musical)