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
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?!?
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
I love September. In many ways, it feels like a re-birth to me. Rehearsals start up again for Samba Laranja and the CNY Flute Choir. The concert season begins in earnest for most music and arts organizations. Days are breezy, nights are wonderfully cool, leaves are showing the first signs of turning. It's as though … Continue reading Three Songs Re-launch
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I am making a more dedicated effort toward listening. I'm discovering (and re-discovering) a lot of works in my CD library, and in future postings I'll be providing links to the various recordings I've enjoyed. This week, though, I took some time to listen to the APM podcast … Continue reading Finding Stillness
I can see that the real joy in the coming year will be in discovery. While I am happy in the way my music already manifests, I don't want to become stagnant, a one-trick pony whose music is instantly recognizable because you have heard the exact same line over and over again. Certainly a big … Continue reading 360 Degrees of Inspiration