Casual Drums

I’ve been drumming since I was a young teen. Having spent my childhood begging my parents to let me learn the drums instead of taking piano lessons, I finally had the opportunity to learn drumming in high school and even got to experience the thrill of playing in a band.  As an adult, I discovered that drumming (along with piano playing, thanks dad!) is an essential rejuvenation for me, so I make sure I take time during the week to immerse myself in music and rhythm.  Typically I can be found at my electronic drum set, wearing headphones so as not to disturb the neighbors, but now and then it’s fun to entertain friends and family with a few (gentler) acoustic rhythms.  In the video below you’ll see my little drum-loving daughter, Cara.

Composing and Editing

Editing for me is like composing to a prewritten melody. As a musician, I have had much opportunity to compare composition in music to editing for picture. As a composer, I must express what is in the music as meaningfully as I can. As an editor, I express the story as meaningfully as I can. This is the art and the craft, the most important aspect, which every editor strives to achieve. This is a striving that is worth achieving in and of itself.

The beauty of this striving can only be seen in true art, and as it is achieved, so it is appreciated. This is the uniqueness of the motion picture. That it is so widely appreciated, so widely accepted, so difficult to master, so easy to begin, and so beautiful that it moves more people to laughter, tears, and many other emotions, to realizations, and changes in thinking, than any other art form, save for the written word, has done consistently. And not even the written word can compare with the visceral impact of the mix of audio, video, and masterful storytelling.