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Archive for January, 2012

Over Here (Am I Invisible?)

Here’s a song I wrote for lesson 1 of Songwriting for Film and TV.  I’m sick following an exposure to fragrance so was unable to record the vocal; hence the piano melody.


Over here, can’t you see that I need help?
Over here, I can’t make it by myself.
Lift your head up, look around with open eyes;
Stop your talking long enough to hear my cries.

Time is racing through the glass,
Running out and I can’t last.
Am I invisible?

Over here, ev’ry breath is coming hard.
Over here, veins are full of icy shards.
Ev’ry second finds me sinking farther down;
Someone help me get my feet back on the ground.

Am I invisible… invisible?

This song is dedicated to all those suffering from mental illness.

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Two Songs on CD by DOM

Here’s a shout out to my friend, Dom, in Switzerland.  Dom and I met through and co-wrote a couple of songs.  Those songs are on his first full-length pop-rock album, Insane.

The album can be purchased at Dom’s site:
(Click on “Media” to listen to the tracks, or listen from my player on this page.)

Or you can get it from (through the “buy” link):

The songs I co-wrote are:

* From Nowhere to Nowhere
* Rain

Congratulations on your album, Dom!


Composing Music for Film & TV

I am delighted to report that I successfully completed Composing Music for Film and TV–another course taught by Ben Newhouse at Berklee.  As expected, the course was a great deal of work–and worth every minute and penny spent on it.

Each week we studied a different kind of cue–romantic, action, adventure, and so forth–looking at portions of actual Hollywood scores and examining them from the standpoint of harmony, melody, tempo and rhythm, and orchestration.  Then we were given a cut scene from a commercial movie (Iron Man, Sense & Sensibility, Lady in the Water, etc.)  that called for the type of cue we’d studied that week.  Our assignment was to score and sequence the cue.  As you know from previous posts, this was a real challenge for me–but I did it!

Check the player on the right side of the screen to listen to the cues I wrote and orchestrated.  You can also listen to my 3-minute demo reel from the link in this post.  I’d love to hear what you think of these cues.  (I’ve got two more that need further work; when they are ready, I’ll add them to the player.)

Now…one final class to get my Master Orchestration for Film and TV certificate from Berklee.  I can hardly believe I’m nearly finished!

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