Why Compose When You Can Blog?
Why Compose When You Can Blog?
Some Things | May 27, 2024

Some Things | May 27, 2024

Personal updates, links, and recommendations.

(Oh yes, I’m totally ripping off Design Mom’s Substack for these future blog posts. What can I say? She’s my hero, and I want to be her when I grow up.)

Personal Update

Happy Memorial Day, Citizens of the Universe. I was supposed to go over to a friend’s house for some good times and barbeque, but alas, we have a rain delay. I was going to bring over a huge casserole of Magnolia Bakery’s Banana Pudding, but instead, I distributed the component parts into mason jars to freeze while I composed two dainty servings for tonight.

Anyway, I hope you’re doing well. Here’s what I’ve been doing for the last couple of weeks.

  • OMFG I finally finished my piece for the U.S. Navy Band. It is called Protector of the East Sea. It’s possible some Japanese won’t like this title, but I am Korean after all.

Here’s a MIDI mockup of the work.

  • I went to see The Hours again, but this time, Kevin Puts revised his work by tightening up the orchestration. However, the dancers are still distracting. This time, I accompanied some Lehman College students, and for some, it was their first opera. (Spoiler alert: when Richard falls out the window of his umpteenth-story apartment, the audience audibly gasped, whereas the student next to me muttered, “Oh shit.” That my friends, is an appropriate reaction.)

  • I attended Reina Hondo’s recital. Congrats, girl!

  • I saw the closing night performance of El Niño at the Met. The last time I saw this oratorio, I was about to graduate college and was absolutely transfixed by the three countertenors on stage. (By the way, shout out to grad-school friend Eric Jurenas, who was one of the countertenors in this production.) Now as an opera, it’s the most visually stunning and beautiful production I have ever seen. However, during this viewing, I wondered during the second act if this was the beginning of the end for John Adams since he decided to start writing his own librettos.

  • The Lehman Percussion ensemble had their Afro-Caribbean Celebration.

  • The Mets lost to the Giants. Boooooooo.

Current Projects

My current project is recovering, thank you very much. I will say that I have many projects in the pipeline, and I hope to share a video of a work in progress in the next week or two.

What I’m Reading

What I’m Listening To

I’ve heard Arirang 아리랑 my entire life. And while I was a child, I may have rolled my eyes a few times during this tune because I heard it millions of times. Now that I’m older, I get teary-eyed. My friend and Korean-American soldier Esther Kang sang and produced this arrangement. She writes on her Facebook,

“What a team. Huge honor to produce and sing in Dan Campolieta’s new arrangement of “Shin Arirang” with Korean American soldiers from The United States Army Band. So grateful for the immense hard work behind the scenes from our PAO team, our amazing music team, and all of the heart that went into this passion project honoring our Korean heritage.

This song is dedicated to my mom and dad. They sacrificed so much when they chose to emigrate to America. Proud to be their daughter and proud to be a Korean American soldier.”


Lately on the YouTubes

Here’s David Kehler conducting the Atlanta Wind Symphony performance on March 19, 2023, of Lichtweg/Lightway. Thanks, David!

That’s it for now. Thanks for listening. <3

Why Compose When You Can Blog?
Why Compose When You Can Blog?
Jenn(ifer) Jolley