seagullsI was sitting on the beach with Eleanor and we were staring at two seagulls a few feet away from us. They were staring at us, hoping for some of the potato chips we were eating."Stupid scavengers," Eleanor said.I watched the birds, saying nothing for a minute. But then I said:"They're noble birds of the sea, not stupid scavengers. Look at how beautifully they are colored, the same as the sand and the clouds in the sky. And look at how their beaks are made to stick deep into the sand to burrow for crabs. And look how elegantly they hold their position against the wind, and how they can fly for great distances across the open sea."We stared at the birds."They are beautiful, dad.""I know, Eleanor. It's a little sad.""Why, Dad?""Well, Eleanor, it is because of humans that they are distracted from their noble, original purpose. And what of our original purpose? Are we so much different? Look at us, chasing after cars, money, power, fashion, position. How much different ar
new filmSo I finished scoring a new film a month or so back. I remember seeing the beginning of it a year or so back and thinking "OMFG what are they thinking!!!!", and then life went on, and then I got the film to score and...It was frigging great. The people who put it together, whom I have been working with for some time, REALLY did a GREAT job, and I really enjoyed scoring it, and it just is friggin' great. Going to the premiere tomorrow here in Lala land. Everyone worked so hard on this thing, and it shows. In every frame, in every line.And everyone felt that the music totally elevated the film, so I did my job as well.I have been a busy dude.
CharismaI just read this and I think it is so true:Here are the 10 habits of remarkably charismatic people:1. They listen way more than they talk.Ask questions. Maintain eye contact. Smile. Frown. Nod. Respond--not so much verbally, but nonverbally.That's all it takes to show the other person they're important.Then when you do speak, don't offer advice unless you're asked. Listening shows you care a lot more than offering advice, because when you offer advice in most cases you make the conversation about you, not them.Don't believe me? Who is "Here's what I would do..." about: you or the other person?Only speak when you have something important to say--and always define important as what matters to the other person, not to you.2. They don't practice selective hearing.Some people--I guarantee you know people like this--are incapable of hearing anything said by the people they feel are somehow beneath them.Sure, you speak to them, but that particular falling tree doesn't make a sound i
It's a wrap, for now...Just thought I would share this excerpt of a recent e-mail:Pretty damned solid Will!You're makin it hard for me to find stuff to call.I suppose this is technically the last episode for you this season. Wish we could celebrate somehow. It's been a solid, solid season for music score. You and your team are definitely killin it, and i'm sure the Bronies will feel it too. They're gonna have youtube videos where they extract the dialogue and SFX and just listen to the score!Thanks for an awesome third season!We were actually taking about this particularly in reference to the score for (omitted). We all agreed that you really took the scores for season 3 to a new level... so thanks for all your work this season!