Turn It Off, Get Centered and Get Working

Turn It Off, Get Centered and Get Working

Copyright: Rex Features Moviestore Collection
Copyright: Rex Features Moviestore Collection

Copyright: Rex Features Moviestore Collection

I have a confession, I don’t do what I am about to suggest you should do. I write this as much for myself as for you. With all the digital tools at our fingertips, we–the royal we–tend to go straight to those tools when it comes to produce. This is bad and actually dampens the creative process. Instead, I believe I have devised a “formula,” and I hate…

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Any day at the beach is a good day at the beach! (at Avon Beach - Washington Ave.)

Any day at the beach is a good day at the beach! (at Avon Beach - Washington Ave.)

Download:Revelation Space & Other Works

My new album is available for downloading and streaming.

Inisde the Studio-How I Created My Latest Piece

I just released my lastest piece based on Alastair Reynolds’ scifi series of books, Revelation Space.

Exploring New Worlds - How Reading Can Inspire Music Composition

Exploring New Worlds – How Reading Can Inspire Music Composition

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If you read one of my earlier posts, you would know that, while living in New Orleans, at the behest of a good friend of mine and novelist, Skye Moody, I submitted a piece short fiction to a conference on the study of the short story. The story was accepted and I was selected to read as an up-and-coming Southern writer. I am a writer at heart and though I haven’t written fiction in quite some…

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My new sounds:

Learning A New Instrument - The Resonator

Learning A New Instrument – The Resonator

This is the resonator I purchased. Image courtesy of Johnson Guitars.

If you asked me if Bluegrass was a genre I was totally into, I probably would have said, “no.” As it turns out, I do really like Bluegrass, especially the sound of the resonator guitar, a.k.a., the Dobro. I love the metalic twang and the sliding between notes. Maybe it was my time living in New Orleans and exploring much of South Louisiana that the sound of the resonator rang with the sounds of…

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Just-In-Time Learning for Composers

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I have a ton of books on music theory and composition. Some are classics, others are of more recent vintage, and as I push myself through them, I do find that my knowledge expands. There is a downside to trying to cram, though. The fact is all that great information is overwhelming and rather abstract. I have read that too much theory can be a bad thing when it comes to creativity. I don’t…

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An update

I haven’t been posting much this past week. Our little girl, Lucy, fell about 12 feet off our balcony onto the wooden deck below. She broke her jaw in 3 places and sustained a number of lacerations on her face along with having a few teeth pushed into her gums. It has been a rather traumatic experience. Lucy is home now with us. Her jaw is wired shut, but she is making good progress. I have been…

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How to Compose Deliberately

How to Compose Deliberately

Agnus Dei

When I first started composing I would feverishly on the work. As wrote in my previous post Getting Musically Unstuck, it is good to take breaks and gain some distance from your work so that each time you approach it, you are fresh and not creatively fatigued or stressed. Well, I am taking my own advice. Yesterday, I began a piece as I reflected on Good Friday and its meaning. It is an Agnus Dei 

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The Boston Sequence

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I wrote this piece last year after the Boston bombing. I am re-sharing in the memory of those killed and maimed in the attack.

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The Boston Sequence I wrote this piece last year after the Boston bombings. I post in the memory of…

The Boston Sequence

I wrote this piece last year after the Boston bombings. I post in the memory of those lost and maimed.

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5 Tips for Getting Musically Unstuck

5 Tips for Getting Musically Unstuck

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Has this happened to you? You start what you think is going to be a great piece, you write a few bars and then, WHAM! You hit a wall, or like the picture above, you get bogged down and it feels like you have never written a piece of music in your life. You’re stuck and asking yourself how the heck do I get out of this musical quagmire I created?

  1. Stop writing and change your scenery. Sometimes…

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