Monday, April 18, 2016

Starting a Publishing Company

The time is coming. October 1, 2016 will be the opening day of my as-of-yet-to-be-named music publishing company. As I promised in this post from last year, I'm going to do whatever it takes to get published, and who better to do it than myself?

Over the next few months, I'll post updates here and talk up this exciting venture.

I'm already being asked by several people: why are you starting your own company? Why not just go through the existing publishers and let them do all the hard work so I can spend more time composing?

Well, I'll tell you why right now ...

  • I've always wanted to start my own business.
  • I'm somewhat proficient at setting music using Finale.
  • My actuarial experience has given me a lot of business knowledge.
  • I've already got a day job, so I'm not counting on the income from this venture.
  • The main LDS music publishers seem to have no interest in another no-name like me.
  • I've been sitting on my music long enough and it's time for it to get out there.
  • Startup costs and risk are relatively low in such a venture.
  • With technological advances in the last decade, the self-publishing route has become more of an accessible route for most anyone who is willing to go that way, and I believe it is the model of the future.
  • And finally, I just think this would be fun.

Starting a business is also a lot of work. I mean ... I've already been planning for six months, and I have another six months to go, but I'll save all that for future posts.

I'll keep you informed as I go along. Stay tuned!

Friday, April 8, 2016

PDQ Bach: Schleptet

This week, I'll post another PDQ Bach video, and include a personal story.

At least twice, I've seen Prof. Peter Schickele perform live, once at BYU. There he performed his Schleptet. I'm not sure where this recording was captured, but it is a lot of what I remembered. Hillarious stuff! I wonder if this is a recording of that one performance.

Either way, I went backstage to meet him. He's just as funny backstage as he is on stage. Even though my hand was broken, I had to shake hands. Boy, did that hurt. At least I got to touch the guy!

Enjoy this hilarious performance.

Friday, April 1, 2016

P. D. Q. Bach: Konzertschtick for Two Violins Mit Orchestra

To celebrate P. D. Q. Bach's birthday, here is a performance of Professor Peter Schickele and Itzhak Perlman playing the "Konzertschtick for Two Violins Mit Orchestra."

Enjoy!  Also, note that there's a Part 1, but it consists of Perlman and Schickele telling bad puns.