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Joel in the Typing Pool

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Note: Just to be completely up-front so we don’t have a recreation of last-blog-post’s disappointment: At no time did I or am I planning to record a version of “What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blondes.

The actual helping hand of my pal Scott.

Me and “Me and Bobby McGee”


I don’t consider myself to be a Janis Joplin fan. I don’t dislike Janis Joplin; I just kind of don’t really consider her. The only reason she’s even on my musical radar is that I’m a Willie Nelson fan, which means that I’m ambiently aware of Kris Kristofferson and Kris Kristofferson wrote “Me and Bobby McGee,” a version of which was, of course, sung by Janis Joplin.

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An Open Customer Complaint to the AMC Assembly Row 12 Movie Theatre

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Hi there, AMC.

I attended a screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron in theater* seven of the AMC Assembly Row 12 movie theatre this past Sunday at 4:45pm.

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Pride Comes Before the Fall


I added music to one of my all-time favorite Internet videos.

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My Friend Kevin

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Kevin Micka: The Self-Contained Collaborator I met Kevin Micka in the early-to-mid-1990s in Connecticut. He had made the trip down from Newton, MA to Hartford where he was practicing with a band fronted by a mutual friend. I happened to be at the mutual friend's house hanging out when Kevin a[...]
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My Friend BJ


  Here’s a story about my friend BJ, which I’ll call: BJ Warshaw and How Life Works SometimesI met BJ while living in Brooklyn, NY in the year 2000. We were both music/band-people and we met through other, mutual music/band-people-friends. Fifteen years later, BJ is still a mus[...]
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New Chamber Piece


I'm super psyched to announce the world premier of my newest piece, You Will Never See Another Silver Fox! It's being performed by the group Boston Nonet at Harvard's Holden Chapel on Sunday, March 1st at 2pm. [...]
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The Case for Adding Two Beats to the Alphabet Song


You can also read this post on medium.com. Let’s talk about the first half of the American English version of "The Alphabet Song" for a minute. This is the iconic tune which, for many/most of us, was our first introduction to the foundational building-blocks of the English language. [...]
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Giving Credit(s) to Chopin


For those of you keeping track at home, a few months ago I posted about an arrangement of a Chopin piece that I recorded* for a film. The film is Drew Tobia's [...]
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Linking Sibelius and Digital Performer

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This week, I found myself wanting to link Sibelius (7.1.3) with Digital Performer (8.06) in such a way that each individual Sibelius instrument was connected to its own track in DP. This would allow me to compose in Sibelius, but use samples and processing effects from DP. Seeing as there isn’[...]