The Renaissance

Blogging rule #1 – Never apologize for not writing, particularly if it’s been longer than about a week. Honestly, no one cares. Actually, no one is listening any more. At least that’s my hope anyway. Without further adieu:

Once upon a time long, long ago in a land far, far away, I started a blog. Originally I was going to blog about my composing adventures and the rise of Metta Audio. And then i did. And then I didn’t. My absence started out as “I’m too busy to write” which turned into “I don’t have anything to write because Betsy King had already written all about it. With photos. Who can compete with that? And finally I’ve progressed to “It’s been soooo long since I’ve written. (Insert familiar feeling of guilt) No one is listening anyway. (Guild transitions into smug hopelessness.) Do you pity me yet? No, of course not. It’s just an abandoned blog. Not particularly original.

But somewhere in the back of my head I kept thinking “I want to write for some reason. Who knows what I’d write about.”

Then I read this: Seth’s Blog: Talker’s block

Pretty smart, huh? So I’m writing.

Help is on the way

I have a quick blog post tonight. I just added a FAQ section with answers to some questions I’ve gotten so far regarding my music for photographers.

Got questions? Get answers!

Of course, I only have two questions so far. That means, more than likely, if you’ve got a question about the music or the timing templates that I haven’t answered, you haven’t asked it yet! So get on the horn and ask away.

Secondly, I’ve added a down and dirty Help Section. Here you’ll find a PDF to help new ShowIt Web timing template users get up and running. Hopefully there’s a lot of good info in there, even for those of you who’ve put together a show or two.

And if you are a member of the short-attention-span club or president of the I-am-so-busy-I-don’t-have-time-to-read-something support group, then I’ve made a quick screen cast with just the basic info you need to apply a timing template.

So, if help is what you need, go check it out.

Up next… A short film!

Much Metta,

John

mettaaudio.com

Hey everyone! Well, it’s finally live! My new site, that is. Head on over to mettaaudio.com and take a look around.

Be sure to check out the recordings of my new marching band shows, or stop by and check out all the music for media.

This has been a big project that I’ve been working on for a while now, and I’m thrilled it’s finally ready to release. It’s not over yet though! I’ve got several more sections in mind, but they’re not quite ready. You can bet I’ll let you know when they are! In the mean time, I’ve got some more music to write…

Speaking of which, if you are in need of music for your project, whether it be marching band or motion picture, I’d love to have the opportunity. I get asked all the time what exactly I do for a living, and for some reason “composer” kind of stumps people. I guess there aren’t too many of us out there. Regardless, there’s music EVERYWHERE. If you have a project, or you know of anyone that needs music (band directors, video editors, film makers, advertisers, web designers, even photographers need music!) drop me a line and let me know how I can help.

Thanks for stopping by!

Much metta,

John

Helllllloooooo?

Wow. I haven’t blogged in a LONG time. I’m excited about getting back into it. I’ve got some more music to share, a video or two and a little about my latest projects. I’m going to start with a recently finished website I created for a local real estate agent and friend, Beth Goldsmith. Here’s the site:

SoldbytheGold.com website http://soldbythegold.com

The design, graphics, layout and code all done by, well, me. It was a lot of fun actually, and gave me a good excuse to learn how to develop an entire site in CSS. I’d used tables for layout before this site, and wanted to get on the web 2.0 bandwagon. After going through the headache of learning it’s idiosyncrasies (IE6!), I’ve come to really like developing exclusively in CSS. It makes for very efficient page code that scales well and is easier to tweak than tables.

Thanks for tuning in!

Site Fixes

Just wanted to thank my Dad for checking out my new site and helping me troubleshoot my CSS. If any one else notices anything unusual about my new site design, please let me know and I’ll get it fixed asap!

Much Metta,

John

Welcome to the NEW MettaAudio.com

Yes, it’s twenty Five to two. That’s two in the morning. I’ve been working on a new site for a couple weeks now, and I finally decided to make the push to the end.

Most of the content is the same as before, but I don’t plan on leaving it that way. And if you have a moment, be sure to head on over to the Photography section and check out our musical Miles.

Let me know what you think!

Much Metta,

John

My Favorite places to visit

I’ve become Obsessed with Blogs. So I thought I’d share some of by obsession. Here’s some of my favorite places to visit…

http://lifewithmiles.blogspot.com/ How could I not include my wife’s blog?

http://www.bobbiandmike.com/blog/ Bobbi and Mike are a husband and wife photography team based in Indy, and I just love their work. Since I love photography, this is a great place to go and get inspired.

http://www.43folders.com/ This is a site run by Merlin Mann. For a computer nerd, he’s surprisingly eloquent and witty and he’s been a great source for all kinds of beautiful, if not slightly random bits of software that have transformed the way I use my Mac.

http://unclutterer.com/ This site came to my attention through a post on 43Folders. Definitely a couple good tidbits there from time to time.

And last but not least, for those of you who are complete nerds, another fascination of mine is computer animation and I’ve since discovered an incredible 3D application that is, and I kid you not, totally and 100% free. I can’t believe there’s an open source application of this magnitude out there! I’m in computer nerd heaven. Anywho, it’s call Blender blender.org and the blog that goes with it is http://www.blendernation.com/

So that’s it. My short list of cool places to visit. Got any sites you just can’t pass up? Leave a comment so others can enjoy!

Much Metta,

John

TCM YFCC Take 2

As promised I’ve got another version of my clip up. It’s on my music page so go here to check it out: Music

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think! The clip is due at the end of the week, and I’m hoping to upload it Wednesday to avoid the rush, so it’s crunch time…

Anyone looking for a Miles fix? We’re posting another photo page. Check out Week 7!

Miles

Much Metta!

John

Things as of late

Hey.

Long day. It’s been busy getting ready for baby. I feel like I have a million projects that have to get done before he comes so each evening is spent working through my to-do list. The latest project is re-finishing a beautiful custom bookshelf that Andy designed and built. After months of…. work (translation: procrastination) I’ve finally set this Sunday as my drop dead date to get them done. Yesterday I did the final sand and today I started the third and final coat of polyurethane. It feels good to finally be close.

I bring this project up because I’m learning about setting goals. I mean really starting to experience it. (I hope my boss isn’t reading this!) I’ve had a couple of personal projects now that I finally mapped out and gave myself a goal to reach, and much to my surprise I actually reached the goal, even when I wasn’t sure if the goal was realistic. It’s turned into a great motivator.

Oh! I almost forgot. I’ve got something new to share! Brady Sark has finished the percussion to my marching band opener! I’ve even made a page to showcase the show. Check it out!

Humanity

As some of you know, I’m really getting in to photography and when something catches my eye, I like to take a picture of it. So the other day after our morning pug walk, we noticed some rather strangely tall ice crystals on my car. Some of these were over an inch high. Check it out:

Tall Ice Look at the lenght of these ice crystals!

Sun on Ice

Fuzzy Antenna A Fuzzy Antenna

Ok. Three more photos. First, I couldn’t sleep one night, so I thought I’d take a couple pictures of the moon. See?

Sleepless nights The Moon

And last but not lest, as many of you know, Whisper has a habit of picking up the nearest toy and bringing it to you when you first come into the house. One afternoon she got a hold of what we affectionately call a “beeber” (which is a stuffed animal attached to a little blanket.) The result? Cuteness overload. See for yourself:

Whisper with a Beeber Welcome home!

Close up Whisper Who could resist this face!!

Ok, that’s enough for now. Thanks for following along!

Much Metta, John

Off to LA!

Hey everyone. Sorry for the long silence. I think once I finished my entry for the competition, I just needed some time to rest. Well, we leave tomorrow morning for CA, so I felt I wanted to post one more update before I go.

First off, if you haven’t checked out my home page or music page in a while, I have the latest version of my entry posted. They are still password protected, so if you would like to see my entry and don’t have the password, email me at john at mettaaudio and I’ll send it to you.

I have also taken a moment to post a copy of our itinerary, so if you want to know what we’re doing, you can follow along. Betsy and I have been working hard to get ready for our trip. As you can see by the schedule, there a lot going on and we’re going to be meeting SO many talented people at the top of this industry. It’s an incredible opportunity for me! I’ve got new business cards printed and I’m ready to start shaking some hands. ;-)

In case you didn’t catch it, I’ve also posted a copy of the 21 Country spot shot by Eric Olsen and Jeff, his photographer. They did an excellent job, I think. I was definitely flattered they wanted to do a piece on me. When they arrived I was pretty nervous, but that was quickly put to rest as the two of them bantered back and forth firing joke after joke. They’ve obviously been working together for a long time and enjoy what they do.

Well, I can’t type much since I have to finish packing. Or should I say help Betsy finish packing. Before I go, I have to give her some credit. She’s worked SO hard to get everything ready for this week. I can honestly say there’s no way I could have done all this without her. She’s a blessing in my life in the truest sense of the word. All my love to you, Bets.

Have a great week. I’ll be sure to let you all know how things turn out. As far as I’m concerned, no matter what place I get, this has been an amazing experience.

With love, John

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