Day 185: Blissing Out at the Cafe (2023 Edition)

For years now, I have loved going to the cafe to write. These days I do my best to time it so I can maximize my positive experience. I aim to go there when I am in a positive, receptive state. When I’m there, I like to sort of “prime the pump” of positivity, you might say, as I listen to inspirational talks on my phone,* write positive statements of what I am appreciating, receive inspiration, and basically, practice put myself into a really good state. That is a primary…

Day 168: Letting It Evolve Naturally

So I have been composing daily since the beginning of June. That’s almost seven months of daily composing. I have written a ton of new music, gotten a lot of experience using Logic Pro, and done more orchestrating than I ever have before. Orchestrating is something I have dreamt of doing for many years, this year was the first time I really sunk my teeth into it. So it’s been a blast. A little while ago I started to realize, “Hmm, maybe I’m ready for more than just being in…

Day 144: My 4-Million View Video

So my Charlie Chaplin video has reached 4 million views. The magical fireworks were from May through July, where I got tens of thousands of views on an average day, and as many as one hundred thousand. The views started to drop in August, and recently they have been a trickle compared to the previous flood. No matter. This has been a great experience. It is an affirmation of “If you build it, they will come.” It might take four years from when you first post, but they will come!…

Day 132: A Perfect Match

Is I type this, I am listening to a playlist on Apple Music of my compositions. I create my compositions on a computer program called Logic. Since the beginning of June, I have created about 120 of them. I take it as a good sign that I love listening to my own music. As I listen, thoughts like these go through my head: “Wow, this is cool… or “this is so beautiful” or “what will the next one sound like?” My mood is appreciative, enthused, curious, happy, peaceful. Easy-going. That…

Day 123: Five Months of Daily Composing

I have just completed five months in a row of daily composing. In that time, I have written over 100 new pieces (!), some of which I have shared here (including this and this). It’s funny: as much as an accomplishment as I know this is, it really felt, well, easy (I wish I could say this about everything else in my life!). As I have written in the past, no matter what my mood, I seem to be able to sit down and write a melody. As I did…

Day 91: Ongoing Furnace of Creativity

I have been composing daily for four months. In that time, there have been many ups and downs in my mood and mindset. Sometimes I felt great, sometimes not so much. Sometimes I felt very clear-headed, sometimes I felt muddled and confused. Despite this daily fluctuations for me personally, each day I have been able to sit down and come up with some new composition idea with relative ease. As I wrote a little while ago, the blogging didn’t always come with the same ease. In fact, many times it’s…

Day 80: Appreciating Open Creative Valves

Writing out my thoughts for these blog posts, I find it’s pretty easy to circumvent “the censor,” as “The Artist’s Way” author Julia Cameron calls the resistant inner critic that tries to block our creative expression. I wrote about this a few years ago: I am able to bring forth my thoughts, my creativity, etc, without censoring myself. I completely trust that my creativity is there. I have total faith in it. Certainly there may be times where my faith has wavered in other regards, but not when it comes…

Day 45: A Transcendent Production of “The Secret Garden”

This is a two-parter pertaining to musicals 🙂 Part #1: A Transcendent Production of “The Secret Garden” For many years now, my wife has shot pictures for “Music Circus,” an annual Summer tradition here in Sacramento where six complete musicals are professionally staged over several months. Due to the Pandemic, Music Circus hadn’t happened since 2019. My wife has loved returning to take pictures after the three year break. For me it’s been great fun to be able to see the productions again. Last weekend I took my mom to…

Day 19: Composing vs. Blogging, or How I Was Made to Make Music!

My daily compositions have been streaming out of me easily and joyfully for over fifty days. So far I have always found it easy to sit down at my computer in front of my keyboard and start a new project . On my computer is an Apple Music playlist of each piece with a date and time on its title (this is a default setting for sharing from Logic onto Apple Music). Today, I scanned the titles and realized that only four of them (in over fifty) were finished after…

Day 18: Pursue Your Own Personal Version of Greatness

I think it’s important to believe that you are capable of great things. I’m not talking about doing what other people think is great. I’m talking about pursuing your own personal version of greatness. What is important to you? What inspires you? What do you care about? Somewhere in your answers to these questions you will find it. For me, greatness is closely linked with personal happiness. Yes, I want to be my BEST in all areas that matter to me. Yet even more, I want to enjoy myself each…