I’m Lovin’ It

OK, that’s cheesy, I know. But that’s how I feel about life and work right now. And I got to sing in a McDonald’s commercial for oatmeal recently, which I got a kick out of. You can see it here: (The music is written by one of the other staff composers at work, Robert Lopez.)

My new job is keeping me really busy. I’ve worked on 12 commercials in the new year so far, and I’m really enjoying being in the same building as other creative people so that we can collaborate with each other and play with all kinds of new toys. I get to play piano and sing on a bunch of commercials. Everything happens so fast, and sometimes I wish I had more time to tweak my tracks, but in this industry I usually get less than a day to write something. It’s still inspiring to feel that I can come up with decent music in less time now than when I got started. It really is a craft and like anything else, the more you do it, the better and faster you get. We’re like a music machine! There is so much music and creativity coming through every single day at Hum.

A couple of weeks ago I went to the premiere of “First Dates”, the comedy short that I scored last summer. You can see the trailer here (I didn’t score the trailer):

I thought it came together really well and enjoyed watching it with an audience. Comedies really come to life when you can laugh with a whole group of people.
On a more personal note -- I had my first star encounter at the premiere. As a 12-year-old I saw “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle”, which made a really strong impression on me. Super creepy! Anyways, the girl who plays the daughter in that movie (and who now plays in Californication and Heroes), is one of the actresses in First Dates. So it was kind of surreal to get to shake Madeline Zima’s hand at the premiere! Little did I know all those years ago..!

Before I wish you a good weekend -- any “The Social Network” fans out there? I guess that’s a stupid question. Everyone seems to love this movie. Personally I thought the movie was good, but not as great as everybody else thinks, partially because the subject matter wasn’t that interesting to me. But I thought the score was amazing! It felt like the score was another character. There was such insistence, presence and confidence, in lack of a better way to put it. It’s been a while since I’ve heard such a fresh approach to a score. Any other opinions about this out there?

God helg!