Ideally, as a composer, your eyes and ears are always open; both the different and the same will surprise you.
In comparing the making of music to the making of a joke, I’m not saying that music ought to be funny. The main sense of a sense of humor is funniness, of course, but the best comedians handle all the humors.
We craved rhythms that would pound in a chest where we hoped was a heart, and, oh, we wished for melodies that would soar above the cracking ruins of an imagined world. We wanted Yes, and then Yes came, and Yes was ours.
Why do we say "thank you," and who do we say it to?
Kile Smith considers becoming a composer by not trying to be important.
For a sampling of springtime music, head to Chestnut Hill or Rittenhouse Square this weekend.
Kile Smith, at his brother’s house, reflects on a death.
Seagulls are everywhere. But when I see one away from the ocean, I still get this odd thrill, even though I know better. And so that’s why I put jazz chords into my song cycle In This Blue Room.
On his way to the airport, Kile Smith meets a fellow musician.
If you’re a composer, or would like to become one, just follow these steps, and I’ll be content, knowing I’ve done my part to make life easier for at least one composer.