If you've ever read the program notes I include with my pieces, you'll notice they are very sparse. That's intentional. I believe firmly that the listener brings their own experiences and sensibility to the music, and regardless of what inspired a piece for me, it may evoke something different for you. So I don't give … Continue reading Endings and Beginnings – The Story
I have to confess, I'm having an incredible musical year. In my last post, I talked about the (stressful!) process of writing the score for "The Doll." Well, the performance has come and gone, and the musicians did an incredible job, and the audience laughed, and my ego was well fed. Between that screening, and … Continue reading From the Studio to the Stage
Years ago I went to see Randy Newman, who was the guest artist at a concert with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. He chatted with the audience from the stage, and talked about some of the challenges of film scoring. He recalled a time when he was asked to write an additional 2 or 3 minutes … Continue reading Why Did I Do This To Myself?
It's about time I put up a new post. It's also about spending time, about making time, and about time passing. Every week, I found myself thinking, "I need to post something - I'll get to it soon." Before I knew it, "soon" was long gone. Though I will say that I've spent a lot … Continue reading It’s About Time
New Year's Eve is here once again, and I have just enough down time today to reflect on this past year. Free time is a bit of a rarity for me recently! A lot of positive things have come to fruition this year. "Dreamcatcher" was released in July (you can hear it here, or purchase … Continue reading Rolling Into 2018
I admit, I've been neglecting my blog. It's been an incredibly busy year, and I haven't had a lot of time to reflect. But it's New Year's Day, and I'm fighting the start of a cold, so it seems the perfect opportunity to take it easy and catch up on a few things. Including the … Continue reading And the Calendar Takes Another Turn
Quiet time. Time to think, reflect - and blog. That's something that's been missing for a while. Things at the radio station are going very well. Just like any new endeavor, it's taken a bit of time to settle into a routine. Not to mention, as I get more comfortable (and folks around the office … Continue reading A Quiet Saturday Afternoon
Wow! That year just flew by! I can't believe I'm sitting here, minutes before midnight, looking back on the whirlwind that was 2015. I must confess that most of my previous "whirlwind years" have been primarily due to hardships - illness, financial struggles, and so on. But this past year has been verrrrry different! This … Continue reading 2016 Already?!?
. . . is like dancing about architecture. (Martin Mull) This quote has been rattling around in my mind quite frequently as of late. You see, amidst all the activity that is composition, and all the activity that surrounds that work (classroom visits, site maintenance, recording and mixing, etc., etc., etc.,) comes the search for … Continue reading Writing About Music . . .
I've often thought of pitching a reality show that follows a composer around in their day-to-day activities. I mean a real reality show, with the person in the career they had long before the reality show started. Something you know they'll still be doing long after it ends. Then I realize what the show would … Continue reading My New Reality Show