Over the weekend, I went to the Whispering Solo Piano concert near San Diego. The primary reason I went was to meet the musicians that are associated with that genre (New Age). I am in a very similar genre and they play my music on Whisperings and similar radio stations.
As I have done many times over the past 10 years or so, I spent the last two days judging a state piano competition for high school students. I have always enjoyed it because I like being around musicians who are passionate about music. It is a joy to get to know those young musicians a bit.
In August, we recorded a song I wrote called “This God Alone” in the live taping. The lyricist wants the music for a concert she is doing so I promised her I would write out the piano part (all the other parts are already written out).
I have not really taken the time to learn someone else’s piano arrangement in many years. It is too much work. But I certainly remember how I used to learn arrangements. One of the things that always used to frustrate me was that I would very often come to sections of the arrangement where I […]
I have been trying to relax for a few days after Friday’s concert, but the reality is that I am just very happy working. So yesterday, I worked on the kid’s school stuff all morning and at my office all afternoon. It felt good. The comments coming in from the concert have been interesting and […]
Some of you have no interest in the topic I am going to discuss today but others of you really get into the technical side of recording. For that reason, I want to talk about the audio set up for my concert next week.
There is something that I have learned over the past few years that I really did not previously understand. Here it is: the people that hide in that back room or cubicle in your church and control the sound are extremely important. I have learned this the hard way. It has not made sense for […]
If I am going to be honest, I am going to be a little slow posting lessons through the summer. I am traveling a lot and very busy. I have about three months to finish arranging the music for my next CD, and am feeling that pressure. Not only does the music have to be […]