Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Change

Here's a new video teaser that I've created for my musical work-in-progress, Change. I've redone the audio with my new music equipment. Still learning the ropes, but I'll get there... wherever there is, heheh. Hope you enjoy, and stay tuned for more updates, k???

Photo blog: Snapshots of the past few days

So a lot has been going on in the news lately about the missing plane from KL to Beijing. I find it funny that someone who obviously has the decency and compassion to urge people to 'pray for MH370' would do it by spraying graffiti on the back wall of a nearby kindergarten. Oy vey.
Went to work at the magazine in KL last Friday and it was cr-haaazy! (In case you missed that, that was a play on words, mixing 'crazy' with 'hazy'. Wow. It sure loses something when you have to explain it.) Here's the Twin Towers, befogged.
And a general view of KL city, besmokey-fied.
Here's me and my sexay face mask. Cough. Wheeze.
The other day (I forget which specific day) I took my doggy Ashley for a walk and it poured. This was me afterwards. (And to the observant ones: yes, this was BEFORE I got my haircut, arf)
Speaking of my doggy Ashley (and arfs)... HERE SHE IS!!! Isn't she a cutie?!?!? Love!!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

TRS, PLB

Here's a pic of me and the orchestra for The Rising Son, a musical I'm assistant-musical-directing and rehearsal-pianisting (yes, that's a verb) for, this coming Easter. That's Paul Baker conducting, he's the composer, lyricist, arranger and scriptwriter.


I said this on Facebook after the rehearsal on Sunday that it was the first time it occurred to me that my musical involvements now are a career choice and not just a side thing that's "not my full-time job". It's interesting, having to shift my mindset to acknowledge any and all of my musical endeavours, whether they're my own creations or not, as work. The good news is, over time I'm confident this acceptance of my new paradigm will intensify; I've got stuff lined up around the corner that's going to demonstrate this (he said, cautiously optimistic about the prospects). Heh.

Also, here are a couple of pics from the previous Saturday's performance of Peace Land Bread, in which I had a couple of songs featured. Thanks to Tim Howe for the pics, pilfered off Facebook:



That's it for now, folks. Stay tuned for more updates!

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Long Walks and Bank Statements

Whew! Good lord, has today been a long, exhausting day. It started at about 7.45am when I got up and got ready to hop onto the train into the city for my first day sub-editing for a magazine company. Yup, ol' Nick's gone and got himself a part-time job (as previously mentioned below), and so far so good, despite the commute! And really, the commute itself wasn't altogether that bad, so I think (hope) I had a good first day, and that I did a well enough job. Another half-day shift on Friday for a second mag in the same company. Woot woot. Meanwhile, since the day's work ended at 5:30pm, I opted to avoid the crowds on the train back home and waited it out at KLCC. Later on I hopped on the train, got back to Kelana Jaya station, and made the big ambitious decision to walk back to Uptown, which took about 35 minutes with a laptop on my back. Note to self: let's not do that again. Not with a laptop, at least. It's not exactly crime-free in PJ!

In other news, I'm really, really running low on funds, so I'm hoping that some monies owed to me for various projects will start coming in soon. I was going to replicate a status update I'd posted on FB earlier but I thought it would be funnier if I just put a screen grab below. Check it out. And I'l be fine, folks. Don't cry for me, Sergeant Tina.

Click on the image for full view, of course. I love the first comment, don't you?

Peace Land Bread-ed!

On Saturday, I headed into Ampang to the International School of Kuala Lumpur, where my mate Tim is the theatre manager and was the director of a play that was being performed. It was a propaganda-themed show called Peace Land Bread, performed by some very noteworthy students.

A funny thing happened after the show... it ran for about an hour long, and then there were the curtain calls and the bows and all that; and I proceeded to leave the theatre. It was only later that I scrutinised the ticket and saw that there was seemingly another title next to the words 'Peace Land Bread'. So I thought for sure that I had left during what was actually intermission, thinking that the entire performance was over for the night!! Later on I told Tim about it and apologised for leaving early... and he told me nope, that was really all there was. Which made me wonder, then, why there'd been seemingly two titles on the ticket. Hmm. I guess that story isn't so much "funny" as it was "befuddling". Oh well.

This was how the ticket was presented, which made me think it was a double bill. Hmm.
All in all, it was an entertaining production... and the best part (for me, haha!) is that it featured a couple of my songs! I've shared the Anthem in an older blog post previously, and when Tim sends me the track I'll put up the other song with the female students' vocals. In the meantime, here are the poster of the show, my name in the programme, and a segment of sheet music by yours truly that Tim has used has his Facebook page image! Yay!!




Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Of Mac Minis and Music Making

Hey all! So right now I'm typing on my new Mac Mini, which I went and purchased yesterday despite the fact that I'm currently really broke, ROFL. Before you think I'm off my rocker (any more than usual, anyway), let me explain: Following some consultations with an audio-engineer mate of mine, he recommended I get a Mac Mini so as to be able to kickstart a more professional composing business and produce higher-quality work. The dilemma has been chicken-and-egg: I'd like to make more money so that I can produce higher-quality compositions. But in order to make money, short of going back to journalism (which is something I'm trying very hard to avoid), I'd have to take on more composing commissions. However, not many people are going to commission me to write stuff if I'm not producing higher-quality stuff. So you see how it goes? Oy.

So yeah, I decided to invest in one, and downloaded Logic Pro X yesterday upon my mate's recommendation. Now to see how much I can learn in a short time, and how quickly! Here's a pic of the Mac Mini. Isn't it a cutie? Arf. The monitor on my desk is an older one I already had (procured from Little Jo), so at least I got to save some money there.

Amid the clutter is the mini Mac. Oy that screen is bright.
I'm also glad to report that my financial situation is getting a minor boost, as today I've signed a contract with the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre to be their on-call composer for a new programme of children's theatre shows they're kickstarting this year. Yes, it's true!! Turns out they've been wanting to do children's musicals for a while, and with me having some free time on my hands, the powers that be at KLPAC very graciously offered me a role: to write the songs for two to three shows a year, and I've been granted a retainer (i.e. money every month!) to keep motivated and active in doing this. Yippee!! It's another step towards my goal of letting my music be a bigger part of my career, rather than it constantly being shoved to the sidelines in favour of editorial work. This year onwards, I'm striving to make it the other way around. Fingers crossed these will lead me to bigger things.

In the meantime, I'm going to work on some music for a play that's being performed in Perth next month; and then there will be Children's Theatre with Jenny in Perth as usual every year, for which I'm hoping to go for a longer period this time around... possibly up to three weeks. We'll see. And oh, tomorrow I'm also starting a 1.5-day part-time job at a magazine in KL (see what I mean about editorial work being second to music?). Tomorrow's a full shift of about eight hours; then there's four hours on Friday. I'm giving it a go to see if I like it. There's a bit of a commute back and forth (it's near KLCC), so we shall see if it all works out beneficially in the long run.

Okay, folks! Stay tuned for more updates! Bye for now!

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Of Job Hunts and Bedrooms

Hey all. Sorry for the lack of updates. As my money has been dwindling to virtually nothing, I've been on a job hunt. And I actually do have more to tell about this, but I'll keep it hush-hush for now until things are confirmed... so stay tuned for more updates!

 In the meantime, today I decided to give my bedroom a feng shui makeover, arf arf. After four years of being propped up against the wall, my bed is now the centre of attention. Wow, I lead an exciting life. Here are pics. Notice the common doggy denominator.

 Before:

After:

More updates soon, I promise!