Like so many others do at this time of year, I am taking some time to reflect back on the last 12 months, and to look ahead to the coming months and years. I have to say that, despite a few shortcomings, I am pleased with 2013, and very excited about 2014. Admittedly, this whole … Continue reading Welcoming the New Year
"The journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one's feet." This somewhat different translation of the familiar quote from Lao-tzu resonates with me deeply, moreso than the familiar one. I think that is, in large part, because I have taken several "thousand mile journeys" in my life. I have, for countless reasons, put my … Continue reading The Thousand Mile Journey
So. Ahem. I'm behind. For those folks who know me . . . ok, so you're not surprised. Fortunately, since the deadlines I have declared this year are self-imposed, this is not a major problem. Still, I am not particularly happy that I have slipped already. One of my composer friends posted this chart on … Continue reading Well, That Was a Slow Start!
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
It's that introspective time of year yet again, time to look back at what has shaped us over the last year, and what we are looking forward to in the year ahead. Although my plans for the coming year have been gearing up for a while now, I thought I'd take a moment to share … Continue reading Just Another New Year
It's daunting. Thirteen new pieces to finish in just one year. But, as the saying goes, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Of course, they never talk about which direction to choose. Tricky. The most important part of this project for me is producing good quality compositions. Striving to complete … Continue reading Where To Start?
I've committed myself to a big project. I don't have funding, I don't have a commission, I'm not even sure how it will ultimately manifest itself. But this is something that's been rattling around in my head for quite some time, and I realize I need to either fish or cut bait. So I'm fishing. … Continue reading Thirteen in ’13