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Sitedesign- and blogging links

In redesigning this website and revamping my blog, I found a lot of informative and helpful texts on a number of sites and blogs. Since I thought these might be of use to you, I decided to list a few of those here. I've included links to some very helpful posts, but most of the sites have lots of useful information, so if you check them, you might well want to browse the whole site! So here we go:

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A new Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical

I think it was 1982 when I saw "Evita" in London, my first 'big' musical and I remember being totally overwhelmed. Especially those by Andrew Lloyd-Webber. "Cats" is my favourite musical to this very day. I don't know how many times I've seen it, studied the score or listened to the cd. I wasn't as impressed with "Song and dance" and "Starlight Express" (even though both contain some good songs), but I still remember the excitement when "The phantom of the Opera" was announced... Along with "Evita", "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Cats", this musical has had a profound impact on my writing style. But after "Sunset Boulevard", I kind of lost touch with his work. So now I came across this announcement on BroadwayWorld.com:

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Howard Shore's significance

Did Howard Shore do more than write brilliant filmmusic? According to an article by Michael Beek in Music from the Movies, Shore's "Lord of the Rings Symphony" is "fast becoming something of a musical and cultural phenomenon". And I think he has a point: the music from Lord of the Rings has reached many, many more people than orchestral music usually does. People from all walks of life; young and old. How is it possible that this work (the Symphony is in it's fourth year 'on the road') still attracts packed houses all over the world? It's even more remarkable since "Lord of the Rings" is no simple music! So what is it that creates this effect?

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Conducting a choir again (after quite a while)

Today I've been 'co-leading' a day-long rehearsal of Vocalgroup Ringfield: their regular conductor (Harry Boom) took care of the soprano and alto voices, while I worked with the tenors and basses. Twice during the day we "re-assembled" the entire choir to bring everything together again. What made it great was that everyone was very motivated and focused, so it was an intense day during which we were able to cover a lot of ground. Time really does fly when you're having fun!

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Comment settings changed

I had to change the settings for the comments to 'moderated', since there has been a lot of spam lately. So if you post a comment, please be a little patient since it will be placed in a moderation-queue and not show up immediately. I'll try to moderate as quickly as possible, and meanwhile find a way to stop the 'auto-spamming'. As soon as that is done, comments will be placed directly again. Thanks for your consideration!

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Help redesign this site!

Currently, everything on this website is 'handcoded' xhtml, with the exception of this blog. Due to a number of reasons, it will be transfered to a content management system in the near future (that will be release 5.0 then!). So now is the time to provide some feedback!

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Composition catalog: almost there!

I've been getting my hands dirty on some xhtml code again, and I'm quite pleased that the catalog of some of my compositions is almost ready to be rolled out. Maybe as soon as tomorrow! Most of my compositions thus far have been exclusive to specific bands or certain occasions, so I'm rather excited with this opportunity to present some of my work to a broader audience. The first composition will be for big band, but other ensembles are sure to follow. Be sure to stop by often over the coming time as new compositions might be added rather quick. And please offer feedback on them!

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Up for a challenge?

I've been making music since I was a child and working in music since 1996, but I originally studied public relations and (marketing-)communication and I still have an interest here, as well as in general business issues. So it was a nice discovery when I found Tom Peters' blog a short while ago. I didn't realise that it was already 25 years ago that "In search of Excellence" was published.

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On the brink of a new year

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On this final day of 2006, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you (our clients) for your trust in Creatid Music Services, and the musicians I worked with for some wonderful experiences. It has been a pleasure cooperating, and I'm looking forward to the new year and all the new projects it will bring!

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It is done!

The blog is now completely powered by WordPress. It doesn't look exactly like the rest of the site, but at least this is a beginning I'm satisfied with. I hope I'll find the time to edit the looks even further, but it requires some more in depth understanding of WordPress so it might take a while. At least you can now post comments to my blog entries. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

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It was sixteen years ago, today...

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... that I decided to see if it was possible to earn a living making music. I had been dabbling in music since I was a child and in the years before it had grown into a very serious hobby. Still, it took me almost another six years before I was ready to take the plunge, so in effect, this is my "10 year anniversay" as a full-time pro (actually, that was in May). It has been an exciting ride so far, with some serious ups and downs and I'm sure looking forward to the next 16 years! For all the people that helped me along the way: THANK YOU!

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Exhilarating evening!

Stage right Yesterday I conducted big band Close Formation at the Sportsgala in theatre "de Maaspoort", where sports-related awards were presented, and what an evening it was!

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Investigating WordPress

I'm currently setting up a parallel blog because I'm researching WordPress - the blogging software - since I want you to be able to comment on these blogs (as soon as something useful shows up of course :-) ). Blogging itself works like a dream, but I want the pages to look the same as the rest of the site, and that is a challenge! You can take a look at the work in progress (and even comment on this and earlier posts!) here, but don't complain if it doesn't work or looks ugly ;-).

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What were they thinking?

Strange gig yesterday... We ("de Bloeiende Rammenas") were hired to play at a rather large consumer fair. I wasn't too happy with this gig since it required that we play only 15 minutes and than take a 30 minute break, and so on for a couple of hours. And when we got there, it turned out that we were only allowed to play 10 minutes every hour! To make matters worse, we were asked to play as quiet as possible, since booth occupants were already complaining about the previous act (a singer with backing tracks).

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Right, so I started a blog...

Why? Just because sometimes I feel the need to write about some things. Share tips, tell stories, vent anger. Whatever tickles my fancy. However, I noticed that many blogs on the net are "rather dead": started with enthusiasm and then left to wither away, lonely and unloved. That might happen here as well ;-) Seriously: I don't know if I will keep this up or not.

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