Spring has sprung, flowers and 80+-degree temps are everywhere (at least around LA) and for me spring always means one thing – summer camp is just around the corner!!
Sure this sentiment is generally expressed by the 7-15 age bracket, but this will be my 13th summer working at summer camps as a music specialist or director. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of work for camps during the off-season too, usually starting right around now.
Unleashed – Reality “Listening In” is my bi-weekly blog focusing on the audio quality, mix, and arrangement of up-and-coming acts’ new songs. This week we take a look at the Louisville, KY band Unleashed, and their new single “Reality.” Listen along with my review at https://www.reverbnation.com/unleashedky/song/25301305-reality-v2 The band is fronted by the uber-talented Hunter Borowick, …
Streetlight Cadence – Great Unknown Follow along at https://soundcloud.com/streetlight-cadence/great-unknown-1 Streetlight Cadence is a band with a unique line-up and sound (made up of violin, cello, accordion, guitar/ukulele, and vocals) and unique roots. They grab your attention right away, and their new single “Great Unknown” exemplifies this. I mean, if you want to grab a listener’s …
Featured Track of the Week
A while back I was asked to write a short instrumental piece that sounded like it could be a magical Disney theme. It was supposed to be light and airy, but also emotional and tug at the heart strings a little. Also there was basically no budget!
I tapped into my inner sentimentalist for this one, using piano to create a main hook – mysterious and playful – and then strings to underscore the emotion – fake strings, due to lack of budget, but done in the right way, fake strings can serve their purpose more than fine, especially pizzicato strings.
I brought the mood down in the middle, leading the listener on the more emotional portion of the short journey, and then a reappearance of the main theme, like a pet peering around the corner when you thought it was lost!
And where was this piece used, you might ask? Nowhere! They didn’t end up making their short film! So… here it is. Know someone who has a project it might be perfect for? Send em my way!
Happy weekend to you all!