Archive for July, 2010

Assorted News

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Hey Bloggies,

Alright, it’s been, what, months, weeks? Since my last post? Yeah, sounds about right. Too much to say, not enough time to say it. I always feel that I should be doing my duty as a composer by keeping a daily journal so that musicologists can pore over them and jump to all the wrong conclusions, but who has the time? I tried once; too much other stuff to do. I’ll get better about it…

Stuff I’ll write about later: New piece for Joe Alessi – organ & Tbn., new stuff for Hal Leonard, SOA is kicking into gear at TUSAB – which means I get to kind of play “Film Composer” for a few months anyway, the new Flute Sonata (will probably be the title) still in progress.

The only ‘blog news I have to report, at the time being, is that I’ve disabled comments on this ‘blog. I’ve been on the “internets” for several months, and only 1 actual comment! LOTS of spam. So, if you want to send me fanmail, or whatever, send it to my “info@…” etc. address.

I’m also going to update my sound files, eventually, and put up some photos. I’ve got literally too much stuff to put up there. Plus I don’t like the look of the flash player I chose, so that might change. Soon as I get a minute…

So, onto other news. The trumpet feature I wrote for the Army trumpets, “Fanfare & Cappriccio”, or “I’ve Just Given Up On Creative Titles”, seems to have been generally well accepted. I didn’t hear any bad comments, not that I’m expecting any. It’s always weird with musicians; if you really bomb, you’ll get mostly uncomfortable non-confrontational silences. No one wants to waste the time giving you constructive criticism. That’s practically like giving a free lesson!

The only things I’d really change is the length of the 2nd part; maybe I will. It just seems too short, somehow. That’s been my big problem since day 1: DEVELOPMENT. I can crank out short chunks of music all day long, no problem; developing takes all the effort. I don’t know how other composers do their thing, but that’s my cross to bear.

Anyway, the Army Ceremonial Band + trumpets is playing it this week, part of the Washington-Lee Summer Concert Series. If you’re in DC/Arlington, check it out. It’s most likely free (check first). Thurs 7:30pm at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA.