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September 09, 2014

Music students

As the semester grinds on you may feel intensely burnt-out. You may even consider dropping out of music altogether. If that happens, go back and listen to your favorite recordings, make music with your friends, do anything you can to remind yourself why you loved music before you started studying it. An education in music… continued

July 25, 2014

Resources for composers

My friend Tim Davies is a world-class orchestrator. (He’s worked on all kinds of big films). His blog is an invaluable resource for composers, arrangers and orchestrators.

July 23, 2014

VYC Premieres Tonight

Tonight, the Virtual Youth Choir premieres at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. I can’t tell you how incredible it looks on the giant 1000m sq screen that spans Celtic Park stadium.  VYC-ers, you look and sound AWESOME. The event is being broadcast and webcast around the world. The ceremony begins at 9pm… continued

June 27, 2014


I don’t place too much importance on awards, but composer Thomas Newman has been nominated for an Oscar twelve times and has never won. That is a crime.

June 18, 2014

Daniel Keyes

Daniel Keyes, author of ‘Flowers For Algernon’, has died at age 86. An extraordinary book that was just a part of his fine catalogue.

June 07, 2014

There’s Treasure Everywhere

Fun fact: I nearly called my band piece “Noisy Wheels of Joy” “There’s Treasure Everywhere” as tribute to my all-time favorite comic. Changed it only because I want to save that tribute for a more substantial work.

May 08, 2014

Our Next Big Project: The Virtual Youth Choir

OK gang, here we go… if you are 18 or under and sing – JOIN US! Our next big project will launch next week: the first Virtual Youth Choir.   We are asking singers from around the world age 18 and younger to learn the song, record & upload their video to create the Virtual… continued

March 11, 2014

Ah, Copyright…

With all the talk in my last post about being denied the rights to set Shel Silverstein’s poetry to music – his estate won’t allow it – I was suddenly reminded of three of my pieces that almost didn’t survive because of the same problem: Cloudburst, Water Night and A Boy and a Girl. I… continued

January 31, 2014

First Sketches on “Hurt”

Made some first sketches this afternoon of an a cappella cover of Trent Reznor’s Hurt. Hard to hear all the biting dissonances when I play it on piano, but I think this is really going to work with voices. The Eric Whitacre Singers will premiere it on March 24th as part of the continued

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