Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Waiting For Evolution In The Afternoon

It’s the name for a very short piece of music I once wrote on my little Roland D-20 synthesizer.  It sounded like a sort of melting of major 7ths and 9ths, volleying from the root major to the second degree minor, and it had a little little, childish break into the key of the flat 3rd degree for a few bars, then settled back into the root major and second minor again.  All instrumental, never really went anywhere and ended in just under two minutes. 

Friday, May 10, 2019


She met a man who wanted to move her away from his family, which also served to move her away from her own friends.  The thing is, she became more rigid and controlled over the years, probably from this type of restriction placed on her by her husband.  I last saw her a few years ago, and it made me sad that this once fun, laughing, vibrant woman, who had always been a little shy, had become so self controlled.  It’s just no good.  It’s never worth giving up those you enjoy being with in order to please a man.  I think she may have done it because she had lost both of her parents and a sister, and so there was some sense of helplessness and actually wanting to be dependent on somebody else who could provide for her.  But, to me, it’s just not worth letting yourself be changed that much by someone else’s requirements.  

Saturday, May 4, 2019

The Question That Made A Loud Industry Go Silent

 U.S.C.'s Bovard Auditorum - Photo By Fred Herrman

I recently went to a set of symposiums at my alma matter, U.S.C.  It was presented by the School of Cinematic Arts and was a week in which the school brought in professionals from all parts of the entertainment industry.  As an occasional donor to the school, I am invited to events as they come up.  I thought this week would be interesting for me for a couple of reasons. 

Firstly, I worked in the industry for about twenty years doing both live-action production work in film and television, as well as a lengthy career in animation at both The Walt Disney Studios and at DreamWorks.  I was invited to work on two Pixar feature films, but during that time, both of my parents were declining with Alzheimer and dementia related illnesses, so I felt that I couldn’t be four hundred miles away in the Bay area.  It’s too bad because I would have loved to have worked on some projects for Pixar.