I am attempting to combine all the digital assets that comprise the vast constellation of content I have produced for many years. I have a website called Jazzical Music where my music is published, there is a website for Harlem Voices (the new musical I composed), there is a site for my consulting firm, and this personal blog. None of these elements are meaningfully combined... especially not in a way that will allow me to financially benefit from content I would like to sell.
I am taking a class called "Countering Oppression in Media" at the Starr King School for the Ministry during the 2020 Winter Intensive that is helping me to focus on this obvious problem. Although the course addresses strategies to counter oppression in our society using media, it also provides us with practical tools to do so.
For so many years I have taken a scattered (and somewhat cross-purposed) approach to getting my music recordings, scores, and literary writings out into the world. Some of the work is suitable for sale, while some simply needs me to let people know it exists. For example, Harlem Voices is, by definition, a collaborative work. It will require other creative people to produce it. How do I get it into the right hands? How can I get other people to see it? How do I convince them to take on this very large, complete work that is so timely and can be so useful in dismantling white supremacy in the United States? These are the questions I would like to have answered during the course of this class. At the very least, I would like to go a long way towards answering those questions. I'll keep you posted!
About this blog.
This blog is a place where many of the confluences of my life can be shared. I am, at the core, a creative person. I approach everything from that basis... whether composing symphonies, playing the cello, being a serial entrepreneur, writing sermons and essays, flying airplanes, or creating software apps. I am deeply passionate about creativity, issues of social justice, and spiritual enrichment. These are fundamental to everything I do. Welcome to my journey!