I used to think that I was the type of composer to work on my music until I thought it was complete, publish it, and move on the next endeavor. I have had that attitude for the majority of my writing career. However, over the past year, I have taken up two of my older … More Ok…I’ll give you a second chance. Maybe.
Over the past year, I have learned to push myself to be a much more productive composer (with quite a long way to go, I must say–I am quite a procrastinator). Even so, “writer’s block” is often that #1 universal excuse to fall back on to not get work done. It evokes a sense of … More Calling All Artists: Where do you like to write/create/compose?
In my entry entitled “Channeling my muse…,” I mentioned that as a composer, there is an overwhelming temptation to become overly preoccupied with what notes are being put on the page, which often overshadows developing the concept of the piece as a whole. As I started to develop the melodic material of my latest piece, … More I have a confession to make…
Upon rereading and reflecting on James Sharp’s entry in the U of R Composition Studio Blog, “Balancing the Professional and the Academic,” I have finally realized one of my major obstacles to composing a work to its completion. I often write out every note that comes to me, thinking that it will solidify my ideas. … More Channeling my muse…not. Let’s talk about old-fasioned brainstorming!
Usually, the start of every summer is filled with many of my ambitions: I’m going to write bazillion pieces, practice umpteen hours a day, read a multitude of books, etc, etc. Quite frankly: it never happens. Or it marginally makes the cut. As I realized lately that I have less than six weeks of summer … More You’d think I would have realized that the clock is ticking.