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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Site release 4.5 online

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Finally...!

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Gerry Mulligan scores!

The Dutch Jazz Orchestra commisioned Creatid Music Services to 'edit' two original Gerry Mulligan scores to be included on their next recording. It's not really editing, since Ray wouldn't dream of changing anything Mulligan wrote, it's more like 'restoring to a readable condition' that he is to do. The original scores are often hastily written, so it's a slow and painstaking proces (which of course has to be finished overnight, as usual in the music world...).

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New color scheme

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This site has been checked on a number of computers now and it was noticed that it was all a bit too dark. So the colors are changed to lighten it up a bit. They may still change a bit as the new scheme has to be tested on a number of browsers and computers again. (The beauty of style sheets: 10 minutes and the whole site looks different!)

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Member area on-line

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It has been a long time since the last update of this site. Too much has happened in that time, so let's just pick up from here again. A Members-only area has been set up on this site, to exchange information with the members certain bands. Access is restricted with a password, so this new update will only benefit a select group of users.

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Ray is recovering from a broken bone

The last saturday of February, Ray broke his right collarbone, so he has been "off-line" for quite a while. Slowly, things are healing and he has started working again (just in time for the taxes...). Everything still goes rather slow and sometimes painful, but at least he's working again

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Release 4.0 of this site online

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It took quite a long time, but finally: the fourth release of this site is active!

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Arrangement big succes

Saturday we performed the "ZDF - Hitparade" with great succes in De Schakel in Reuver. An arrangement of eight German songs in medley-form, with the theme of the "ZDF - Hitparade" as connecting element. Fantastic performances by the singers and the 10-piece band (conducted by Ray Drossaert) and great make-up made this an experience to remember! There will be another performance on Saturday, January 24.

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Opening of 'Het Gevecht'; ('The Struggle')

The short feature film "Het gevecht" has opened, and succesfully! For Creatid Music Services, it marks the end of a very frantic time, where scenes were changed right up to the end, needing new music in very short notice! All in all a very rewarding experience. The film will probably be shown on a local television station (L1) in 2004.

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