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Archive for April, 2009

Believe (Suicide Intervention)

I’ve just added “Believe” to my playlist.

The topic of this song is suicide–more specifically, a plea to someone who is contemplating suicide.

My co-writer on “Believe” is Jorgen Hansen, who lives in Denmark and works as a school counsellor.  Jorgen first approached me with his original version over a year ago.  Since then, we’ve done several major rewrites.  Last week a demo singer re-recorded the vocals (revised lyrics, and partially revised melody), and our friend Juan Albarran in Nashville mixed it for us with his drum tracks.  The rest of the backup tracks were created by Gary Earl, also of Nashville (, who also did the original mastering.

If you know of anyone struggling with depression or suicidal tendences–particularly teens–please share this song with them. I know how overwhelming depression can be…and how tempting it can be to consider suicide as an “out”.  If this song can help even one person, I will consider the effort well worth it.

To access online suicide prevention sites, go to Google (or other search program) and search “suicide prevention”.  In the meantime, here’s a Web page specifically addressing teen suicide:

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I’ve Finished my Certificate Program!

I’m finally coming up for air, having successfully completed my Introduction to Game Audio course–which was the third and final course required for my ”Orchestrating & Producing Music for Film & Games (Specialist)” certificate from Berklee Music.  This course was definitely the most difficult for me–and most labour-intensive.  My instructor was really great, though, and always willing to assist.

I’m going to postpone my next Berklee course until January.  In the meantime, I have several other music projects I want to work on, a grandbaby to look forward to (and sew for), several stained glass projects to complete…and plans to play plenty of golf!

For right now, I’m basking in the glow of having accomplished what I set out to do, and savouring a hard-won victory.

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