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March 22, 2010

When I compose, I sometimes like to bounce ideas off of my wife, Maria.  It has its risks, though.  An idea that I have in my head may provoke a completely different reaction from her than what I envision.  But one of the nice things about being married for almost 20 years is that I no longer need to tell her if I disagree with her.  She can read that look in my face … the one that (unintentionally) says, “OK, I hear what you’re saying, but I disagree, and this conversation is no longer helping me.”  And she politely backs off from her point and lets me take what ideas I did like from her.

I find it well worth bouncing ideas off of her, because sometimes, as a composer, I need a fresh perspective to throw in some new directions.

So, today I took a risk, and I learned what it was like to get fresh perspective from a high school band. (more…)