Part of my job at the radio station is interviewing artists and organizers about upcoming concerts and festivals. One topic that comes up time and time again is the importance of experiencing a live event. Now, I don't want to disparage the value of a good recording (especially since I have a few of them … Continue reading A Shared Experience
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
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
Working full-time as an administrator (or whatever) meant my musical ambitions would be at the mercy of the needs of my non-musical job. So together, my husband and I decided that I would not take a job that was not musically-related, and we would make whatever sacrifices were necessary in order to allow me to pursue my music.
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
You would think that, as a composer, I'd have music on almost constantly. For me, the opposite is true. I keep the radio turned on overnight, and as I get up in the mornings, but other than that, there's not a lot of music playing. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, I … Continue reading What Are You Listening To?