Thursday, August 30, 2012

Facebook

I wanted to avoid Facebook being the hub of activity for my compositions, but it appears that that has just become defunct. Facebook is the hub. I am going to continue to streamline my site mixed with all my other social media, but the bulk will be done on good ol' Facebook. I will still update my website, Sound Cloud, MySpace, Twitter, etc., but daily goings on will be managed through Facebook.

I said all that to say this, have you liked my page?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sibelius?

So, I'm kinda wondering what is up with Avid, more specifically, Sibelius' future...

Rumor has it that Avid has sacked their Sibelius design team? I wonder if there is anyone out there who has some intel on that. If it's true, that is bloody unfortunate. 

I got some advice from a friend of mine about keeping my lovely Facebook page updated. So I'm going to go to that now. We'll see how this turns out. Wish me luck!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Struggle.

That's the only way I can really describe it. "Struggle." Since my daughter was born about four months ago, it has been a constant struggle to live. Yes, yes, we who have children all know that your life changes soon as you have kids. I was preparing for that to happen for nine and a half months. I get it. But it is NO WHERE close to what I anticipated. It's harder. Not gonna lie (just like everyone does), I have an awesome kid. I have seen some new parents where it is literally Hell on Earth keeping this child alive (some of my dearest friends have had the sweetest and most hellion children I've ever seen). I have it pretty easy, I think, compared. I'm not gonna say I know what certain people are going through with their kids, because all situations are different from the child itself to the parenting style. Again I say, I have it pretty easy. But I am just now being able to write again, four months after she was born. And even then, it's hit or miss. Like last weekend, I was on a role, I must have edited, even completely revamping some of my jazz tunes, probably up near 5-8 charts, updated my website, made sure all of my social networking websites are all on the same page, AND took care of the baby all weekend. But this weekend has been a joke. I've tried to get that fire like I had last weekend and I think I actually destroyed more than I created (in particular, I messed up some of the coding for my website and had to figure out how to fix it). And I just can't. I have literally accomplished nothing this weekend.  I even brought my saxophone home to practice. What didn't I do? Practice.

I said all that to say this:

It's quite bothersome because I have been given an opportunity, which I hope will pay off in the long run. A student at University of Southern California contacted me about writing a film score for a documentary. You may not think, this is a big deal, but it really is. So it is both awesome timing AND bad timing because of the ULC next month until April. I haven't really been given a timeline for anything yet, but I really hope I can meet it while going to school at the same time. Challenge.

Anywho, so, whilst not accomplishing anything, I did practice my conducting techniques. I figure I should be able to conduct MY own pieces, right? Of course! So I did that. I also conducted some Holst stuff, mostly because it doesn't get much better than that; not for Concert Band, anyway.

So here's to busy weeks and even busier weekends. Oh, and NO life.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Yay, updates!

I have been overhauling most of my social networking websites! This includes Sound Cloud, Linked In, Behance, Score Exchange, Twitter, and even MySpace (who uses that anymore?). Crazy. I'm trying to make it as consistent as possible across the board, even down to wording, bio, and the information about each chart. I did finally start reworking some of my jazz tunes. Updates on those should be forthcoming. Exciting. I'm getting my conducting chops and my saxophone chops back up to par. I'm going for advanced training at the Armed Forces School of Music, so I'm trying to update as much as I can because for 8 months, I will be in student mode. I actually should be done uploading everything mp3 and score wise within the week. It all depends on how productive I am at work. But I made some solid progress today for sure. And that is WHILE on baby duty. Win. I don't know who actually reads this, but any tips on expanding my audience base? Anything? Bueller?

Anywho, I'm gonna go practice some conducting now. Wish me luck.