©  Lydia Ashton

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It has always been a dream of mine to have my music played during the coverage of the Olympic Games. This year that came true. One of my fanfares was used by NBC in two different promos leading from commercial break back into their coverage from the arena during the Op...

I am so very honored to be this year’s recipient of the John Braheny Award. 

John Braheny was not only excellent at the craft of songwriting, but generously gave into the lives of other people. He was a top consultant for songwriters, performers and industry entrepreneu...

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 told her that I believe I was pretty average. The reason I am working with music today is that I didn't quit. I loved music too muc...

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 people!” and he answered “Yes, if you count 17 years of making documentaries, networking, working behind the scenes on countless film...

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 so much care to the study of composition as I. There is scarcely a famous master in music whose works I have not frequently and dil...

I am honored to be featured on the Composer Catalog web site. A link to the interview is posted below.

If you are a composer and are looking for a way to organize your music in one place (a place where you keep track of everything from key signatures, titles, libraries...

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 loves to make lists this is right up my alley. ;) Below are some of the things I learned last year...

* It’s OK to say No. You don’t ha...

Many of you already know of the beautiful art made by Ryan Bliss. (Digital Blasphemy) He recently had a contest asking people to recreate one of his works in any medium. So, I chose music. 

I wrote “Finding Eternity” as my interpretation of “At World’s Edge, Winter” whi...

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? Why am I not getting these gigs?"

I remember when I first ventured into film scoring and I watched a short film on YouTube. I listen...

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 had watched some of his short films, that I thought they were wonderful, and that I hoped to have the opportunity to work with him som...

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 things I thought of were trust, respect, honest and open communication, a mutual wish to see the other person succeed, and willingn...

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 fellow composer. I had heard some of the compositions on his web site and wanted to help him along in his career if I could. Why? Once...

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