Announcing “Eternal Dream” Music Album

photo(7)When people work together, amazing things happen! This album is the result of several years of composing, performing, recording, and engineering. Now we’ve finally completed the initial stage of producing a limited run. We plan to put the project on Kickstarter in order to really promote it and have it produced for distribution. For now, we have a limited number of copies and its great to see the project finally making it full circle, going out into the world for people to enjoy.

Eternal Dream is more than a music album, it is an experience of collaboration, of the coming together of unique individuals with a common purpose, the purpose of creating something beautiful and by doing so, making the world more beautiful. Spanning the centuries, this music album contains the artistry of composers from Europe and America dating from the Baroque age to today, reaching into the future as new means of artistic expression are employed to communicate eternal realities such as love, life, nature, and the spiritual. The musicians, sound engineer, and graphic artist featured are colleges and friends of mine whose talent and artistry I deeply respect. They each bring something very special to the album.

Several tracks on the album are my original compositions. They are recorded in the studio. Here are two videos of live versions of “Crystal Cove” and “Angels Landing”, both of which are featured on the album.

My original purpose in creating this compilation was to find a forum with which to share my original compositions, but the project immediately became more than that because through the process I discovered that a single artist cannot make even one note on his or her own. My complete and sincere gratitude goes out to all of the musicians, sound engineers, teachers, colleges, family and friends who made this dream become a reality. The purpose of Eternal Dream is now to serve as a representation of what can be accomplished when people work together, maintaining their uniqueness and identity while coming from a place of communication, respect, and creativity. In today’s world with so much strife and discord, we need to make more opportunities like this so as to live in peace, understanding, and joy. Your support of this project helps make the world more beautiful!

IMG_3277For information about how to get a copy of “Eternal Dream”, please contact me at drdanieller8@gmail.com.

Eternal Dream, When People Work Together…

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Making a Living as an Artist

Being an artist full time, whether it be a musician, a sculptor, a painter, and actor/actress, is very very rewarding. We love our jobs. We are inspired on a regular basis. We see the good results of our work, uplifting people and communicating with them. How many people say they love getting up in to morning because of their job (well I’m a musician and I get up late, but you know what I’m talking about)?

The challenge often comes when it’s time to make money, to organize cash flow, and pay taxes. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to living as an artist:

*Collaborate and build relationships: When we work together, the load can be lighter. There are probably organizations and/or individuals that you can work with who have expertise in business just like you do in art.

*Dedicate time specifically to your art every day: If you allot a specific time every day to your craft and then put your work away, you will more easily be able to focus on household duties because you will not be distracted.

*Stay connected and keep learning: When you continue to be innovative and talk to people, you will continue to grow and stay inspired.

*Go where there is a need: Share your art with people who will appreciate it and understand it. Not everyone will because the appreciation of art depends on individual experience and personalities, and it’s a downer when someone just doesn’t “get it”. Share your work with people who have a need for what you have to offer. They will be excited about it and you will have a new source of inspiration.

*Be compensated: It’s good to ask to be compensated. This helps you not only provide for your needs, it also helps you continue creating art and shows that the people you are exchanging your art with really do have a true appreciation for what you are doing.

*There’s nothing wrong with having another source of income besides your art: Many game-changing artists have had other sources of income. The composer Charles Ives is a famous example. He sold insurance for a living but is found in many many music histories about the 20th century.

*Do research: Many other people have thought of ways to successfully live as an artist. I’ve been checking out a blog called “Smart Passive Income”. That name of course peaked my interest because I’ve had an interest in residual income for a while 🙂 This particular article is about making money as an artist online. If you are looking for ways to make money or seeking to get your art out into the world, I recommend you check it out! http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/selling-your-artwork-online/

*Getting your art out there: A lot of time artists can do this themselves by meeting and talking to people, by making those relationships and helping to nurture others. That’s really a big part of art. For music composers, a very effective way to share you works and have them heard is to be part of an ensemble or even to found one. Starting a chamber group or an orchestra not only allows you to have an outlet for composing, it also engages others and allows you to be part of nurturing the next generation of musicians. I love this video of Frank J. Oteri on another great web resource Artists House Music. He says, “We’re all part of a community and a composer is part of that community”. http://www.artistshousemusic.org/videos/getting+your+music+played

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