Hello, good morning, and welcome to the Saturday Morning News Post!
In case you missed it in the headline,… the SMNP is one year old everybody! Push aside that bowl of corn flakes, break out the bubbly and let’s celebrate! (Remember, there’s nothing with a little “hair of the dog” in the morning,… as long as no one sees you doing it.)
And what a year it’s been! In only 365 days you’ve seen the SMNP evolve from an amateurish, uninformed blog site to what it is today,… an amateurish, uninformed blog site with a comment section! Boo-yeah!
And so last week I chose to mark the occasion by, em,… not posting anything; “and on the 52nd week, he rested” and all that. Truth is, I was pretty busy last week between playing every night and working on my electroacoustic project during the day.
That’s right, if you saw “A Chorus Line” in Vancouver last week you likely found yourself mesmerized by that sweet sound floating up from the orchestra pit. Perhaps you even asked aloud, moved to tears and hand over heart, “My God, who is that genius playing woodwind 3?” It was none other than yours truly. … you’re welcome.
It was a fun and challenging gig with a great band (mostly from Toronto) and I’m proud to say that after about 7 shows I was nailing my part!…shame there were only 8 performances.
Anyways, taking a week off from writing the SMNP gave me a chance to reflect on what I’ve accomplished (even though I had no real reason to accomplish it) and ponder my direction (or lack thereof). And through all of this, one question remained:
I’m a professional musician who has probably spent twice as much time writing Saturday Morning News Posts as I have writing music!
Umm,…did I mention what I do for a living!?
How is this possible you ask? Well, the reason I’ve done that is because I made a clear commitment to writing (text) and I became accountable (even if only to 9 people) for getting it done. Writing music is far more important to me but as long as no clear dates were committed to it remained on the “sidelines,” so to speak.
And so I have demonstrated, through error, the importance of setting “dates of accomplishment” for the things you want to achieve. Otherwise, you may end up unfulfilled, empty, blogging your precious hours away while your true passion remains neglected and your clarinet sits in the corner of your tiny bedroom collecting dust,… or…,em… something like that.
So what’s to be done? The SMNP has become an unstoppable force which cannot be tempered with sensibility, it must go on.
Don’t worry everyone, I’ve come up with a plan!
Maybe not so much a plan as an idea. And, not so much my idea as someone else’s but here goes,… one word…, all capital letters,… in bold…
That’s right, just let the brilliance and excitement wash over you. You could have James Danderfer coming at ya in stereo!
I’m thinking the first SMNP of every month could be replaced with a podcast featuring 4 new songs I’ve written that month along with witty commentary, of course, by moi! It could be completely my own podcast or I could try to tap into a larger audience (like over 9) by having my music featured on someone else’s established podcast, one that regularly features new clarinet infused-contemporary-electroacoustic indie-rock-jazz. There must be a ton of them out there.
So I put the question to you: Podcast. Good idea? or… not so much?
At the moment, it seems like the only way to push myself to compose more, however, I know very little about how this whole podcast thing works so, as usual, all suggestions are welcome.
I’ve gotta go write some music now but let me end this post by saying thanks to all of you for reading the SMNP during it’s 1st year. It’s been a lot of fun and you make it all worthwhile. Have a great week!