Get Rid of Pesky Static Cling

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I’ll freely admit that I’m the type of person who can NOT live without variety when it comes to music. If you know me, you’d definitely put me in the “Type B” slot. It’s not that I’m restless, impatient or anything like that. There are some things that I don’t mind being routine but there are others that, in my …

The Black Sheep of the Orchestra?

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My son came home with a question the other day: [quote]Into which orchestral instrument family does the piano fit?[/quote] Traditionally, we’re taught that there are four instrument families in the orchestra: Strings Woodwinds Brass and Percussion Of the four, where does the piano fit? (What about the Harp, Celeste, Harpsichord and Pipe Organ for that matter?) We had our own …

What Music Industry “Crisis”???

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You’ll see, at the top of the site, a bunch of graphics that will link you to four different things: my Facebook profile, my Twitter profile, the RSS feed of this site and, my LinkedIn profile. A while ago, LinkedIn started offering members the opportunity to be a part of “groups”. I looked through them and found a few – …

Saying No

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I live by the age-old mantra: but, there’s also a caveat of “reasonableness” to that for me. I came to this “business” via a full-circle scenic route where I actually had the luxury of learning and experiencing the fine art of project management and, most importantly, cover-your-ass contract management. My client-from-hell story happened to me early on in my (relatively) …

Get Up Soldier!

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I’m almost embarrassed to admit it, but the other day I got a gig and just didn’t feel like getting into it. For those of you who know me well, you know I love music.  I love creating, manipulating, mixing, arranging, producing, listening … pretty well anything to do with music. This was almost like sacrilege.  I had a project …

Add Garnish to Taste

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It’s been a while… and it’s story time I guess: After a couple of weeks of Spring Break with the kid (and a two-week break from teaching), I stumbled into a situation where I was invited to re-imagine a song after reviewing the tune on MusicXRay. That’s the same site I mentioned a couple posts back when I was chatting …