Welcome to what some would say is a long overdue website? As many of you know, I’ve been in a “musical re-tooling” mode for the past several years and only now feel that I have something potentially worthwhile to say and/or share. It’s been a long journey. First there was the basic “playing skills”; though I started playing piano at age 4, you either “use it” or “lose it”… Suffice it to say that after a 20-year hiatus I was pretty close to starting over! I’ll share that road to rejuvenation in a separate post as I know that many people my age get a rekindled interest in music…
Next was the whole issue of absorbing this huge world of music technology. Ironically, many key technologies in use today were just emerging in my teens, about the time I turned my attention to more practical endeavors. So while I was generally familiar with the concepts, I was pretty much a neophyte. Perhaps the only saving grace was the years I spent in commercial software development, which at least puts me on speaking terms with most technologies. But even with a so-called “engineering background”, there was shed loads of new things to learn – and quite a bit by trial and error.
I was very fortunate to meet many industry professionals along the way – due in large part to numerous Internet forums that have become vital collaboration tools for the industry. As the ‘ol saying goes, there’s strength in numbers and the level of information sharing that takes place daily is remarkable and beyond helpful! I’ll discuss some of those relationships and key findings more later.
But in the end, as with most creative processes, you find yourself flying solo the majority of the time. Furthermore, the technology landscape is very fluid and continues to evolve; and music technology pushes even the most modern heavy-duty computing platforms to its limits. So by necessity, you end up becoming part “engineer”, part “producer”, part “composer”, and part “musician”. Each discipline has a role in the overall process, and whilst it’s easier today than it was yesterday, foundational skills across the board are essential.
Finally, there’s this little thing called the end-result: a Tune! A finished tune makes it all worthwhile. Hard to explain in words, perhaps because music is more an expression of emotion than thought, but the bottom line is that it’s really a rewarding experience, regardless of your skill level (thank goodness)! It takes time, there’s always someone vastly better than you, and given the “millions of minutes” it takes to create something, and with modern attention spans affording merely minutes to listen… this endeavor is more about the journey than the result, at least for the professional hobbyist, such as myself.
Time permitting, I intend to make frequent updates. I have quite a bit of “lessons learned” material that I hope will benefit other others like me. Unfortunately, the Tunes will never come fast enough! Last year, I was only able to write and produce 4! Sure, I can use the “I’m a busy person” excuse, but seriously how “real professionals”, particularly those that do film/television work, crank out quality material so quickly is beyond me. Even with all the technology, writing music takes time, especially if you’re constantly distracted by a day job! The good thing is that my limited skill and mediocre productivity makes me truly appreciate that particular distraction!
Thank you for taking the time to stop by, and for the encouragement and support that so many of you continue to give.
Los Angeles, CA