Category Archives: Composing

for who is it done for

There was a musician who loved sorting through their habits and later played at avoiding them. Their favourite personal contributions were whatever didn’t sound like them. This frustrated many people who wanted to hear them play things they originally liked. They wrote pissed off letters or showed up to their gigs to complain. Critics wrote negatively about how much they didn’t sound like who they were before. So they changed their name.

wake up time to die

Airplane back from Winnipeg, Blade Runner playing. As it started I read the credits, Harrison Ford, Edward Olmos, Daryl Hannah, Rutger Hauer and I thought how cool they got the old cast together. The film started with synth sounds which were awesome, what guts for 2017, then I realized this isn’t the new Blade Runner, it is the original. I watched anyway. Music so unlike what people settle for in big films. I also recently saw Downsizing, exactly the usual film score, usual use of strings and orchestra to say now you are sad, now it is suspenseful, now it is action. It works but it is in almost every film and there are a zillion other ways a creative musician could do things uniquely. Makes me want to scream, wake up, time to die.

animal improvisors

Animals are already in that space improvisors are trying to sniff out. They’re paying attention to every second, already living it. I used to think it was valuable to try seeing how long can I keep my consciousness tuned into the present like each step while walking, or each breath. People can’t maintain that very long but animals already live there. They are showing the way all the time.