Can't believe it's been almost 3 years since I've been a regular on this forum. Gary's still sellin' libraries that just get better, a look down the page finds many of the same names as before, Dan just had another birthday, etc. Things haven't seemed to change much at all.
Just a quick update, A few years ago, the old eyes started giving out. Not that they were very good before. A few years and a few surgeries later, I'm back using a my new MacBook Pro's text-to-speech to get around this forum and do most of what I have to do computerwise.
Things haven't been all bad though.Other than the eyes I'm in good health. My son moved out and Joani and I have the place to ourselves, I'm still able to play and teach classical guitar, and Obama is our new president.
Also some may remember that Joani and I made a just for fun CD of Peter and the Wolf about 4 years ago. It received some nice comments from people in the preschool education field. So for about 6 months we pushed the heck out of it. To this date we have sold about 3,000 copies. What is really fun however, is the digital sales. It is really great to see that our little attempt to do homage to my favorite childhood piece, is bought all over the world. Oh not in great quantities, but this internet thing always amazes me. Thanks iTunes, Amazon, etc., but thanks mostly to Gary for making it all possible. When I was I little boy, I used to play like I was conducting Peter and the wolf. Making that little CD kind of brought a little dream somewhat to reality, and just knowing that somewhere their might be a little child getting her first glimpse of orchestral sounds is a real kick.
I'm still trying to figure out how I can work with Digital Performer again though and get anything done. Sometimes it can be quite frustrating, since there is just no productivity. I've given up trying to play in the parts. Things just end up in a mess. I bought Sibelius, and can blow up the screen so the notes are pretty big. I have mostly used it to work on easy guitar music for my students. I can't wait for GPOA. I hope it will be what it takes to get me motivated again to try and overcome these problems.
One of the reasons I haven't been hanging out here too much is that I really get depressed, hearing some of the great music many of you are doing. I think I've gotten past that though and should be by to chime in on things more regularly.
All be well,