It was one of those days (yesterday) when I really felt a part of both the creative industry and the global community. A day when all aspects of my endeavour came together sweetly – my passions for social web tools (for connecting and learning), the evolution of creative industries and string arranging! Looking back through the mails, messages, activities and chats, this is how it panned out.
Over night mails came from Ken Lewis (producer based in New York), asking about a sample recreation, Jen (my agent in Toronto) about Samplebase (Los Angeles) and an enquiry about strings (from Moscow). There were notifications about discussions on the student social network I run (a Ning service) where John Blaylock (singer and writer for International One – now signed and recording debut album) was the guest host. He totally rocks! A band in Los Angeles were also enquiring about strings – found me with a google search. Ken Lewis later agreed to trade some string work for a guest host slot on CCM Music (that is quite a coup!).
I spent the morning answering mails and prepping a presentation about web tools for learning, for staff at Mid Cheshire College. A quick bit of fiddle practice (trying to get some jazz standards together with guitarist Jason Brown) then off to do the presentation (always a bit stressful) and found out more about the new Creative and Media diploma which is embracing the convergence of skills that all CI practitioners need to wake up to. As part of the event, we posted a comment on Ken Lewis’s blog – his blogging is a great example of how to reach out from a website, not just present information.
Email updates also about some UK work – a hip-hop project, a movie (my old friend and extraordinary composer Richard Mitchell) and recordings for radio idents.
I’m chipping away at a long term project for Tim Duncan – preparing arrangements and scores for an ice ballet (to be recorded in Moscow end of May), so managed to put some hours in on this.
I just wanted to capture the satisfying feeling of all the bits falling into place!