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February 14, 2006

Catching up…soon

Been traveling and haven’t had much internet access…at least, that’s my excuse for not keeping things up to date. A LOT has been going on. I’m about to hop on another plane, so this will be quick until I can flesh each one out:Last week I officially resigned from Juilliard to pursue composing and conducting… continued

February 2, 2006

Imminent Change

I’ve been back in New York the past few weeks sorting things out. The big news: after almost a decade, first as a student, then as an employee, I’m leaving Juilliard! I’m leaving to spend more time composing, conducting, etc. Tuesday, Feb. 7th will be my final full day…pictures from the party that day will… continued

January 7, 2006

Monkey

This week, I discovered sketches for all my old pieces (and I mean ALL). I keep everything, apparently, including old, crappy pop songs I tried to write in ninth grade. Those should be shredded. Anyway, I found some sketches for Monkey. Prompted by a recent thread on the BCM forum, I decided to… continued

January 1, 2006

New Year

It’s currently 74 degrees. This is a beautiful day.Happy New Year to everyone!

December 25, 2005

Christmas Eve Dinner

My brother, Ben (seen in Santa regalia, below), cooked a fantastic dinner this evening.Ben Bryant, December, 2005The meal consisted of chicken breast stuffed with red pepper pesto, mushrooms, tomato, feta, and parmesan, encrusted with bread crumb parmesan mixture. The side dishes were sauteed mushrooms and grilled asparagus, pasta salad, and broccoli salad. It was DELICIOUS…. continued

December 23, 2005

Winchester Model 12

Today we made a trip down to Murfreesboro to exchange gifts with the extended family. Had a pleasant visit and dinner with everyone, and met a new friend, Will, who specializes in building sheltered homes that handle most of their heating and cooling from ground heat and water – I find this fascinating – I… continued

December 22, 2005

Saxomaphone

In a former life, I played Alto Sax. My past came back to haunt me as my old high school friend, Kathy, and her husband, Eddie, roped me into playing 30 minutes of Christmas Carol intermission music between showings of a play at a local church. With great trepidation, I agreed, and dug out my… continued

December 20, 2005

Interview

Just wrapped up my portion of the interview for AETN’s “Men and Women of Distinction” series, in which they’re doing a segment on my mentor and old teacher, Francis McBeth. The series features Chuck Dovish as the producer/host, which should air sometime in June, 2006. It was an interesting experience being interviewed – only… continued

December 20, 2005

Francis McBeth documentary interview

Chuck Dovish, local television and radio legend, is coming out to the house to interview me for a documentary on Francis McBeth. I don’t know more than that – will fill in details this evening…Most important question: what should I wear?!?

December 19, 2005

Midwest 2005 Recap

I’m home and recovering from my ninth Midwest (and the fifth year in a row BCM has had a booth). Had a great time, as always. On Wednesday, I ran into my old mentor and first composition teacher, Francis McBeth, at the Southern Music booth:Always great to see he and his wife Mary – they’re… continued

December 13, 2005

Midwest Clinic, 2005

This morning I head to Chicago for the annual band and orchestra bacchanale / geekfest known as The Midwest Clinic. This is the fifth year for the BCM booth (#325 – come see us!), and we’re going to mix it up a little bit this time with some spiffy new iPods in addition to… continued