Category Archives: Views and Reviews

What I Look for in Auditions

While I teach and work at a University, UGF is a small, private school, and we need to also work with members of the community. In other words, I, like many of you, don’t have a bottomless pool of talent. I can’t be picky and decide ahead of time that I want a particular “type” …

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The Director is a Modern Invention

For those who have studied theatre, most of you should have heard the following at some point or another: the director is a modern invention. Before the 1800s, that duty was spread among the actors and possibly playwright. It is easy to forget, because we (especially we directors) cannot imagine how theatre existed without our …

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Is it for real? : My first month (and 4 days) with ACX

ACX, the Audiobook Creation Exchange, promises to match up aspiring narrators with (mostly) independent authors looking to turn their fiction into audiobooks. I put up one “demo” in my profile. And I started to audition on April 4th. The first book I saw was a short novella, “Scoring Bertram Wiggly” where the author, Man Martin, …

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My Top 10 Albums of 2011

  1: Adele – 21 Pop albums don’t require each musician to be a virtuoso. Simple parts on each instrument blended together elegantly and creatively does the trick. Along with amazing songs and an amazing singer. This album is one for the ages. I’m glad America caught on, it wasn’t a foregone conclusion.

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Review: Adele – 21: Pop Music both Organic and Soulful

Adele’s album is the kind that makes me green with envy. Yes, I enjoy it. So much that I pray I can produce something with this much depth, soul, personality and passion before my career is over. The songwriting sparkles throughout. Adele proves a strong enough writer, that through all the songwriting collaborations on the …

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It is NOT a TAX! Please Support the Performance Rights Act!

Radio in America has been given a free ride for over 80 years. Songwriters get paid when their songs are played on the radio, but the Performing Artists, Musicians and Producers ARE NOT COMPENSATED from Radio in any way. While the industry has lobbied for this MANY times over the 80 years, Radio has never …

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The Top 20 Albums of the Decade (2000-2009)

Why are people always complaining that music isn’t as good as it used to be. I think this decade featured some very fine music. I’ve seen a lot of lists that are so indie it hurts, and a lot of albums hailed not so much because they are *enjoyable* and more because, well, they AREN’T. …

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Everyone should have a chance to work with one of their idols.

“Frasier” is my favorite TV show of all time. This is in no small part to David Hyde Pierce who brought an amazing mix of honesty, empathy and an uncanny knack for physical comedy to his role of Niles Crane that won him FOUR Emmy awards (and 7 more nominations). He was the straight man …

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