An incredible Music Journey

The Piano Guys are probably having more fun than anyone else in the classical music business. The group composed of a pianist, cellist, a videographer, and a music producer has just released a music video that celebrates nearly 50 years of Batman.

Classical musicians honor ‘Batman’ history with an incredible music video journey | The Verge

The result is not just some impressive piano and cello work (the two instruments alone were used to make every sound in the composition), but a music video that displays some incredible attention to detail. Each of the three eras gets its own location, Batmobile, and visual style to go along with the shifts in music. (Pay close attention to the aspect ratio: even it is tailored to each era.) The Piano Guys have made a name for themselves doing these kinds of over-the-top classical music videos, and while this might be some of their best work, be sure to check out their Mission Impossible, Bourne Identity, and Star Wars music videos as well. And for more on the making of “Batman Evolution,” take a look at the group’s website.

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— Just brilliant. I just love what they did. It was amazing. You can see that they truly enjoyed what they were doing and that’s what really makes great music. I mean sure, you can write a song, play an instrument, or sing but the performance is always better if you love what you are doing. It’s the type of music that tells a story. I could close my eyes and listen to this all day.

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He must have noticed the quizzical look on my face as he filed his nails. I have to file my nails to the proper length when I play, Ortiz said. I use my nails to play. Ortiz, 67, plays the harp, which is something like saying that Van Cliburn played the piano or Pavarotti was a singer.

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“I have to file my nails to the proper length when I play,” Ortiz said. “I use my nails to play.”

Ortiz, 67, plays the harp, which is something like saying that Van Cliburn played the piano or Pavarotti was a singer. The harp is an extension of the Corona musician, an instrument he chose over a stethoscope after he earned a medical degree and practiced for eight years.

After our interview, we retired to his studio where a large harp filled one corner. It’s the harp he uses to teach students who come from all over hoping to learn how to one day maybe approach the skill of the master.

Ortiz unzipped the case of a second harp, the one that travels with him around the world on tours.

As I listened, it dawned on me why artists often depict angels holding a harp. My eyes had closed on their own, without my permission, and I heard what heaven must sound like. It was the sound of several harps, not just one, and I had to open my eyes to assure myself that only Ortiz was playing.

During our earlier interview, Ortiz explained that while Americans think of the harp in terms of classical music only, compositions worldwide cover the spectrum of music, including folk, rock ’n’ roll and even dance music.

Composing, recording and playing the harp paid for his medical education. In medical school,

Ortiz met Luz Marina Otero. They have been married for 37 years and have two daughters.

So he gave up his medical practice to devote his life to his family and the harp.

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— Incredible, if you have been looking for something to inspire you, this is probably what you’ve been waiting for. I’m not sure if I could have given up medical school but it goes without saying, “follow your heart”.

As Jimmy Dean likes to put it:

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

Is it easier said than done? I honestly don’t know. What I do know is that I always find pleasure in doing the things I love most.

Swami Sivananda tells us to:

Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.

Let me ask you, can you imagine yourself dancing with a serious face? I certainly can’t. That would look really silly. Just like musicians, dancers enjoy what they’re doing and their faces show just how passionate they are.

Open Source Music Software you can Download

Using your computer to create music can be a lot of fun, and very rewarding. Here are a few free programs that I like to use for both learning how to play music, and for composing my own music.

Free Music Composition Software – A collection of the best Open Source programs you can download and use for free.

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If you’re a musician, and haven’t ever used these programs, you don’t know what you’re missing. So try them out, they’re free, and they’re awesome!

Best Free Music Composition Software | Free Software – A collection of the best Open Source programs you can download and use for free.

Hydrogen is a free pattern based drum machine, used for creating beats and rhythms. It is open source, and runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Denemo is a free sheet music composer and editor, and is a front-end to the program LilyPond. It is open source software and runs on Windows and Linux.

LilyPond is a free sheet music engraving tool. It is open source software, runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux, and is a command line only utility, meaning it has no graphical user interface. The program Denemo actually uses Lilypond to engrave its sheet music, if you prefer a GUI (graphical user interface).

MuseScore is a tool for editing and composing sheet music. It is open source software, and runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

TuxGuitar is a free music composition program for guitar tablature and general sheet music in general. It is very similar to the commercial software, Guitar Pro. TuxGuitar is open source software, and runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

— Back in the old days, people composed music with pencil and paper, as there was really no other way. Surprisingly, many composers still compose this way, and prefer to do so despite the great advances in technology. For many, this is the ideal way of composing music.

I’ve been a songwriter for many years mainly because I love what I’m doing but I really don’t think I could work with just pencil and paper. In fact, I don’t think I would ever be as productive as I am without the help of music software.

Advancement in technology has taken our society of music to a new level. Why would someone forgo the tools we have today for the primitive pencil and paper method?

Credit where credit is due

Sharpe has numerous awards in choral, solo, orchestral and combination pieces, but his favorite part of composing is the creative process behind it. Springfield and Drury ensembles have performed 30 of Sharpe’s works. Now entering his 15th year at Drury, Sharpe has seen the music department grow from just 17 music majors to about 100 music majors and minors a record high.

Drury music professor honored for original composition

Sharpe has numerous awards in choral, solo, orchestral and combination pieces, but his favorite part of composing is the creative process behind it. Springfield and Drury ensembles have performed 30 of Sharpe’s works. Now entering his 15th year at Drury, Sharpe has seen the music department grow from just 17 music majors to about 100 music majors and minors a record high.

Drury music professor honored for original composition

— I’m really glad people appreciate the kind of work we do. I find it satisfying to see how the industry values our efforts through recognition and awards.