modern classical

Running, Searching, Chasing, Investigating....

Running, Searching, Chasing, Investigating....

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….

Music = (Composer's Story + Story's Emotions) Musical Sound + Listener's Connection

Music = (Composer's Story + Story's Emotions) Musical Sound + Listener's Connection

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 …

SMP Press A+ Experience: Life Shaping Composers, Composers Shaping Music,  Music Sharing Life's Stories

SMP Press A+ Experience: Life Shaping Composers, Composers Shaping Music,  Music Sharing Life's Stories

Calling on All Composers

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)

"Tears from My Eyes" Making its Mark

"Tears from My Eyes" Making its Mark

Our new song entitled “Tears from My Eyes” just released makes a different debut. It makes its debut on Sheet Music Plus. I'm so very happy. First, I want to honor and give thanks to Dad and Mom. None of this would have been possible without them.

Love Lost: Finding Your Fire Again Music & Video Out Today 12/31/2018

Love Lost: Finding Your Fire Again Music & Video Out Today 12/31/2018

Some might find it odd to end 2018 on a sad note with a song title beginning with Love Lost. Although Love Lost: Finding Your Fire Again is in a minor key and begins with a very melancholic poignant introduction, its segue to a face paced movement depicts the search for strength in self-belief, in hope, in a tomorrow that holds a promise of meaning and fulfillment. …

The Evolution of an Artist and his Independent Label: A Story in Every Song

The Evolution of an Artist and his Independent Label: A Story in Every Song

The music of Tito Abeleda is created from two vantage points: dance/fitness point of view and/or director/choreographer point of view - a story in every song.   Visionary Quest Records (VQR) continues to evolve and expand its listener base from its first steps with EDM genre music by creating more diverse instrumental music tied to the common denominators of dance, fitness, and/or a story in every song – meaning those who can imagine the stories being told in its songs or those inspired to tell their own stories.   Love Lost: Finding Your Fire Again is that first step of this label's evolution….

Tito Reveals Another Side with Upcoming Neoclassical | New Age EP

Tito Reveals Another Side with Upcoming Neoclassical | New Age EP

On December 31, 2018 Visionary Quest Records releases Tito Abeleda’s latest single - EP length - entitled Love Lost: Finding Your Fire Again. The song keeps to the label’s dance foundation but ballet dancers and/or contemporary dancers may find a particular liking to this neoclassical piece….