To Blog or not to Blog, that is the question


When I was an Emerging Composer in my late 20's and early 30's, I used to make regular blog posts about contemporary classical music topics.  As a young man, I was brash and eager to challenge and condemn both the musical establishment and what I perceived was the ivory tower of academia and its over intellectualization of Western Music.   Now, as a mid-career composer in my early 40's, my perspective and opinions have greatly mellowed.   Time, experience and insight have a way of changing an artist - sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse.   I have no academic post and do not desire one as I am convinced it would hamper my creative output.  I now also know that we as artists need to support one another, rather than worrying about who is the best and who is the worst, who is the first and who is the last.

It is natural for the young composer or musician to be competitive and sometimes even to criticize/put down others, believing that this may get them ahead somehow.  As a mid-career composer, I no longer have anything to prove to anyone including me.   I am not threatened by the successes of others, or those younger composers following in my footsteps.  Unlike the man I was in my 20's, I now feel an obligation to be encouraging and to help any aspiring composer who would seek my experience or guidance.   Getting older can indeed be a good thing.   And so, the answer to the original question is to Blog once more.