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 to a busy and very exciting 2015.
A number of years ago, I heard an interview with James Galway. The interviewer was in a limo with Galway as he traveled to the Hollywood Bowl in preparation for his concert that evening. What I remember vividly is the sheer joy and excitement in Galway’s voice as he exclaimed, “I still can’t believe I actually get paid to do what I love!”
That pretty much sums up this last year. Make no mistake – I don’t command the kind of money that Galway gets (not yet!), but I do get paid to do what I love. Some of the highlights include another residency with the band students at West Genessee Middle School, a collaboration with choreographer Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell, and pieces on two different CDs, one with Samba Laranja and the other with Trio Casals. And I’ve been been performing throughout the year as well.
It’s been busy, and it’s been a lot of work, but I have enjoyed every minute. And it’s given me a running start to kick off 2015!
So, what is coming up in 2015, you ask? Well, a re-designed website for one, with the ability to purchase either hard copies or downloads of my works. Plus a couple of confirmed premieres, a residency in yet another school (my 5th one, if you’re counting), and you’ll even have the chance to watch me conduct one of my pieces.
One last bit of news – you’ll be hearing me over the airwaves again! I have re-joined the team of professionals at WCNY-FM, and began dusting the cobwebs off my broadcasting skills just this week. I’ll be on the air occasionally, doing fill-ins so those wonderful hosts have the opportunity to take a well-deserved break now and then. I always enjoy spending time with the Classic FM listeners.
In case you want to keep up on the increasingly busy happenings around here, you’ve got a few options:
- Follow me right here on my blog
- Follow me on Twitter (@ComposerJones)
- Like and Follow my page on Facebook (Pet Dragon Music)
- Or just check in on my webpage!
I’ll keep you updated with all the exciting things happening in 2015!
Before I go, let me give you my heart-felt wish for your new year to be filled with music and joy, as well as the chance to spend some time doing what you love.
Have a happy, healthy new year, everyone!