October 11, 2002

By this time tomorrow I will be on a flight to the Czech Republic. I am being sent there to do research by a producer who has commissioned me to write the score for a musical about Terezin, the concentration camp just outside of Prague.

People keep telling me to have a great time.

I will be spending a day in the Jewish ghetto, a day interviewing Holocaust survivors, and two days at a concentration camp. I’m not sure what it will be like, but somehow “a great time” seems unlikely to be an apt description.

In my absence, so that my loyal if small fan base might not feel abandoned, this man and his dog will be guest blogging for me. None of us is quite sure yet how this will work, but we hope you will enjoy it. If you don’t, blame the Nazis. If it weren’t for them I wouldn’t be going to begin with.

I just hope I’ll be allowed to take my knitting needles on the plane.

Because otherwise it’s going to be a hell of a long ride.

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