Category: Music Composition

Tailgate trombone

Feeling the urge to return to writing the occasional composition-teacher post! Some time ago I made a list of titles for posts I had ideas to write. Here’s one… “Tailgate trombone” is a term that applies to a typical trombone part in “Dixieland” jazz… Continue Reading “Tailgate trombone”

Mother’s Day Lakewood UCC 2020

Come, O Spirit, with Your Sound

As part of my job as music director at Lakewood UCC, I write a lot of original music (original hymns, anthems, solo keyboard pieces, hymn-tune settings). Because of the corona virus lockdown, I’ve been doing all those same things, but for online posts by… Continue Reading “Come, O Spirit, with Your Sound”

No magic brush

This is the most important truth I still have to learn for every piece. It’s like I completely forget how to write music after every piece. At one point in my life, I kept the first scraps of paper from pieces so I could… Continue Reading “No magic brush”

Your cosmic radio

if you can firmly hear one note in your mind, the mind will usually wait to “play” the next note for you

Tabletop drummer

This post is a further exploration of one of the tricks mentioned in a grain of sand: coming up with a rhythmic idea devoid of any pitch content. There is a legend, quite possibly not apocryphal, because the game of billiards was indeed one of… Continue Reading “Tabletop drummer”

Books about music

The Eastman School of Music Sibley Library is possibly the largest music library in the world, rivaled by maybe only the Library of Congress and the other world class state conservatories (Moscow, Paris, London). Despite its size I remember wandering around it as a… Continue Reading “Books about music”

Olivier Messiaen’s “Technique of my Musical Language”

Books by historically significant composers on composing are few and those that do exist are uneven in their approach. My favorite, probably, is Olivier Messiaen‘s book, Technique of my Musical Language. You probably won’t find it for sale anywhere and if you do, it will… Continue Reading “Olivier Messiaen’s “Technique of my Musical Language””

A grain of sand…

Sometimes you get an idea for a piece and then you begin to write with absolutely no problems. You’re on fire and the music flows from you like images from the end of Walt Disney’s animated paint brush. Sometimes the ideas may be there,… Continue Reading “A grain of sand…”

Who You Were Meant to Be

Who You Were Meant to Be A Guide to Finding or Recovering Your Life’s Purpose Lindsay C. Gibson, Psy.D New Horizon Press Far Hills, NJ Copyright @2000 Lindsay C. Gibson You may wonder why I begin a blog about being a composer with a book… Continue Reading “Who You Were Meant to Be”

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