Satisfaction from a job well done

Last night I wrapped up my latest music project. It was a for new client that I just started working with a couple of months ago. The project was titled Ultimate Aggression. You can probably guess by the title what the project sounds like. I had an absolute blast working on it. In fact, I'd say as a whole, it's one of the most satisfying projects I've worked on. Not just because I really enjoy writing heavy aggressive music, which I DO, but also because of the reaction I got from the client today when I submitted the last few tracks - "Thanks for the great work here. Fantastic job..." They also said to let them know whenever I'm ready to do another project for them which also made me smile. All in all, a good way to start the day.

It wasn't long after that when I heard from another music library that a composer friend/colleague of mine referred me to. After a quick email exchange I was offered a deal to be a composer for this library and my first gig is writing music for a couple of shows, one on VH1 and the other on A&E. More details to follow in the coming weeks :-)

And to top it all off today I found out that I had some new placements as well. There were a couple more episodes of Dr. Oz, another episode of Abandoned and then two new shows, both of which air on NBC. The first is the TODAY show and the other one is The Voice! Very excited to find out about that one! They used my cue "Tension In The Air" that I highlighted in my last entry. That's the seventh different production that has used that particular cue.

Until next time..

An (Overdue) New Placements Update

To say I'm a little bit behind on posting updates about my most recent placements on here would be a bit of an understatement. I'm also contemplating a slight redesign of my site, nothing major, but a slight change in focus of a couple sections. But in the meantime, I'll go ahead and use this post to get caught up.

So I'll start with the shows that cue sheets showed up for from November of last year until now that I've had previous placements in. Those would be Access Hollywood, All On The Line with Joe Zee, Barter Kings, Dr. Oz, Nate Berkus Show, Fatal Encounters, Style Special, Colbert Report, What Not To Wear, Toddlers and Tiaras, My Big Redneck Vacation, Oprah's Next Chapter, and Super Soul Sunday.

Now for the shows that were new for me that had cue sheets show up in November and December last year... That Metal Show, Abandoned, I Almost Got Away With It, Shannen Says, Texas WomenTotal Blackout, Made, American Colony, Brooklyn 11223, Best of The Oprah Show and Cheer Perfection.

And finally for the new shows that I've learned about so far in 2013... Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, How Booze Built America, El Rostro De La Venganza, and Sand Masters.

Just a couple of notes about some of those shows... The episode of I Almost Got Away With It had the most placements in one single episode I've ever had with 8 placements that totaled over 4 minutes of air time! The Spanish soap opera El Rostro De La Venganza used my track, Tension In The Air (posted below) a total of 11 times over 8 episodes with one use totaling 1:45 long! So far 2013 is off to a good start :-)

2012 Year In Review

I did a little bit of reflecting over the past year and thought I'd do a little wrap up of 2012 so I can start moving forward with 2013! Without a doubt, 2012 was one of the most rewarding years I've ever had, both personally and professionally. From signing deals and building new relationships to growing and strengthening existing relationships to even having to say goodbye to others, last year was a very significant year for me.

The year started off with the premiere of It's A Brad, Brad World on Bravo, my second main title theme. I was happy to find out a few weeks ago that the show got renewed for a second season.

The in March I was able to take some time to attend some Kentucky basketball games during the NCAA March Madness tournament. I had no idea that going to see them play in Louisville was going to completely change my life. See, it was the walk from the parking lot to the arena for the first game in which I finally got to the point concerning my health that I knew I had to make a change.

That change began one month later when I started the RevAbs program. My goal was to lose 100lbs in 6.5 months. By the time I stepped on the flight to head to L.A. in November for the TAXI Road Rally I wanted to be 100lbs lighter. That was my goal.

During the next 6.5 months I put most of my focus and attention on losing weight and getting healthy. And while I did some music during that time, it really did take a back seat in my life. But it was worth it as I was able to reach the goals that I set out to achieve with the weight loss. I'll never forget the moment after I boarded the plane and got in my seat of when I put my seat belt on. For the last 4 years that I attended the Rally, it was always a struggle to get it latched together. Not this time. I remember looking at all the slack that was left in the belt and then I became overwhelmed with emotion and tears began to flow. It was at that moment that I finally felt like my goal had been achieved.

The destination for the flight was the TAXI Road Rally. This was my 5th one and 2nd time as a guest panelist. And of all the Rally's I've been to, this was by far my favorite one. I'm sure it had something to do with the "Barry?!?!?!? Is that really you?!?!?!??" type moments, but I think it had just as much to do with me being able to give back to the community that's been so giving towards me over the past 5 years.

I finished out the rest of the year working on an alt rock project in the style of the Black Keys as well as trying to enjoy the holidays while trying to rest up and get recharged for the new year. If 2013 is anything like 2012 was then it's going to be an incredible year.

Until next time...