Archive for October, 2018

A Collection of Themes/Melodies

I just came up with a super great idea and so I’m going to write it down in my blog.  What if after I finish writing my next all piano album I concentrate on writing themes that are 30 seconds or less.  Themes for movie, film, TV, or radio.  Basically, I could showcase my talent of writing melodies.  I could have different categories and I could catalog them on my website.  (Such categories could include:  Fantasy, Scary, Romantic, Comedy, etc.)  Each theme could have a YouTube video which I link to the website.  I could also include some themes from my pieces I have already written.  This could be an exciting project.

I’d love for someone to take a theme I wrote and expand it into a score.  (Not that I could not do this myself down the road.)

What do you think?

Persistance is Key

Apparently, persistence is key.  It’s even more important then talent according to this new book I am reading called “Grit” by Angela Duckworth.

It gets me thinking about my own life.  The importance of practice as a musician.  My practice time has suffered for a long time but that is slowly changing this month as I already have more practice time in then I did last month.  I am keeping track of my time at the piano with a stopwatch and a little calendar to record my practice time on.  The first few months of using said calendar I maybe locked in 2 hours of practice total for the month.  That’s pretty bad for someone whose “passion is music”.

I’m going to make it though.  I believe that I have some grit as the book calls it and I’m determined to finish this piece of music…hopefully by the end of the year.

Wish me luck!

My Goals for the Future

It’s my hope that I can finish composing Luminescence (the newest composition that is under construction) and also one other piece on piano.  If I can do that then I can put together recordings of most of my piano scores for an all piano album.  I’d like to call it:  Escape!  A Piano Fantasy

I want it to have 10 tracks.  I want it on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, etc.

Thankfully I am feeling more motivated to compose.  I’ve mentioned in previous blogs that I was feeling a bit “dried up” and “unmotivated”.  I’m feeling a little different now but still scared to proceed.  A little anxiety always tells me “your not going to be able to come up with anything new today” or even “you don’t feel like playing today.”  These are things I have to battle.

Music is my life…you can ask anyone at my work.  I carry my Beats pill around the shelter listening and sharing music all day.  I go to concerts.  I play saxophone in the GSU Perimeter College Wind Ensemble and I also sing in the GSU Perimeter Chorus.  I just started the chorus this semester and I think that it is helping me feel more inspired musically.  I want all of these things to inspire my work as a composer.

Composing music is my definite chief aim.  I enjoy the work and what I come up with.  I enjoy sharing that work with my family and friends…and maybe someday it will get shared with the world.  But the most important thing is the act of composing itself and enjoying that process.

I do have a few things that are bothering me…these are things I don’t feel comfortable sharing with everyone but I have a feeling they will all work out for the best.  I have to trust that I will make good decisions and make the decisions that will aid me in my quest to compose beautiful music.