I was born in Atlanta, Georgia on a cold and rainy day. Tried the Navy at 17 but they didn't know what to do with me. My school of hard knocks was the open road. I traveled the highways and byways of this great nation for nigh on 15 years. My main work experience was in social service as a manager for both the Salvation Army and the Sioux City Gospel Mission. In the year 2000, I bought music generation software at Staples and began composing music on my computer. At present, I have around 200 works. It's just something I like to do.
Neither the beat nor the melody can be repetitious. Music must keep the ear engaged and interested.
An amalgam of David Lanz, Paul Speer, Vangelis, and Enya is a good place to start.
I would outlaw butterbeans.
The Grandfather Clock.
David Lanz and Paul Speer. Enya. Vangelis. Cusco. The Guess Who. CCR. The Chieftans. Dougie McClean. Neil Diamond. John McClean. The Seekers. John Denver. And many more.
When I hear an imaginative work, my mind begins to do something of the same nature. I see the shape of it, the direction it takes, I see myself transported and lifted up to similar efforts.
No message. It's just music. If someone likes it, I feel justified.
I do not perform.
Initially, I was gladdened to see the whole self-publishing mindset roll in. I thought the little guy would finally get his footing. Unfortunately, the suits in charge scattered their henchmen throughout the new landscape. When everything settled, there were countless trolls each holding his own little bridge for ransom. Now, the little man still has to jump through someone else's hoop. We still have pay out the nose and suffer the inbred prejudices of the old industry diehards. A good place to begin would be to rid ourselves of the trolls and, thus, insure free passage over every bridge.
I am new to Drooble but I like the concept. Open platforms that actually work are hard to find.
The prejudice some sites have against computer music. Paying for a 'pro' upgrade only to find that I am still charged for certain features. Jumping through someone else's fiery hoop -- I was never one to beg for treats.
Sadly, I am too busy with my day job.
Musicians already have all the right qualities. The larger audience is like the greener grass on the other side of the fence. The fence is the problem.
Dom Nelson, Jerry Norman Jr., Ruta Statkeviciute.