Writing Music Like Mozart


[Classmates, if you want to hear my final project and see the submitted score, please scroll down to the bottom of this article.]

For the past six weeks I have been taking a Coursera class called, “Writing Music Like Mozart”. I’ll not bore non-music theorists with the details of what was covered, but I do want to address certain people in this world. Continue reading

A Peace Corps for Music

A Peace Corps for Music

I was asked to help along a National Geographic project by submitting a video presentation for their Expedition Granted competition so there would be some submissions live before the project started. Basically, people have a pet project they want funded and the winner will be granted $50,000.00 toward that end. You might be able to see my submission on the main page for this project, just go there and scroll down a little, under “ADVISOR PICKS”, and then click on the “Find Out More” text to view the video. Here’s the site:

—> Expedition Granted <—

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American Idol Finalists 2013

AIFinal2013Two words: Told ya.

I called this a while back, although you can’t usually rely on the voting public to pick the best talent. For once the best two are in the final. Candice, on the right, should win if there is any justice left in the world.

The best competition show is coming up soon and if you only ever follow one it should be: So You Think You Can Dance. The auditions are usually particularly amazing. I highly recommend this particular show above all others of the genre. It starts May 14 & 15 on FOX.

I’m working on a video that might be really funny and I hope it doesn’t offend anyone that doesn’t deserve offending. Coming soon!

Animated Music – smalin


Hey, Stephen Malinowski posted what follows in a comment on my Piano Lessons page. You should really go and check this out. Stravinsky might not be your bag, but there are many other pieces visually rendered in completely different ways. Here’s three different examples of the many on his YouTube channel: Continue reading

Julve Sings Again

JulveThis is a lovely little instrumental. Jan Antonie Baars from the Netherlands is on guitar and I am playing the bass part. We met online while I was living in Thailand through our MySpace musician pages. We were e-mailing back and forth with chord ideas for a song and were taking our sweet time about it over a couple months while getting to know each other more than anything else. Meanwhile I was listening to his music and he was listening to mine.

(The Telesforo Julve pictured on the left is likely the same model the song was named after and performed on.)

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Finding Diane

Here is the finished piano solo version of “Finding Diane” in proper rondo form. It was inspired by the upcoming novel “Pieces of the Circle”, draft copies of the opening chapters can be found at Diane’s own blog. This gave me great difficulty to perform because the piece demanded to change keys before returning to the beginning themes and that new key turned out to be very demanding where the original key was relatively easy. Regardless, here is the best I can do with it in the video below and is also in one of the music players in the right-hand column. Continue reading

The Young Ones – 01

micYay! It’s original music time!

My thirteen-year-old piano student came today for her seventh piano lesson and for an absolute beginner she is progressing rather well. Her father initially told me that she wants to play and sing, and so far until the playing becomes more comfortable that isn’t going to work. Still, I had a little surprise waiting for her that I sprung at the end of her regular lesson. Continue reading