Midnight Three & Six

27 Feb

Every once in a while, something pops up on the internet that get a community riled up. In this case, it was a documentary called Midnight Three & Six, which is inspiring passionate feelings from the Type-1 Diabetes community. Diatribe published a thought-provoking article by Kelly L. Close that expresses some common sentiments, but ultimately assigns more intention to the documentary subjects and makers than I see fit.

Briefly, here are my initial reactions. I won’t go any further than this stage, because many other people will be writing many other things on these topics, as they have before. I’ll stick to writing music!

  • Wow, this mother is overbearing
  •  3 times a night…. yikes – how do people sleep?!?
  • I WANT A PUPPY!!!!
  • “What IF she ever goes to college or wants to move out…” REALLY?!? how does the word if even factor into that sentence 😉

I also have some more or less serious thoughts about the film, but the thing that got me wanting to post about it was one of Kelly Close’s points,

In its efforts to promote the seriousness of type 1 diabetes and educate the public on its life-threatening risks, the film fails to acknowledge that people with type 1 diabetes can lead fulfilling lives.

Because… that’s the whole reason I started this project, and this blog! And it’s the biggest struggle I’ve had with writing an opera about diabetes (and I imagine it’s an immense challenge for the director of this documentary): how to show what diabetes is like in a way that’s neither preachy nor depressing.

Fingers crossed that I’ll succeed!!

The reason there’s been such a long time since my last post is that I didn’t know how to do it. I got thrown off course. I couldn’t finish the opera in good conscience, because I refuse to fail in that task. I’m not saying that parts aren’t depressing, and parts aren’t preachy, but I couldn’t let that be the take home of the project.

In the end, I FINALLY finished a draft of the full opera. I’m currently working on the edits and orchestration. The plan is that it’ll be edited and ready for committee feedback (academic red tape) in a month’s time so that I can move onto more academic red tape and become a doctor! Sadly, I can’t include any actual updates of the material, but I was thrilled to hear that my advisor loves how I ended the opera.

It’s always exciting to see coverage of diabetes in the news and popping up on my social media feeds. I can only hope it there will be this much discourse on my opera once it hits the internet!


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