As I trudged down to my basement studio, plopped myself at the piano, and opened my laptop to my notation software, an enormous sigh escaped me as I realized what I had to do that day: I had to finish composing another piece for my upcoming album Hematite. And even worse, once that one was … Continue reading The Biggest Obstacle to Composing Isn’t What You Think It Is
With my first year of grad school behind me, and six months since my last post, you can say there’s a lot to catch up on—both on this blog and in life, I suppose. But I’m going to cut to the chase with what’s going on right now: I’m recording my second solo piano album, … Continue reading What Goes into Making a Piano Album… And an Official Release Announcement!
A few weeks ago, I was thrilled to learn that my latest piece “Internal Combustion” was going to premiere in Nashville with the Nashville Composer Collective. Not only did this mean a performance (something we composers are always looking for), but it was also an excuse to go back to my old stomping ground for … Continue reading Nashville After 3 Months in Chicago: Here’s What Happened
Six weeks ago, as I packed the car and drove halfway across the country to grad school, my mom gave me an ominous warning on what lay ahead: “It’s going to be weird for a few months.” When I got here, at first, I thought everything was fine. I figured if I’d managed alright in … Continue reading Grad School is Weird, and Here’s Why: A 6-Week Update