I am sitting here in my room, before my monitor and keyboard writing for concert band. There is a disheveled pile of paper with thematic notes I can’t understand, underneath old coffee. I wrote the damn notes… As I take a break from trying to make sure I don’t anger my flute and piccolo players for whom I’m writing a whole lot of movement, I have become suddenly grateful for the music communities with which I associate myself. (more…)
This is always fun. Here are my 12 favorite artists/album/songs/pieces of music that have helped define 2013 for me.
Another year in Texas, the first full one, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve found I’m good at other things, my interests have changed dramatically, and I bought a violin. I cannot play it well. So, that.
1. Gabriel Kahane makes my list every year. Or every day. Everything, really. I had devoured his Craiglistlieder song cycle, February House musical, and his second album Where Are the Arms, among other gems along the way. I only THIS year listened to his FIRST self-titled album, from 2008. **head.desk.** (more…)
I want to finally share what is in my art collection — and why you should support the arts.
I have been fortunate enough to be able to financially afford this sort of thing, so I have been commissioning works of art.
The following are 4 commissioned pieces of art from artists I knew. The premise was that the artists would make whatever they wanted as long as they were responding to the question, “What does music mean to me?” (more…)
I usually restrict this blog to things directly related to composition and songwriting. However I thought I would record on here a new thing I’m doing. Commissioning art. (more…)
I have arrived to Texas. And it has only been GREAT so far. Here’s what I’ve accomplished:
1. Spent necessary, great time with a necessary, great person.
2. Recorded some new things and as a result have the final lineup for my forthcoming full-length album. (Planning stages)
3. Designed the booklet for aforementioned album.
OFFICIALLY FINISHED my string quartet, “A Man’s Will to a Woman.” The music, lyrics, and edits are ALL FINISHED. Nope. That’s not true. (more…)