…..To be a valuable resource for other creators creating their works of art, I need to be in the mode of creating more music on an ongoing basis to expand my music library along diverse genres of music. The value of my music catalog to other creators depends on both quality, size, and diversity. The necessity to keep creating along those factors is essential because creative vision is as vast, varied, and unique as its creator. Your support not only helps me with the ongoing creation of new music, but also helps filmmakers, videographers who need to enhance their creative visions with music to license or to purchase the creation of new original compositions, orchestrations, and music productions. Your support also helps recording artists and music creators with discounts for audio mixing and mastering, music video creation, album cover art, and sheet music cover art. I believe that every artist, whether filmmaker or music artist, creates to share a story of significance that deserves to be heard and cherished by an audience that will appreciate that story. Music and art are powerful tools to bring these creative visions to life. This is only possible if you join me as a member Producer of Visionary Quest Records and ….
We all remember 9/11. It is etched in our minds deeply and profoundly. We also have our personal stories of sadness and sorrow that are etched in our minds with the same gravity and depth. At the time the pain is so great and unbearable. We ask ourselves how will we ever recover from this. But the human spirit is filled with such strength and resilience. When we do come back,…
We all do it in some form or another and for different reasons. How would that translate musically? Sometimes we’re running because we’re late. Other times, we’re running because we’re frantically searching for something. Others find themselves doing the chasing, while others are running away from those chasing them down. Sometimes, we’re simply trying to sneak out and get away. This is….
As I have mentioned before inspiration can come from any aspect of life from within and from what surrounds us. Recent current events have served as the impetus for creativity for me. Last week I was so overwhelmed with emotion, sadness, courage, and inspiration to compose the piece Procession in D Minor (for Full Orchestra and SATBB Choir) and Procession in Minor (for Wind Ensemble and SATBB Choir). It is deep, profound, and filled with a mixture of the emotions I was feeling during my writing of the piece. There is an undertone of sadness yet its build in processional style is indicative of courage to overcome adversity, to face challenges, and to honor those who have been taken away from us….
Music moves people in such different ways due its emotional connection with its listeners. Emotional music moves me in such a profound way. Similarly, It flows naturally from within me for outer expression when I write music. In hindsight, whenever I had a choice to choreograph dance pieces many years ago, I would choose very emotional, dark music to share stories that also had a sad dark premise. So, it appears that my creative self-expression comes from an inner desire to express that which I usually do not express in my normal course of interaction with the rest of the world. People often describe me as having a happy-go-lucky, jovial, exuberant persona. Carl Jung believed that there is a mechanism of balance between the inner and outer life of a person. Nature in its grand scheme seeks balance. Weather is an excellent example. From that perspective, that makes some sense. However, creating music is much more than that. Music goes deeper than that. From personal experience in observing other artists as well as myself, I venture to say that composers’ creations embody their personal stories plus the emotions that are a very deep integral aspect of their stories expressed through musical sounds. A composer’s creation becomes music when a listener makes a connection with a composer’s creation in a personal way to the listener. Hence, every person is moved by different types of music. What I find to be music to my ears may not be music to another’s ears. A composer’s story or emotional intention may not be exactly the same to the meaning attributed by the listener. It is the listener’s connection with the composer’s creation that results in music to one’s ears. A listener becomes a fan when that listener identifies and connects with much of a music creator’s music. The old adage “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder’ speaks a truth for music creators that music is in the ears of the beholder. So, composers hope …
Adding Swag to James Lord Pierpont’s Famous Carol
I wonder if James Lord Pierpont had swag in his time. Well, he does now at least with this new twist on Jingle Bells. Jingle Bells originally composed by James Lord Pierpont in 1857. It was published as One Horse Open Sleigh intended for Thanksgiving holiday. This arrangement modifies this public domain piece with instrumentation and genre. It has been arranged as a hip-hop rap solo with clean slightly modified original lyrics to give an authentic hip-hop urban feel. This is an easy and should provide some refreshing
12 Days of Christmas Hip-Hop Rap features Rap Soloist, Percussion, and Optional Beatboxing for High School Choirs, and Fun Audience Participation
Christmas is just around the corner. School is making its preparations for the first day of school. Music teachers are making plans for their fall and winter programs. What an ideal time to consider adding some refreshing urban holiday hip-hop to one’s holiday programs. Tito Abelea has arranged a collection of traditional Christmas music. Sheet Music Plus has just published the first in the Holiday Hip-Hop Rap collection: 12 Days of Christmas Hip-Hop Rap, See below for item details….
In Part 1, we discussed that music works created before 1923 are now classified as being in the public domain. That classification applies only under U.S. copyright law. When works fall into this classification, the public is free to use these music works. But there are some caveats to consider. The public domain is an evolving universe of creative works. To clarify, although music created before 1923 is in fact in the public domain, the distinction is only the original music has gone into the public domain. When a new musical work is created from a pre-existing musical work, a new copyright is created, also known as a derivative copyright, As a result, arrangements of original music that is in the public domain, may not have gone into the public domain. So any musical arrangement made after 1923 would still enjoy copyright protection applying the applicable copyright rules….
Music moves people in many ways. Music motivates, inspires, excites, and comforts. A person gravitates towards music either to enhance a state of mind or to change a state of mind. For others, the music that a person listens to reflects that person’s state of mind. Its power and impact is undeniable and invaluable. Its presence is everywhere – watching a live concert, holding on the phone, shopping in the mall, praying at church service, attending a wedding, working out, crying during a funeral, screaming during a horror movie, or feeling the warm fuzzies during a love and romance movie. Whenever, wherever, music is there weaving and casting its magic. Music is either being piped in by the establishment for its patrons or we are bringing the music we like. No one leaves home without music. It is a part of who we are. ..
Good morning, Good evening my friends and colleagues,
I hope those of you who are just rising to greet this wonderful day are awakening to a day that will be nothing less awesome. I also hope that my other dear friends and colleagues who are soon ending their work day had a satisfying productive day. Today I wanted to share my experience with SMP Press especially those of you who haven’t yet decided to give this program a try. First, I will start off by saying the folks here at SMP Press at Sheet Music Plus have given me such stellar customer service as a composer contributor. SMP Press is an awesome program. But its awesome factor is deep and personal to me on several levels. Your experience may be different. The timing of my discovery of SMP Press had such a profound impact on me. I believe that if there's opportunity for a creative person to be creative – to create and to self-express, that artist should feed and nurture that aspect of his own soul and being. What gives a person fulfillment and meaning? What is a person's happy place? Sometimes people joke about having been temporarily in their happy place, having spent an atypical weekend doing the atypical. Yet, this atypical weekend was so extraordinarily satisfying - it was both named as a desired goal and a recognition of what it means to be happy. Then why was this so atypical? Should not our life pursuits be focused on achieving our dreams, that which brings happiness. If composing or arranging music is what makes one happy, then why do anything else? If there are opportunities to compose new music or to add new life to existing music with a new arrangement, wouldn't you seize those opportunities?
SMP Press has spent considerable time and effort to gather and build a global, creative powerhouse of independent composers, songwriters, and music publishers to provide customers of Sheet Music Plus (SMP) with the bonus of original music compositions often not available anywhere else in the world. In addition to these original works, SMP Press has established a special arrangement with music publisher Hal Leonard that allows SMP Press composers to search a database of copyrighted music with over a million titles of copyrighted music, pre-cleared for SMP Press composers to create musical arrangements of these songs that are under copyright protection. Nowhere else will you find this. Of course, there are specific restrictions as to what type of musical arrangements are permitted to SMP Press composers. Large ensembles such as show choirs, marching band, wind ensemble, and orchestra are not permitted. However, solo to small ensembles are permitted. Mashups or medleys are also not permitted. These restrictions only apply to the SMP Press sheet music database of copyrighted music. SMP composers are free to compose original compositions in any way they like, for any mode of expression, from soloist, duet, small ensemble to a large orchestra. Composers, the world is still your oyster. (Sheet Music Plus, 2019)
Gay Pride 2019 has been one proud event after another as she dances from one city to the next on one huge global runway. Take a look at these sexy, hot music playlists that will keep you grinding, bumping and twirling proudly down the walk of shame. Shame? Not! Pump up those colorful buff muscles, boys. These playlist combine today’s musts and yesterday’s …..
Working from home, I am with my lovable companions 24/7. I am sending a million emails to the outside world. Each day there may be 1 or 2 conference calls where I actually have person to person interaction. I do my groceries once a month. There’s also the gym about 4x a week. So, I guess we need to add up those daily interactions. Aside from that, it’s just me, Gigi, Papi, Sophie, and Glinda. As I reflect back on my day to day activities, I discover that the day is not only filled with my own agenda but the agenda of my lovable companions. Is there communication? You bet. But it’s not communication by words. It’s a mixture of behavior directed towards me and that ‘look’ that you as their pet owner have learned to decipher what the look means. When that is learned, there is free flow of communication. For example,