Influences: ENYA, Loreena McKennitt, Alan Parsons, Electric Light Orchestra, Howard Shore, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Thomas Newman, Ella Fitzgerald, John Williams, Sarah Brightman, Andrea Boccelli, Puccini, Mozart, the Beatles, John Lennon, Janis Ian, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, Shirley Bassey, Evanescence, July Collins, Diana Krall, Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Donald OConnor, June Allison, Judy Garland, Rogers & Hammerstein, Gershwin, COLE PORTER, Buckwheat Zydeco, The Blues Brothers, Verdi, Leonardo di Vinci, Simon & Garfunkel, Gordon Lightfoot, Mendelssohn, Grieg, Shubert, ROSSINI, James Newton Howard and a host of others.
Heck I was looking back and I think I did my first FAWM maybe in 2006? Cause I did LOTR theme in 2007...
I usually write on a theme... I've done Lord of the Rings, I've done Camelot, space, 'cats', random phrases from old journals.... Star Trek. In 2016 I did 'Songs of the Milky Way'. In 2017 I did "Monoliths" as a theme.
In 2019 I'm going to work on the score to an imaginary movie. Or scoring some PD films. Yesss, preciouss!
Ha, as usual, my 'theme' changes in the wink of an eye and I find myself writing fantasy music... but it is, in some way, connected to a story, I think. It's an exploration of one, perhaps.
The key here, by way of explanation: I've been studying orchestration. Yes. I've been writing songs since I was knee high to a mushroom cap, and composing instrumentals since I first felt awe looking up at the moon while the warm ocean breeze - with just a touch of salty sand - caressed my face. I've been in love with music all my life, musicals, Broadway, opera... film scores and trailer music. So I decided to study cinematic composing with a great deal of doubt and a bit of a struggle. This FAWM, with some trepidation, I share my first compositions now I am 1/2 way through a couple of courses.
((Oh yeah, some folks might know me as "Hummingbird" *grins*))
My favourite thing about FAWM, 50-90, NaNoWriMo, GYAWS, etc., is the sense of community and the inspiring nature of the challenges. I try not to hate those who write 100 songs in 20 days or complete the challenge by day 3; and I try to appreciate my own feeble efforts to make at least the required number. But above all, it's the participation and the fact that you wrote something you wouldn't have written without that compulsion to rise to the challenge... for that I am really grateful 😁
Hey Viikki! Thanks a lot for the comment on Undertow! Glad to hear you liked the track. I'm so much more home with alt-rock and such but it's fun to break the regular stuff and experiment as well.
Oh goodness, that's both apocalyptic and flattering!
Thankyou for your lovely comments Vikki 😀
Aww. Thank you Vikki! I can ask for no better compliment than a 2am head-pop! 😀
Hi Vikki! We're both slow this year...thanks for the comment on "You've stolen your story". You're right, it's easily political, though I didn't think that when I wrote it. Despite having returned to writing snide and stinging aphorisms in the national newspaper attacking just about everything...Subconscious?
Hey lookit us, Vikki! Both still here! So glad I stalked you way back then! (for benefit of other horrified readers, I'd better mention it was so long ago that stalking was okay!) 😁
I've still got you on my watch list, Vikki !! I'm keen to hear what you create this year ! Have a great FAWM.