As before, I’m going to keep posting these as publicly available, but if you want them delivered to your inbox, please consider signing up as a patron. Or telling someone who might like to. And as always, thank you for checking them out!
A quick update on art stuff…I’ve posted a couple more 5-minute stories over the last couple weeks to Patreon. If you are interested in checking these out, there are at the links below. Each is complete with music, art, and writing:
I’m going to keep posting these as publicly available, but if you want them delivered to your inbox, please consider signing up as a patron. Or telling someone who might like to. And as always, thank you for checking them out!
Sharing stories from the first couple of weeks of working on what it means to have a Patreon page. You are all on this journey with me so, for the time being, everything is free. Please enjoy these first six “5-Minute Stories”. Each is complete with music, art, writing, and a music score to follow along with if that’s your jam.
I’ve set up a Patreon account for publishing semi-daily content! If you are interested, please head on over. Your generous support will go directly towards helping with:
contributing to the budget for hiring other talented individuals (musicians, visual artists, writers, directors, etc) for collaborations
assisting with the less glamorous expenses like purchasing reeds, art supplies, online hosting, and the like
mentally saying “art is worth the effort”; a feeling for which I am eternally grateful
There are three levels, but all of them will get access to the art I post. The first one’s for free, as they say…
April 4th Post:
In my attempt to be a better all around storyteller, I have a daily goal to create several small 5-min pieces of art a day that both support each other to build a narrative and/or can stand on their own. For instance, I keep a “melody journal” where I compose something simple most days. A 16-bar melody or a groove with chords or, maybe, a longer piece if it’s the weekend and I have time. I also try to sketch or watercolor. And write a little bit. And maybe take a photo or two…all to keep me moving the ball forward instead of waiting for an hour or two to show up before I decide to practice creating things. Bite-sized art, if you will.
I’d like to make my Patreon a place to post these tiny morsels for your enjoyment. Maybe something bigger will come out of them. Will anyone know? The answer to that is yes! You will! Because you’ll see it here first. 😉
Anyway, I will work to post these at the end of each day and maybe they’ll be entertaining for you at the start of your following morning. Some days I just won’t be able to do it, but most days I will. Thank you for being here!
For today’s outing I started down a bright shiny Bob Ross path but, as the night got long, it sort of turned into a look at human failure. Or at least what could be if we don’t fight for something better. If you are seeing this first thing in the morning, my apologies. All I can say is that these won’t all be as sobering as this one.
“Morning Dew” (View AUDIO | SCORE | PDF Image and Story) Composition: 1-min piece on electric piano (MIDI plus PDF Score) Art: watercolor and digital media Writing: microstory on the plight of mankind and the persistence of nature
My solo album, Error Cancellation, is available for purchase! Please head on over to my Bandcamppage to check it out!
And, in addition to the album, I wrote a treatise of sorts on what the whole project means to me. If you have the time and desire, it’s herefor your reading pleasure. A copy of it also comes with the album when you purchase it.
A huge thank you to my family for the love and support and patience with which you showed me during the recording of this project. To Kelly Wright and Sharon Lanza for their help on the supplemental essay attached to this album. And to that wizard of sound, Nick Broste, for not only his mastering skills but also his input and guidance on what to do when producing your first solo album. Thank you.