So! The Kickstarter campaign came to a close last week. Again, a huge thank you to everyone who helped by donating, sharing the link with their friends, or even just watching our video. We really want people to see this show because we’re already super proud of it, so hopefully you can catch it on DVD if you can’t make it to Fairfield June 9th or 10th.
In case you didn’t hear or haven’t checked it out, head on over to www.PersephoneARockBallet.com for the video link and a synopsis of our show!
Songwriting for the show is still going strong, and choreography, and rehearsal. Couple days ago I took some pictures of my studio to share with people online. If you want to check them out, click the image or here. And yes I’d love a decent camera :)
Dear friends and everyone else, if you’ve considered pledging to our Kickstarter campaign to help us put on Persephone: A Rock Ballet, now’s the time! Only 3 days until the fundraising period closes. We have met our goal of $2200, for which we are extremely excited and grateful. However, we set our Kickstarter goal lower than we actually need, since we were operating on such short notice. We wanted to make it easier to guarantee a certain amount, since with Kickstarter, if you don’t meet your goal you get nothing (besides exposure). If you read the project description (the text below the video), you can see exactly where the money is budgeted for everything over $2200.
In any case, I am excited, honored and amazed to be putting on this production. The music I’ve had the opportunity to write has amazed even me, if I may say so. It’s a really great exercise to write songs in a context that’s already so well defined, like a Greek myth. When you write songs about your own life, identifying a context to write about can be a challenge, at least for me. With this myth, the context is very plainly laid out, and I can put a lot of energy into a song that expresses the tension and urgency of the situation. In that regard I consider it some of my best songwriting. And as you probably know, in Persephone the music is performed live behind all the dance. I’m very excited to put on this show!
The above links point to our Kickstarter page, but I’ve set up a website that’s got an easy to remember URL, PersephoneARockBallet.com, where you can read a synopsis of the plot that I wrote. Here you can see our interpretation of the myth and look at what twists we’ve put on things, and get a sense for the message in our story.
Enjoy! Share! Be merry! Or pissed off, whatever you want!
I’ve decided to actively seek out scoring and composition jobs, instead of just dreaming of one day getting paid to write music and hoping they’ll come to me (it doesn’t work as well as you might think). Mainly, it finally clicked in my brain that I could actually seek them, and potentially make a living through active freelance musicianship. A catalyst for this decision was being hired to score The Vindication of Ronald Clay. This commission, a part time job, and some prospects, have allowed me to “graduate” from my position as audio tech at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center. It finally clicked and makes sense to me, in a practical day-to-day way, how I can go about living the life I want to live and pursuing my dream career. Well, David, you may ask, how’s that? Well I realized that a job writing music is… tada! A job. How do you get a job? You go looking and making friends and applying, building experience and reputation. So as part of going and making this type of connection, I slapped a résumé right on this site. It may need some tweaking but feel free to check it out. If you need original music for something, let me know. Wish me luck!
It is with great pride and excitement that I share with you our Kickstarter project for Persephone – A Rock Ballet. The show goes up June 9th and 10th here in Fairfield at the Sondheim Center. You can hear some of the original music in the show by checking out the video at the link below! Enjoy and share with your friends!
We are getting ready to launch our Kickstarter campaign for the Rock Ballet! We are incredibly excited (but not unhealthily so) and proud. We’re just waiting for a couple submission processes to complete, and then we will launch! I’m guessing by the end of the week it will be up. I really hope so, because we haven’t given ourselves a lot of time for the campaign to run. Fortunately we don’t need a million dollars. More info soon!