Where Do You Find Your Inspiration?

As artists, we all go through periods where the creativity just isn’t there. No matter what we do, we just can’t find any inspiration.  It’s not a matter of if, but when, it will happen to you.

So what do you do when you’ve lost the muse?  How do you break through the block?  I’ll let you in on two of my tricks for finding inspiration. Continue reading “Where Do You Find Your Inspiration?”

Beyond The Fog – A Nature Video Exploring Cape Cod Images and Landscapes

I’ve been having a lot of fun recently putting together some music videos.  I used iMovie to sequence together the photos.  With the Ken Burns effect you almost forget that you’re looking at still pictures rather than video.

The ambient music track I put together for this video includes some processed guitar along with two tracks sequenced synths using Thor from Reason. I actually used the random function in the sequencer of Thor to create a type of random music generator. I was going for something similar to the Bloom iPhone app. I think it turned out nice.

The photos were taken by my dad while on vacation in Cape Cod, MA. The music was very inspired by the fog rolling out in the morning. The images have a very light, ethereal quality to them that I wanted to evoke in the music. I’ve always found peaceful landscape photography inspiring so I think I’m going to start producing some more of these videos.

Let me know what you think. I’d love to hear your feedback.

5 Things My Dad Taught Me About Living A Successful Life


Note:  I originally wrote this article intending to post it on a different site.  It wasn’t about music so I didn’t think it belonged on SoundSavant.com.  But after I thought some about it I realized that it made sense to use it here.  I view SoundSavant.com as my personal site.  I should be able to talk about things beyond music every once in  awhile.  In the end, the person I am ends up in the music I make so it all comes full circle anyway.  I hope you enjoy this.

Most of us have a mentor, someone that’s there for us as we grow up and show us what being a successful adult is all about.  Sometimes it’s a teacher or a neighbor but most often it’s a family member.  In my case, it was my dad.  Even though it’s been several years since he passed away, I still reflect almost daily on the life lessons I learned from him.  Possibly the most important thing he taught me is that the key to a successful life can be broken down into 5 simple ideas. Continue reading “5 Things My Dad Taught Me About Living A Successful Life”