Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Another gay post: coming out as a gay composer

I already wrote about my experience as a craft blogger/content creator on my GamerCrafting blog. This is a little bit different, but the message is the same.

Love is love: coming out as a gay musician

Last weekend, a homicidal homophobe gunned down 50 people at a gay club in Orlando. 50 more were injured. The entire LGBT community has been shaken to its very core. We're all thinking: what if it had been us?

Thursday, 2 June 2016

A musician's summer reading list

It's summer. Let's read. And maybe learn some stuff in the process.

A musician's summer reading list on Musically Notable

No, I'm not a teacher, so I don't get time off in the summer. But a lot of you are, and by my count it's halfway through 2016 so I'd better get started on those New Year's resolutions.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

What I'm listening to this week: the sound of me screaming into the void

Sometimes I look at the music community around me, and it's not hard to see why I can leave it behind. I'm astounded by the exclusion and disenfranchisement that I see on an annoyingly regular basis - and it seems like a lot of people just don't see it.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

What I'm listening to this week: the sound of silence

No, I'm talking about the Simon and Garfunkel song. I'm not talking about the Disturbed cover of it, either (even though it's pretty awesome, click here to have a listen).

What I'm listening to this week on Musically Notable: absolutely nothing.

Don't worry, I'm not about to make you all listen to John Cage's 4:33. That's not what this is about. 

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

The real reason I stopped singing

I love the weekly @MusoChat discussion because people engage with each other in an open and honest way. This week was no exception.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Validation as a creative: what does it mean?

I read an interesting article on The Atlantic this morning about how many of us use the "Scarcity tactic" of using social yardsticks to measure our success. Are we getting paid more than our peers? Are we receiving more awards, more acclaim, more positive reviews?

Obviously that tactic is toxic: it uses scarcity as a measuring stick for success, with the mindset that only a few can be successful - and yet, we do it all the time.

Friend and fellow musician Justin Capps and I were talking about this recently, about how he's always truly and genuinely enthusiastic for other musicians' successes. Justin is a better person than me, because I frequently succumb to the Green Eyed Monster. I get jealous when I see my peers succeed, and I beat myself up about it. Why aren't I receiving recognition?

Last week, I got a very enthusiastic email from Listening to Ladies (Follow them on Facebook and Twitter, they are awesome). They really liked my piece Fractal (above) that I wrote over a year ago, and said that I was going to be featured.

I started talking to Justin about how overwhelmed I was, when it struck me:

No one has ever complimented my compositions before (who wasn't a friend or family member). No one. Zip. Zilch. Not even my teachers in university (in fact, one told me my music was boring and "fatiguing to listen to"). So for a total stranger to find merit in my work was unbelievable.

So while I agree with the sentiment that we should aim for an "abundance-oriented approach" that focuses on realizing that there is room for everyone's creativity, it helps to have a little bit of reassurance that we aren't just spending hours, weeks, months (years) on something that no one except your college bff's dad (hi Randy) and your parents (and probably spouse) listen to.

With that in mind, can we all try to be a little more vocal about how awesome we think each other are? This isn't just about me, it's about all of us. Support your friends.

(And on that note, click here to visit Justin's site because he's an amazing lyricist and is writing some seriously awesome tracks lately.)

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

What I'm listening to this week: the amazing Unravel score

Unravel music score: review on Musically Notable

I finished this game last week, and I've been listening to the soundtrack ever since. Never before was there such a game so quietly nostalgic, a pet project realized by a gifted team of developers and visionaries.