Acadia National Park

I spent the better part of the previous week camping in Acadia National Park, up in Maine. It was quite a beautiful place and the nature was very inspirational. I climbed mountains, saw sunrises, and walked across shorelines. I also wrote down a few melodies while I was there, and I hope to develop them soon.

But whether it be the sandy beach, the rocky shores, the lovely harbor or the tall mountains, there’s something there for everyone. It’s a great place to visit to forget about life and enjoy the world around you.

Status Update

Instruments

  • Clarinet: I have not gotten as far through the beginner book as I would have liked, but progress is quite evident. I can play themes such as Shenandoah and Schindler’s List on it, and plan to to move onto Pep Band music as soon as I can get access to it.
  • Flute: A lot of effort has gone into playing the flute, and it seems it was all worth the work. I can play themes from the Lord of the Rings, Gabriel’s Oboe, and more. I plan to learn more high notes and improve my tone in the high registers. I would’ve moved onto Pep Band music quite a while ago if I had access to them!
  • Guitar: For having played the instrument for only about 2 weeks, I’d say I know quite a wide selection of chords. Still trying to get the strings names down, though. I overcame my inability to switch chords quickly after the first week of practice, and since I love to play songs such as Perhaps Love, American Pie and House of the Rising Sun, I think I’ll be playing it more as the month goes on.

Composing

  • I’ve recently started writing a piece for our school Symphony Orchestra, which is turning out quite well. More updates on that later for sure.
  • The choral piece I composed for Jim Papoulis requires its final edits, and after that it should be ready for the school choir director’s perusal. 
  • I do need to write another piece for our band, as I have done every summer. However, inspiration has not struck me yet, and if it doesn’t come to me before school starts, I may just do the heavy revising that is required of the piece I composed last year for the school band.
That’s about it for now. Check back later for more updates!

Perhaps Love

I recently rediscovered this song learning to play guitar (that’s right, yet another new instrument!) and I just had to share it. It is such a beautiful duet, and very well performed. Many who are familiar with this song have heard the version of John Denver singing it with Placido Domingo, and while that version is also fantastic, I prefer the blend of Lene’s and John’s voices.

Upgrade

You may have noticed a few changes to my blog: I like to think of it more as a website now than a blog. Long story short, I emailed a few video game composers asking for advice, and Jack Wall, the composer of the Mass Effect franchise, responded with some words of advice. One of those advice was to have a website where I can showcase my work quickly and easily. So I have made a few pages allowing others to learn more about myself, and to listen to my work. I’m taking many steps to be able to gain my own foothold in the industry, and hopefully someday it will all become worth the effort.