25 TUNES OF XMAS 2017
For the fourth year in a row, I'm composing a new piece of music every day for the first 25 days of December and recording a rough demo to post here - kind of like a new music advent calendar. This creative challenge is not only to write new music, but to push myself to expand the styles & range of music I create. Enjoy!
DECEMBER 25 - MONKEY LULLABY
7 days overdue and waiting for our little monkey to make his entrance!
DECEMBER 24 - WHAT I SAY
Hanging a picture of a world map inspired this little melody.
DECEMBER 23 - NO ONE TO BLAME
Another starting point to a song.
DECEMBER 22 - WHAT I NEED MORE
The starting point of a little song.
DECEMBER 21 - LONELY SANTA
Going to a Xmas market with a Santa sitting all by himself inspired this little melody.
DECEMBER 20 - LIFE IN GRAFFITI
Inspired by some art / graffiti not far from my house.
DECEMBER 19 - THE VICTORY
Just a little idea that grew from nothing.
DECEMBER 18 - THE DUE DATE
Just as the title suggests.
DECEMBER 17 - THE TICKLE TRUNK
A little melody that came to me while working on a little project.
DECEMBER 16 - DEBBIE'S 50TH
We tried to go bowling. It was Debbie's 50th Bday party and the bowling alley was full. This is for Debbie.
DECEMBER 15 - CLOUD IN JUDGEMENT
Another little song idea with this lyric that popped in my head.
DECEMBER 14 - THE BEST AHEAD
A little melody / song idea that came from the phrase "the best is around the corner".
DECEMBER 13 - WEC 1900
Written for the man or woman who had my fiddle in 1900 and left a little mark on the instrument.
DECEMBER 12 - ORCHESTRATED IMPROV
Over the years and after many conversations about how the writing process works for me, today I aimed to sit down and create a theme in one take. No do overs for performance, creative choice, intonation, etc..
DECEMBER 11 - GRASSY WINTER
Inspired by the first snow fall in Toronto this December.
DECEMBER 10 - A BACKDROP OF CHANGE
A little soundscape inspired by the idea of knowing change is coming and having to wait for it.
DECEMBER 9 - WINTER BEACH
A run along the beach in the winter brought this little melody to be.
DECEMBER 8 - AWAITING THE ARRIVAL
Inspired by the journey of pregnancy.
DECEMBER 7 - PASSION PLANNER
Inspired by the company that makes the day planner I have been using for the last few years. Passion Planner.
DECEMBER 6 - LITTLE GIRAFFE
This was inspired by the little giraffe that hangs on the window in my studio/office. My niece made it for me and it always reminds me to allow a smile to lessen a busy or stressful situation.
DECEMBER 5 - RAMSAY'S
Written for my good friend and incredible photographer Scott Ramsay.
DECEMBER 4 - THE CONFERENCE
Inspired by the experience of a music conference. You never know what it will lead to.
DECEMBER 3 - THE STREETCAR DESIRE
Inspired by people watching on a streetcar in Toronto.
DECEMBER 2 - CONTEST MEMORIES
I spent so many years playing fiddle contests, this tune is a little homage back to those days.
DECEMBER 1 - OLD FRIEND
Inspired by that feeling of visiting an old friend.