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.

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Twitter Wisdom

I am following some really interesting people on twitter.

Backpackers, digital nomads, businesses owners, celebrities, dogs, and of course my own friends and acquaintances.  Twitter is probably one of my top sources for information now – and yes, some of that “information” is a picture of @MissAmyChilds in a dress or @Bentleythegrey taking a nap.  But a lot of it is not only informative, but also educational and beneficial to my life:

@AlexIkonn posted this article by Tim Ferriss called Reinventing the Office: How to Lose Weight and Increase Productivity At Work

And I learned from it that even if I start exercising regularly (as I have been for the last 3 days) the fact that I still sit for more than 6 hours daily makes me more likely to have heart disease than someone who sits less than 3 hours a day and gets no exercise.  Great.  A little tempted to freak out.

But I also read this article and this article and have since concluded that I shouldn’t be worried.  I move around quite a bit during the day, even though I am usually sitting.  And, I rarely sit for 6 hours in a row without getting up, which seems to be their main area for concern.

So it seems the idea here is two-fold: 1) be aware of how much time you spend sitting, and 2) balance is key.  Even though they say that exercise alone is not the antidote for sitting, the point is to sit and move intermittently, and that will at least help you more than a solid 6 hours of sitting followed by a solid hour at the gym.

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Another thing that caught my eye in that article was these shoes, which I started to check out but haven’t done enough research to form an opinion on them yet.

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My friend Olivia shared this, Is Independence the Key to Happiness?

One line stood out: “Everyone has a unique definition of themselves, so it makes sense that every person needs to follow her own path to a full life.”

Even though I’m still learning and most definitely don’t have everything figured out, I often find myself judging other people’s lives and assuming I know what’s best for them.  Sometimes I act on this and give my two cents, but other times I just silently wish that they’d find a different (ie better) path.

But who am I to judge that?  “Everyone has a unique definition of themselves” – meaning a different definition than the one I have for them.  Who’s definition is more likely to be right?

“So it makes sense that every person needs to follow [their] own path to a full life.”  I know that if I spent my life doing what other people wanted instead of what I wanted, I would not be happy.  (Remind me to tell you sometime about my experience in college.)

Reading that quote has most definitely given me a new perspective and will most definitely make me question the next time I feel high and mighty enough to judge someone else’s life choices.

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And here’s a great quote from @IrishPolyglot:
The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is how high you raise your foot.

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Something not found on twitter:

From the book White Space is Not Your Enemy, I learned that “people read words, not letters” and that typing in all caps makes the words lose their shapes, and thus they aren’t as easily readable.  If you’re typing something in all caps in an attempt to communicate your point more strongly, think again.