Hello from where the sun always shines, at least above the smog.

A lot of the things people think about LA are true. It is a bizarre place. Living here is like living in a bubble with some of the world’s most self-absorbed, but also friendly and extraordinarily talented people. It’s a place where everything is available, everything is possible, where no one really stares at people with wedgie panties (that’s with no pants covering) at Starbucks because they are used to strange, and where it’s sometimes hard to distinguish the local news from a movie. Where else would live car chases be a normal part of the evening news? Here people get way too creative in the attempt to get their 15 minutes of fame.

But in a city with 18 million people you can of course find a lot of “normal” people too. And despite the forest fires, the occasional earth quake, the painful traffic, the frightening lack of wrinkles in old people’s faces, it makes sense why people still wanna live here.  At least for a little while. There’s always something going on. The city has a pulse that never stops beating. There’s so much creativity here. And there’s a lot of hard work. With that combination you can get so much done, which is one of the great things I appreciate with LA.

As a composer I have access to some of the best musicians in the world – I’ve had world class cello players recording in my closet, and they weren’t even complaining, because they love to be able to work –  some of the best audio engineers, music stores, recording stages and studios.  The other day I was mixing a project that was due two days later. During mixing I kept cringing the more I listened to my synth flute. So I decided to email a flute player I know to ask him whether he had the opportunity to record for me. The next morning I received his tracks and was able to mix it in well in time for my delivery date. Everything happens fast here. People work all the time and with the craziest deadlines. If a director needs 20 minutes of music for their movie in say 5 days, someone in LA is willing and able to provide that. And even do it really well. In fact it happens every week in TV. The show “Lost” for example, has about 20 minutes of music per episode. From the day the composer receives the final cut of the episode, he has less than a week to write, record and mix the music. I simply thought that was impossible until I got here. In this town technique is more important than inspiration.

So that sets off this new blog, in which case inspiration has been more important than technique. I’ve never blogged before, so I hope you’ll bear with me!