My compositional frenzy continued through 2001 (much to the dismay of my family) and I put the finishing touches on El Dorado in the fall of 2002. I tend to get a little obsessed with projects from time to time and most of my other responsibilities kind of get ignored.
As I worked on some of these pieces I occassionally had to write what might be considered some high-maintenance areas- tremolo for example in Highway Robbery. I tried to balance that with melodic simplicity in other songs- Rosa May for example.
I think El Dorado is the most varied set of pieces I have ever put together. They range from easily accessible to a bit more challenging. Nani still tells me to stop anytime I start playing Augie's Friends. Although there are earlier pieces that evoke the same reaction.