"Breathe Deeply My Son" on YouTube

Some years ago I had the honor to provide music for a documentary about Henry Wermuth. He survived multiple concentration camps, and...

"Polititroppene" on YouTube

The documentary "Polititroppene", which uses several of my Scandinavian folk pieces as underscore, is now available on youTube. It is a...

Talent vs Hard Work

A 10-year old girl asked me yesterday if I was better than everyone else in my class at music when I was her age. I answered honestly and...

Overnight Success

I have a friend who recently was offered a really cool job on a TV show. Someone told him “Wow, you are one of those overnight success...

Never Stop Learning

Mozart once said “It is a mistake to think that the practice of my art has become easy to me. I assure you, dear friend, no one has given...

Some Things I learned Last Year

My friend Panos Kolias recently shared some things on FB that he learned last year and asked if I would do the same. Being someone who...

"When I Win an Oscar..."

When I first got started scoring films I sent an email to one of my mentors ending with, “When I hold my thank you speech at the Oscars,...

Why Aren't You Getting the Gigs?

Have you ever heard a piece of music used in a TV show or film score and thought "I am as good as that composer! Why didn't they hire me?...

Don't Burn Bridges

Some years ago I sent a friend request to a producer via FB. I also sent a message introducing myself. I told him I was a composer who...

Keys to a Successful Collaboration

Some days ago Nathan and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. It made me ponder what has made our marriage strong and happy. Some of the...

Finding Hope

Some years ago a counselor told me he believed I had “Chronic Depression”. I refused to get help, because I did not believe that there...

Learning to Listen

A while back I contacted a young composer, who has amazing talent, and asked if we could meet. I did not say much beside that I was a...