Why Did I Do This To Myself?

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?

A Quiet Saturday Afternoon

Quiet time.  Time to think, reflect - and blog.  That's something that's been missing for a while. Things at the radio station are going very well.  Just like any new endeavor, it's taken a bit of time to settle into a routine.  Not to mention, as I get more comfortable (and folks around the office … Continue reading A Quiet Saturday Afternoon

Funding New Music

This Kickstarter campaign for my Three Songs recording and performance has me thinking a LOT about money recently.  (Surprised?  Didn't think so.)  As of this post, I have 23 backers, and I truly can't thank them enough for showing their support and belief in this project. I've also had LOTS of folks sharing, and talking, … Continue reading Funding New Music

The Year So Far

Why so long between posts?  Well, it’s been a busy 2014 so far, and it’s looking to get busier! I’ve been incredibly fortunate to participate in some great collaborations so far this year.  In March, Rob Bridge and Jennifer Vacanti shared their percussion skills in premiering “Rhythmody” for Vision of Sound.  They gave three performances, … Continue reading The Year So Far

Welcoming the New Year

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

A Great Workshop!

Yesterday afternoon I had the privilege of spending a couple of hours with 9 students enrolled in the visual, theater and dance programs at the Creative Arts Academy here in Syracuse.  Given as part of a Meet the Composer grant I've received, it was exciting to spend time with these talented young artists and performers. … Continue reading A Great Workshop!

If It Serves the Music

I just delivered a piece written for the 2012 Vision of Sound program.  It's written for violin and piano, and is a fairly sparse work.  Choreographer Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell has been listening to it, and is incredibly enthusiastic.  I can't wait to see how she brings it to life with dance. But this piece got me … Continue reading If It Serves the Music