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  • May 28, 2008

    My Axe

    I’ve been playing a lot of Grand Theft Auto 4, but during breaks, I turn back to Guitar Hero III. But I wonder… Where is “Back in Black” by AC/DC? Wouldn’t that be an awesome Guitar Hero song? I found a YouTube video of somebody playing it, but it’s some custom file.

    Another that I’d love to play, even though (or maybe particularly because) it’s by a second-rate 80’s glam metal band, is “Round and Round” by RATT. Wouldn’t that rule? Sadly, “Round and Round” is only on Guitar Hero II — which you can’t play on the PS3. Booooo.

    Maybe I should be writing music.

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    May 26, 2008

    Texas All-State Band performs Kingfishers Catch Fire

    The TMEA Texas 5A All-State Symphonic Band — all 150 players of it — performed “Kingfishers Catch Fire” in February with Tom Lee conducting. (I blogged about the performance here.)

    The performance of the second movement has been posted on YouTube.

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    May 23, 2008

    Hello, Kitty!!!

    One of AEJ’s Christmas presents arrived yesterday. I know — it’s May. But it took months to get this thing made. I think it was worth it.

    We’ve always loved this picture of Loki, our cat. We refer to it as Loki’s headshot.

    We’ve also thought for a long time that it would be hilarious to get a portrait made of Loki. So, with that photograph as the “inspiration,” we commissioned… this.

    Isn’t it both adorable — and hilarious?! We LOVE it. Now we just need to find a house, with a perfect spot on the wall, where we can hang it…

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    May 19, 2008

    Undertow recording

    I don’t want to steal any attention from the recording and score for the sax quartet version of “Strange Humors,” also posted today, but…

    I just posted the recording of the premiere performance of “Undertow,” performed by Cheryl Floyd and the Hill Country Middle School Band.

    It’s my first piece for “young band,” although Cheryl Floyd’s band certainly doesn’t play it like a young band.

    Enjoy!

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    Strange Humors – for sax quartet

    A few months ago, at the request of the H2 Quartet, I transcribed Strange Humors for sax quartet and djembe. I finally received a recording of a performance of the piece, and I’ve just posted it, along with a score of this new version.

    The performance is great, and I’m excited by how well the piece works for sax quartet. (The original was for string quartet, although the most-performed version is the concert band version.)

    If you have five minutes to spare, I hope you’ll give it a listen.

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