As a composer it's easy to think our work is great. Our latest is probably the best work we have done so far, so it makes sense. But no matter how good it is, when it comes to synchronizing it to media, it's about whether or not it will work with picture.
It can be very frustrating to hear that our latest "masterpiece" was rejected by a gate keeper. Because it doesn't work for the opportunity or perhaps for any opportunity. After all: "it's my best work! :/"
On the flip side, what if a publisher says Yes to it, and then
I came across this information today and thought it was worth sharing. From the SOCAN website:
Choosing the Right Lawyer
As a songwriter, you want a lawyer who is familiar with copyright matters, as well as all aspects of the music industry. In Ontario, there is an organization called Artists Legal Advice Services [(416) 367-2527] which provides legal advice and educational services at no cost to Ontario artists of all disciplines. In Quebec and other provinces, your provincial Bar Association can provide names of lawyers working in your area.
Here's the full link https://www.socan.ca/creators/member-resources/music-business-articles/how-find-right-legal-representation
What a fantastic resource. Thank you SOCAN!
Very excited to find out one of my songs will appear on the June 8th, 2016 episode of Young and The Restless on CBS. The song is called Here For You. Performed by super talented Steve Collom. The song was co-written and signed to a great LA publisher. Big thank you to Beth Wernick at Imaginary Friends Music Partners and to the music supervisors on the show. We are thrilled! The song will be a featured vocal placement during the episode.
Our song is now available on iTunes
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I recently began using a new service called Wiselike to manage the various questions I often receive about composing, music production, and the music business. One question that often comes up is: Where do you draw your inspiration/creativity from? So I thought I'd write a blog post on this topic.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
For many years I believed in the concept of the muse being responsible for all creativity and inspiration. The muse that came only when it wanted, and in the most inopportune times. Some people carry voice recorders, or use their smartphone, and record ideas as they pop in their head. Lyricists keep
I recently had the honour to be involved in a project for an organization called Songs Of Love. This charity coordinates delivering original songs to terminally ill children. Other artists that have worked with them include Jason Mraz, David Lee Roth, and Billy Joel. My collaborators were Adriana Lycette and Steven Guiles. Here's our song for precious little Emily! <3
WGN Chicago recently used my french cafe piece for a news report on a local coffee shop: Curt's Cafe.
Very excited to share that one of my co-writes will be used tomorrow night (October 1st, 2013) on The Mindy Project on FOX. It's a song written with Steven Wesley Guiles. 'Pull Down The Sun' will air on Season 2 Episode 3 (S02E03). Episode is called Music Festival. Show airs tuesday nights 9:30/8:30c
Very excited to share my first official solo placement on tonight's debut episode of "Weed Country" on the Discovery channel US. Listen for a rendition of "God's Gonna Cut You Down". See if you can recognize my voice 😉 Airs 10PM ET Wednesday February 20th, 2013.
S01E01 Welcome to the Garden
It's been an incredible year and a half of learning about the film and television music industry. Much more yet to learn 🙂
Tune into ABC tonight (December 28th, 2012) @ 9pm ET for "Back To The Beginning" with Christiane Amampour. The show will be featuring two songs I co-produced with Steven Wesley Guiles. Last Friday part 1 of this two part series was the #1 show on television with over 5 million viewers. One of the songs is this public domain adaptation of Battle Hymn of The Republic:
We also produced another custom piece of music, an adaptation of Joshua Won the Battle of Jericho. This one I cannot share but you may hear it tonight at 9pm ET on ABC.
Here are the videos
Had lots of fun doing this. I entered a remix contest for the group The Crystal Method.
They asked people to remix "Come back clean" a track off their latest album.
I ended up using only some of the vocal parts for my creation. It's definitely a Pedro Costa Alternative Rock track 😉
It features the voice of Emily Haines from Metric.
The contest submission end on Sept 16th. We'll see what happens.
The best submissions receive a few nice prizes.
I hope you enjoy it.