Create Each Week: 5

Sleep training went way the hell better than expected. So much so that it’s the parents that need to adjust to the sleep schedule. Anyway, getting some time to write in the evenings. Wrote a little bit more on a song for my musical adaptation of A Confederacy of Dunces. The song is from the perspective of Mrs. Reilly thinking about her son. One of the challenges with adapting something is that you need to make the justifications for the character that may not be in the source material. Ignatius is such an an awful human being, he's the opposite of Paddington, who like Ignatius does not have a character arc, but makes those around him make the hero's journey. Paddington inspires change in those around him through optimism and support. Ignatius prevents change in those around him through his negativity and criticism.

Mrs Reilly putting up with Ignatius' bullshit is the flaw she overcomes in the very end once she's damn hear lost everything. So I want some foreshadowing towards the beginning, but also justify why she allows him to treat her the way he does. I decided to do a song about the son she hoped he'd be. I’s fun to take these feelings of being a new parent and give the audience that experience. See the innocent baby that Ignatius was, wonder about what he'll grow up to be. And now that he's the monster of the man he is, do we want her to realize she went wrong somewhere? Even realize that something's wrong with him?

So, this week I created some concepts and ideas for a song in a musical adaptation, and a few phrases that stuck out, like "Spent years praying that they'll be what you want them to be instead of spending time to be there for them". I'll need to find the chorus/theme that hits the emotions I want to convey, and from there we can start writing lyrics & music! 


Create Each Week: 4

So I’ve been toying around with a ton of ideas for DJing, making remixes, sampling, etc. Lot of stupid ideas, lot of fun ideas but way out of my skill range (as of now).

Anyway, I wanted to get into what it would take to do this. My friend Kaye the Beast has a track from his album SALT that I thought could fit in with “She Drives Me Crazy” from Fine Young Cannibals, so I threw this together in 15min:

Not terrible, right??? Granted, I did this in Final Cut Pro X (a video editing program) instead of something where I can better equalize the audio mix, but still it works.

I also started slowing creating playlists for me to eventually start mixing together to make some DJ sets. I probably won’t actually get into the mixing part until I get a controller (spoiler alert: won’t happen until we move later this year), but at the very least I can get familiar with controller software like Digital DJ or Serato.

Create Each Week: 3

Oh man, we're getting ready to start a sleep plan for our baby, which means "I plan on not sleeping while my child screams every 45min in her crib". Anyway, I made some dumb tweets week:

 Watched Aladdin an couldn't help but think:

Dad joke #1:

 Dad joke #2:


Create Each Week: 1

Ok, so I set my goal of creating something each week mid-week, so not much to report on.

* I watched a video about Machine Learning (ML) in 3D animation. There's a particular part where he describes ML spitting out a bunch of objects based on some parameters, which enables him to pick from a set rather than build from scratch. 

I thought this was a pretty clever way to leverage ML as something to seed inspiration and to make the creative process more efficient by reducing how much time/effort is spent on dicking around with ideas and jump right into creation. This gave me a good starting point. 

Google's ML library TensorFlow is pretty cool, but it's still way over my head in terms of building stuff, but their Magenta library is awesome. There is a Generate app they built to spit out random MIDI tracks based on parameters given, so I made a bunch of variations for melody and beats. From there, I just started trying to find ones that I like. There's a few that are just straight tones, some are just the scales. But there's a few that are the seeds of something worth pursuing.

So, this week, I created some FL Studio files with these random clips generated by Magenta and started building up a melodies folder and a beats folder. Hopefully I can make a small library to reference for inspiration or fills.

Create Each Week

I usually make some goal each year instead of resolutions. Some have been lofty, whole others have been somewhat ambitious (only took me 2 years to put out the album). However, it's been a little difficult to perform as much with the arrival of my daughter. But just because I can't go to a bar for 2.5 hours to perform a 3min set on front of 12 people doesn't mean I can't still be creative.

So this year, I want to just set a goal of creating SOMETHING each week. Could be a joke, a couple of chords in FL Studio, a meme, whatever. I find that being a father is already creating these new experiences and feelings that are the perfect seeds for inspiration. I don't want to limit myself to creative outlets that take time away from my family, but I don't want to lose that ability to express myself.

So feel free to see that crazy random shit I make this year. Who knows what I'll create?

Happy New Year

Hey, 2017 has been crazy! I'm so thankful for everyone who came out to a show this year (there's been a lot). I got nominated for a Big Easy award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, and so did my wife! I started a show with some friends called Big Easy Live, which has been a lot of fun. 

Big stuff next year- recording an album, playing Seymour in Little Shop. Who knows what else 2018 will have in store? 

Hope to see you soon next year!