2016 Already?!?

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?!?

Writing About Music . . .

. . . 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 . . .

My New Reality Show

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

On New Year’s Eve

Here we are at the end of yet another year.  It seems 2014 has flown by so quickly!  But it's been a good year.  If I had to put my feelings at this moment into a single sentence, it would be this:  I had a ton of fun in 2014, and I am looking forward … Continue reading On New Year’s Eve

Embracing Human Limitations

Have you heard the one about the efficiency expert who went to a performance of Schubert's Unfinished Symphony?* Funny?  Sure.  But nowadays, it's not too far off the mark, I fear. I read an article a few years ago (and for the life of me, I can't remember where, or by whom, and I haven't … Continue reading Embracing Human Limitations

Three Songs Re-launch

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

A Kickstarter Summary

It's official.  My Kickstarter campaign did not get funded. Needless to say, I’m disappointed.  And poorer in the end, of course, since I'll be paying for it all myself now.  But what I really am is incredibly disheartened. I realize I’ve never been a social guru.  I was never part of the “popular” crowd in … Continue reading A Kickstarter Summary