Archive for January, 2013

Another year, another blog entry

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

It’s been a while since the last one, for many reasons.  First, as I tell everyone, a new change in command at TUSAB.  It seems like a lame excuse, but new command means new workflow, and it’s an adjustment, no matter who the new guy is.  For some reason, this year was much busier than usual, and no hope for better this year.  This year, its an inaugural, next year it will be Pageant of Peace.  Left, right, left.

The other reason is that I didn’t feel like I had much to say, particularly about music.  I didn’t write much of anything last year.  No commissions, which was fine for a change because I had lots of other work to keep me busy, as well as my day job.  This year, as of this writing, I have 2 pieces to write, 3 if you include the Symphony I’m working on.  What the heck, I’ll write more about that later, once my panic attack subsides…

Actually, I do have a lot to say about music, but it’s more than can be easily written (typed) in one sitting.  I also had one of those self-censoring moments where I wondered if anyone actually read my blog, or if I even had anything to say, about music or anything else.  The problem with a blog is that it’s tempting to write what you’re actually thinking.  If I did that, it would be mostly complaints and lists of things I find ridiculous about the human species.  That just makes you sound like an asshole, and I’m not an asshole!  At least I hope I’m not one.  BUT that seems to be what people want to read.

2012 did have some ups and downs.  The Mayan Apocalypse apparently came and went!  I had one of the tougher bits of copy-work come across my desk on the Kennedy Center Honors (blasted Prokofiev!).  I went hiking, went on a few more wine tours, spent some more time with my camera & sweet lenses, got to see my family at Xmas for the first time in about 12 years.  All in all, a good year.

I do have some exciting gear upgrades in the works.  I’m going to get a copy of the new-fangled Band in a Box, with the real tracks and everything.  Also looking forward to trying the EZDrummer series of products.  Looks promising.

I would also like to do a review of some ZOOM products.  I like my ZOOM stuff.  More to come.