Category: Blog

Postcard from Australia

  So it’s been about eight months since I’ve moved to Australia, and now that I’m not feeling particularly rushed to make up for lost time with my dissertation, I’ve had the opportunity to really start to engage in the new music community in Sydney.  Since most of the people who’ll see this post are from the States, I figured… Read more →

The other day, I…

…was offered a very cool job working at Musica Viva Australia, as Education Manager.  It’s a great opportunity to support local schools by offering supplemental programs for both teachers and students, in an all-in-one package.  Take a look at the promo video: The nice thing, for me, is that it’s an honest to goodness, real, grown-up, adult job.  I’m not… Read more →

Social Media As A Composer…in the style of Buzzfeed

The following is a (semi-) lighthearted look at what it’s like to delve into the world of social media as a composer.  Being that this is the territory of millenials, it has been brought to you in easily digestible Buzzfeed format. 1. You are told by some visiting presenter that you need to up your online presence, which means using… Read more →

The other day, I…

…got an email from a music publisher.  Which was kind of exciting, don’t get me wrong. I had visions of my mom proudly telling her friends that her little boy was a published composer!  The email went a little something like this:     (Yes. My desktop matches my website. And my Twitter.  I’m that guy.  I know.) So, the email was… Read more →

Today, I saw…

…something on the Internet that nearly made me spit take. It was a new tumblr, Jony Ive Redesigns Things, where users submit Ive-ified redesigns of everyday objects, logos, etc. Check out this Korean flag, for instance: All of this, of course, is referring back to Apple’s latest redesign of its mobile operating system, iOS 7. Ive has completely revamped the… Read more →

This will be…

…my first post from Australia! Things are going well, and Sara and I are finally settling in after some couch surfing. Our apartment looks like an IKEA showroom, minus some arrows on the floor (and yeah, the meatballs). My job requires me to take the train into the city every day, which makes it feel less like a part time… Read more →

I have been doing…

…some thinking about the state of pop music lately.  Pop music is fascinating from a sort-of outsider perspective (“sort-of” in that we are all technically immersed in pop culture whether we want to be or not.  Unless you literally live without access to it, which, these days, takes a concerted effort!).  I was listening to the radio on my way… Read more →

As years of…

…experience have shown me, I’m slowly crawling out of my annual creative slump.  Usually, it happens from about mid-February through the end of March, and I’ve come to expect it when it comes along and try not to push myself.  My private teacher, Meg, has been accommodating, which I appreciate.  Still, the best part of the slump is when I… Read more →

Some good advice…

…from Alexandra Gardner:   A parable: In 2001/2002, I weighed around 280 lbs.  I had always been overweight, but the combination of the Freshman Fifteen, a messy breakup, and my parents divorcing led me to balloon out.  I knew that I was unhealthy, but the momentum required to change my life seemed like too damn much to do. Faced with… Read more →

Social media has…

…been marketed as one of the possible saviors of classical music.  And, I mean, it’s done a lot for it, don’t get me wrong.  If nothing else, it’s created a spot for a social media intern, someone who’s (maybe?) getting paid to tweet/Facebook on behalf of the orchestra…and that’s gotta be pretty awesome, right? I guess my problem is that… Read more →