The Power of Positive Female Role Models

Arrangement, History, Inspiration, Uncategorized
I have been interested since - well since I was a girl - about role models for children that are women.  Not specifically for women, but that are women.  When I was younger (up even through high school) my personal was not a woman, but Jacques-Yves Cousteau.  In my opinion, he had the coolest job.  But I couldn't think of that many women that I wanted to emulate.  Oh sure, there were lots of ladies that people called role models, but after you strip away the ones that are just famous, how many are really good role models? As I got older, this became more of a burning question for me.  I don't have kids, but lots of my friends and family do, and they are growing up in a world where…
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Music Writing: Transferring from MuseScore to Sibelius 7

Arrangement, Music Writing, Transferring, Transpose, Trouble Shooting
I have been in the process of transferring all the music I have written over the past year from MuseScore (awesome free music software) to Sibelius 7.  The piano music transfers have been going fine.  Piano to piano translates pretty well.  The problem has occurred when I have tried to transfer the chamber and orchestral scores.  When I played them in Sibelius, many of the instruments were transposed to another key, even though the music looked exactly the same.  And a couple of instruments did not play at all. When I realized what had happened, I felt so foolish.  So, in an effort to keep anyone else from being foolish, here are the two major problems and how to fix them. First, open the file of your choice in MuseScore. …
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Making Music with Sibelius 7

Arrangement, Inspiration, Music Writing, Writing music
With my New Year’s resolution now in effect, I cannot spend any money on my crafts, and that includes my music.  Thankfully, Brant purchased me a really wonderful Christmas gift of professional music software.  For those that are interested, I got the Sibelius 7 professional music writing software.  Brant is my number one fan when it comes to music writing, and he wants my music to sound as realistic as it can, as do I.  This is the most amazing software that I have ever used. I have shown you in previous posts how I use the free software, MuseScore.  In fact, you can reread the posts here, here and here.  I still really like this software.  Much of the writing in MuseScore uses the same features as Sibelius, to…
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Music Writing: Ave Maria Sheet Music

Music Writing, Writing music
So, I have continued to work on the Ave Maria, and decided not to go overboard on the harmonizing. At least, not until I have finished the definitive melody, which I am keeping on the alto line. This is for three reasons. One, I am an alto, and this song is really for me (if I am being honest). Two, I have noticed in most of the songs we sing in my choir, the alto line pretty much just tap dances around the first line E. BORING! Third, I want to let the soprano and mezzosoprano (or soprano 1 and 2) to have a descant and just flit from note to note. Those high warblers like that kind of thing. And the men will be the main harmony to the…
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Music Writing: Ave Maria for Christmas

Arrangement, Creative, Incentive, Music Writing, Writing music
Every year for the longest time, I have written (aka arranged) at least one piece of Christmas music.  This started out in church, where my family often sings or plays instruments.  We couldn’t find solos or duets for songs we wanted with our weird amalgamation of instruments and voices.  So I started arranging the music, and a personal Christmas tradition was born.  This year, I have chosen two: I want to write my own melody for an Ave Maria, and I want to arrange Riu Chiu for a choir.  Whether or not anyone actually sings or plays this remains to be seen, but I don’t care.  I am writing them.  First up… Ave Maria.  I am going to try to write my own melody to this beautiful and poetic prayer.…
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My First Day of Choir

Inspiration, Music Writing
Hello, my time-conscious friends. As today’s title suggests, I recently joined a choir. How did I find time for it? Well, I basically used up my entire allotment of free time on Wednesday evenings, and my Sunday mornings to sing alto in the Highlands United Methodist Church at Five Points in Birmingham. So I get off work on Wednesday’s at 5pm and need to be at choir practice at 6:20. No problem, it takes less than 5 minutes to drive from where I work to the church. But it takes almost half an hour to get to my car, so Brant and I decided that it would be best for me just to stay on campus during this down time. I actually enjoyed the solitude. I had a mediocre cheddar…
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Music Writing: Arrangements My Way

Arrangement, Music Writing, Writing music
Another long loved hobby of mine is writing music.  I grew up in a musical household.  My mother has played piano and organ for churches since before me and my siblings were born.  She taught piano, and started each of us on it when we were about five years old.  I sang in church choirs, played French horn in the school band and at special church services, and even sang solos in our church every so often (as did my sister).  One of the things I grew to love about music was music theory.  Creating something from strange symbols that actually came out of my mind.  Clutter and chaos into rhythm and melody. The first type of music writing I learned to do was arrangement: writing a known song in…
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No Time for Creativity

Baking, Creative, Incentive, Scrapbooking, Writing music
Welcome to my new blog, "No Time for Creativity."  This is my place to put what enspires me, what I like, and what gets me to create when I come home from work too exhausted to do anything but sit.If you are reading this blog, you might recognize this scenario.  I work from 8:30 to 5 at my job, but it takes me about an hour to get there and a little more to come home.  So the majority of my waking hours are spent doing something about work.  I barely see my husband until the sun sets most of the year.  I don't have kids, but I have two dogs who are more underappreciated than they should be.  My weekends are also filled.  Friday evenings we have game night…
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