Yesterday had a lot going on as I wrote here previously. I was able to complete the song I was asked to write for a movie. It’s been sent along to the music supervisor who is sending it along to the producers. Now comes the hardest part, waiting. Of course I won’t have to wait long. If I don’t hear about it by monday, I’ll know it’s going to become a catalog song for another time.
Upon completion of the song, I had to brave the roads of Los Angeles in the rain. Anyone who’s been to Los Angeles during the winter knows that rain immediately means more traffic. Why did I do that? Well, to attend the Grammy Town Hall meeting. NARAS has been backing legislation to help get performers paid for their talents on recordings that get broadcast. Currently in America, only the songwriter gets paid. Unlike the rest of the world where broadcast media pays the writers and the performers. It’s a major travesty.
I decided to hop the metro from Universal to take it to the Staples center, a great way to avoid traffic. I got there right on time. It was a cool event. I ran into several people that I know and got to hear a panel of people that had some great things to say. One of them was the person who started the bill HR 848, John Conyers. He had some very good points to make and it was great to be a part of a function where artists got to pose questions to law makers. I strongly urge you to call your representative and have them back the bill for the sake of musicians.
I hopped the train back and stopped for a bite to eat with my friend Sue. She’s been one of my sounding boards for things in the past month. Last night I became a sounding board for her. Turns out she wanted to make sure someone she’s dating wasn’t getting the wrong message and being put off by something she told them yesterday. It all comes around. She’s been pretty good at helping me keep my sanity lately. Now I’ve helped her keep hers.
Today the music continues. I’ll be holed up for the next two days working on cues for a meeting that I have on tuesday.
While I’m inside creating I’ll leave you with a tune that is perfect for an overcast day. Red Rain is one of those tunes by Peter Gabriel where it so perfectly sets up the mood he is singing about. Right now I’m sure there are a lot of people who could use the cleansing of a red rain. I know I could. I really dig the groove going on in the song. That’s one thing Peter does very well. Gets a groove that can flow freely without being overbearing. He paints a sonic scape that details lots of little elements in a song. They all come together and pull out something from deep within the person listening.
If you haven’t explored his catalog, it’s time you should.