Spirit in the Wind
** Be sure to check out my website for an opportunity to listen to soundbites for every song on the album ** When I listen to music the vibrations that the sounds produce speak to my soul and it's power inspires my mind and energizes my body. It is truly magical. It has the power to uplift the spirit, to open the mind, and evoke emotions. Not a day goes by that I do not thank God for the opportunity to participate in the art of music composition. Discovery and the Learning Process I do not know of many people who can pinpoint the instant that their life dramatically changed direction, but I can. For me, this instant occurred about six years ago. Curiosity has always lead me to explore that which I do not know, or understand, and so it was this inquisitive nature that first lead me to music composition. In the fall of 1995 while browsing through the applications on my family computer I came across a simple program that allows you to place notes on a staff and have the computer play them back. The moment I heard the first notes played backed to me was the instant my life changed. From then on, music composition has been my life. Since that day I've spent countless hours experimenting with similar composition programs. With nine years of violin lessons and three years in the American Boychoir as my only formal training in music, I was forced to learn something new with every new piece I worked through, and with every minute I invested in my music. Today, I continue to learn by spending the majority of my time writing, experimenting and listening to other composers' music and analyzing how they achieve certain effects. So far I have talked about what I have done to get to the point I am at now. What I have accomplished thus far is only one element in the equation. The other part comes from the voice of my inspiration and the support of my listeners. The voice of my inspiration is like the wind. I know not where it comes from nor know where it goes, but when it's blowing there is no missing it. When I get inspired I am writing from beyond myself; I am writing melodies and harmonies that blew in from the distance in the form of inspiration. This is why composing is so exciting for me and never routine. I always surprise myself when I write because I can't predict what I will be inspired to write. In this sense my inspiration and I are a team, making each of my works a collaborative effort. I compose music because I have to. For me, refusing to compose music would be like the desert refusing the rain. Because my music is such a part of who I am, I also I feel the need to share what I have written with the world. The fact that my family, and everyone else who has been willing to listen, have supported me throughout this process makes writing music that much more rewarding. Their support is invaluable to me. Dreams and Goals My dream is to share my music with the world. I share my music with anyone who is interested in listening and in that sense I live my dream daily. It is a totally different and energizing experience to hear my music in the presence of someone who has never heard it before, especially if the effect I was aiming for in it's composition is achieved. My goal is simply to learn what I love. So far I have been learning on my own, that is, not formally. Currently I'm a student at Boston University majoring in computer science. After I graduate I'm planning on attending Berklee College of Music and major in film scoring. Generally, film music is my favorite genre. When I write I like to concentrate on how I want my audience to feel and how I want them to be moved. A symbiotic relationship is formed when music and film are combined. The music makes the scene more powerful and when one listens to the music, and can associate images with the sounds, the music becomes much more powerful to the listener as well. There is an abundance of beautiful music in the world. My dream is just to add to the collective whole and move people with my music the way other peoples' music has moved me.