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?
Bet that title caught your attention. In 1984 in her Oscar acceptance speech, Sally Field said "You like me, right now, you like me!" It was one of those moments I'm betting she'll never live down. But a number of years later, I read an article about why that sentiment was actually not a bad … Continue reading Yes, I am that good.
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
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