Just be glad to be here

Just be glad to be here

As I usually do while shopping online, I listened to Pandora radio tonight. One of my favorite stations is Buddha Bar, and a song that often plays is called Hayling and it’s by FC Kahuna.

I’ve heard this song many times but tonight the words struck me as more than just words, but actually something of meaning:

Don’t think about all those things you feel

Just be glad to be here

If you’re stressed out right now about money, or about that person who’s under-appreciating you, or about family drama, or your messy house, or whatever else it may be — stop thinking about it for awhile, and just be glad to be here. Be glad to be alive.

Remember what Carl Sagan said and reprioritize those things which are bringing you stress.

Tomorrow is another day. You can think about your stuff then.

Or you can listen to this song again.

By the way, I’m a composer

By the way, I’m a composer

Some of you may know, and probably most of you don’t know, that I write music.

I started tinkering around on piano as a baby (yes, that counts), played flute in 6th-10th grades, did marching band one year, took cello lessons for 3 years, got a guitar and tinkered around from age 16 onward, took 4 drum lessons in college, and decided that performance wasn’t for me.  I’m much more of a behind-the-scenes girl.

I had composed little things here and there on piano as a child, and tediously wrote a few songs out in notation (sheet music) but left the majority to be forgotten.  Then in high school I started messing around in Garage Band (that Mac program), and then my friend Heath introduced me to a fancier and more advanced program called Reason, which is what I’ve been using ever since.

In summary: I compose music via a computer program that uses virtual instruments.  I’ve been doing this for almost 10 years, I’d say.

Why am I telling you this?  Because I have just launched a website for myself that will serve as my online portfolio!  Wahoo!

Here it is!

I thought about becoming a jingle writer (like for commercials), then an opera composer (lawl way too ambitious), and finally settled on film scoring.  Film scoring is awesome because it combines music and moving picture, and I find that I get way more inspired when I have a visual to write to.  I love making the scenes come alive with some dramatic music!

So now this is something that I do as like a side job.  But up until now I hadn’t really marketing myself.  So finally, thanks to my new-found interest in web design, I made myself a real website!  And I thought I’d share it with all my blog friends.  Feel free to check it out and let me know what you think.

I started playing piano again

I watched the 2009 movie “Fame” the other day with two of my friends.  The storyline and acting quality were as expected.  But it was filled with intermittent segments of great talent.  I was especially inspired by the girl who was a classical pianist turned [incredible!] singer.

Watching that movie combined with my increasing awareness of my lack of hobbies and talents as of late – (I used to play music and sports and have actual interests and, dare I say, passions, but the last few years have been sort of blah-zé) – inspired me to play piano again.

So after scouring the internet for over an hour trying to find “that piano song Ephram played in Everwood season 1”, I finally found it.  I was just about to give up when I made a last attempt, making a random guess as to the composer, and searched YouTube for “Everwood Bach” and voila!

Anyway, the song is the Prelude No. 1 in C Major, and I think its really quite pretty.  So I learned it in a day and after many, many attempts (I would estimate between 40-60, lol) at playing it through sans mistakes (what’s with me and French words in this post?) I finally was successful at my recording.

And I thought it would be the perfect thing to share on this blog.  So here you go!