The Future Starts Here, Growing Cities update, live performance

I'm very excited to announce that I've composed some original music that will be featured in a number of episodes on the AOL Original series The Future Starts Here. The show will have its online premiere October 23rdat

Promoting myself and building contacts is a constant hustle. I continually find myself saying, "Do you need music for that?!" or "Did you know that I'm a composer?" It can be awkward at times, but as I've learned and now stand by firmly, you have to incline yourself towards your goals the create space for them to actually happen.

Case in point with this recent opportunity: I run three mornings a week at 6am with a group of crazy people who think it's ok to run around San Francisco at the crack of dawn. It wasn't until six or seven months of being in the group that I began a conversation with a fellow runner, a filmmaker who owns his own small film production company, Mission Pictures. I gasped for air and landed the pitch, "Did you know I'm a composer?"

Months passed, demos were presented, contracts were negotiated and I was asked to write music for 6 of the 8 episodes of the show.

After doing my research, I realize that Tiffany Shlain and her film company the Moxie Institute is no joke, and lots of folks will be able to hear my music on this show. More importantly, I'm proud to have been a part of a show that is concerned with putting out content for the greater good. Having the opportunity to collaborate with such amazing artists was an honor. I hope you enjoy the show.

More news: Growing Cities is going national this week airing on PBS all over the country. You can see when it's playing in your town here. If you don't see your town, more will be added this spring. I'll keep you posted!

Lastly, I'm honored to be playing No Destination live at FFDG on November 1, as part of the closing of John Felix Arnold III's masterwork No Destination. Felix and I will be talking about our collaborations over the years, and his process in making the work, followed by a live performance by yours truly. More info here. Please come out! Felix is a dear friend and an amazing artist. He makes art to become a better human being - what more can one ask?

Gratitude goes up, blessings come down.