2009 Big, fun, scary

Happy Holidays from my family to yours!! LOL.

I was just asked.... "So what do you want to do next year, in 2009? Think hard, and make it good! Some BIG goals, some FUN goals, and some downright SCARY goals"

- compose/rewrite, record, produce, master, & do artwork for an album to be released in Sept 2009
- compose & produce a minimum of 52 broadcast quality tracks for film/tv
- sign more tracks with music publishers/libraries
- get my paperwork/house totally organized
- successfully do 'FAWM' 2009
- successfully do '50 songs in 90 days' 2009
- pay off two debts
- learn to play the flute again
- get a ukelele & have fun with it
- be awake & aware and take joy in every day
- share what I've learned along the way

Wishing you a fantastic and creative 2009!!!

on writer's block

Phillip Pullman's thoughts on writer's block:

"I don't believe in it. All writing is difficult. The most you can hope for is a day when it goes reasonably easily. Plumbers don't get plumber's block, and doctors don't get doctor's block; why should writers be the only profession that gives a special name to the difficulty of working, and then expects sympathy for it?" http://www.philip-pullman.com/

IMO the antidote to writer's block is... to write.

I think I should write something pretty much every day, even if it’s just a line or a verse or a scrap of melody. I do a lot of writing challenges because they push me to create (50 songs in 90 days, February is Album Writing Month, for example). Not that everything you write every day will be gold, but me writing every day is part of the practice of being a writer. I also read literature & books & newspapers & magazines, watch movies & television because… as songwriters, we are story tellers, therefore we need to feed the storyteller within us with ideas.

what's your plan?

My 5 year business plan consists of:

- acquiring the tools to create & produce broadcast quality music;

- learning how to use those tools effectively

- work consistently to grow my knowledge of composition;

- create 200 well-composed, broadcast quality instrumental cues over a two year period, and get them signed;

- understand that (for example), the solicited submission of today is the deal of tomorrow... and is the income of the day after that

- continue to pay it forward by sharing what I've learned with others on the path.

My mission statement might be something along the lines of: "To live the most creative life I can, to be 'in' the music, to figure out what I need to have & do do in order to achieve my goals & then get it, learn it and achieve it. To rise above my programming and become more than I ever dreamed I could be. To share my journey with good friends."


December morning

I have always been inspired by, and drawn to, the ocean and the earth.