Posts tagged ‘Inspiratus Interview’
Soli Deo Gloria:
An Interview with Composer Robert Collister
In Part 1, Watchfire Music Composer Robert Collister shared with us his early influences that led him to writing for the musical theatre. He has to date written 4 musicals and continues to be prolific in several genres of music. On writing music, Robert says, “I don’t like to take credit for what I write since I feel that I am just a vehicle from which music passes through. Bach would write on many of his compositions, ‘Soli Deo Gloria,’ — ‘To God Alone the Glory.’ I take the same position.”
In Part 2, Robert shares more about his process, inspiration and talks about his sacred and inspirational compositions. Let’s continue the conversation:
I did an interview with visual artist Marty Coleman in September. After the interview was posted, Marty wrote me a quick thank you. In response to his short comment, I wrote a not-so-short, stream of consciousness “you’re welcome” back and ended up thinking deeply about how the artistic process manifests itself across different disciplines, and specifically in my own life.
I wanted to share these thoughts with you, so I grabbed what I wrote and have posted it here — with a few clarifications along the way.
John Carter, a baseball writer, wrote an insightful, honest comment in response to my Inspiratus interview with visual artist Marty Coleman. He is a friend of Marty’s from their high school days and he writes of being proud of Marty’s success in the world of art. John also speaks of his own quest to understand success in his own life.
John’s thoughts really got me thinking. I believe that his are questions that we all face: What is success? Who or what defines success? According to any number of prevailing definitions, am I successful? If I feel that I am not, how do I find or achieve success?
The first book is Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell.
These books are very different from one another, but both are radical and thought-provoking. Their authors are each thinking out of the box.
Music Chose Him:
An Interview with
Inspirational Composer Greg Granoff
My interview with composer Greg Granoff kicks off a new part of Inspiratus.
It will be featuring interview/conversations with artists of all kinds.
The idea is to explore just how inspiration, creativity, and spirituality all play a role in the development, creation and reception of an artist’s work.
Watchfire Music Composer Greg Granoff writes sacred music with great skill and craftsmanship. In particular, his is a catalogue of beautiful, sophisticated vocal solos scored for both the organ and piano, and composed with a harmonic language uniquely Greg’s own.
Here’s my conversation with Greg Granoff:
JW: What is your earliest memory of music?
GG: I don’t know that I can speak about the earliest one with any certainty; I remember various things, all from my time as a small boy. I have a distinct memory of my earliest piano lessons — I was about 5. I remember very early hearing my father play the piano in the evenings after I was in bed–that had a huge effect on me. I remember the 78 rpm records my father played of Russian and Mexican folk music; I remember my mother strumming the guitar and picking out folk songs; I remember them both listening to the Metropolitan Opera on Sunday afternoons; and I remember being glued to the record player even while others my age were out playing in the street.
I was equally captivated by Burl Ives or a Beethoven symphony. I remember dreaming about music. (more…)