Tales from the Trail of a YA Author – Pop Awards and RIP Deb Sherman

Attended the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and PUblishers) 31st annual Pop Music Awards last night at the Loews in Hollywood, where the organization honored rocker Tom Petty, composer of countless hits like “Don’t Come Around Here No More” and “Refugee,” with the prestigious Founders Award..

   Petty was introduced to the audience by fellow songman Jackson Browne. “If you want to spend an evening noticed by no females go out with Jackson Browne,” quipped Petty has he took to the stage.

 “My life is one long recording session and for that I’m grateful,” said Petty in receiving the award, who referred to himself as just a “sh**kicker” from Gainesville.
The band, fun, was also honored  and picked up the ASCAP Vanguard Award, while Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” won its writers, including Thicke, Clifford T.I Harris and Pharrell Williams, best song of the year.

The awards reception was a nice way to brighten an otherwise very sad day following the passing of Reuters correspondent Debra Sherman on Tuesday morning, who was oh so lovely and taken way too soon from us. RIP Deb. http://blogs.reuters.com/cancer-in-context/

Tales from the Trail of a YA Author-music in education

I love sharing cool things about music in education and two wonderful things have crossed my path this week.

First, I got to interview two Emmy-nominated composers who participated in a really amazing workshop for aspiring Hollywood songwriters. I wrote an article about the two composers, Robert Duncan and Trevor Morris, and learned that changing TV viewing habits like “binge-watching” is also changing the way music is being created for TV.

Here’s my article, which got picked up in

    a lot of outlets like ABC News!


    I really enjoyed hearing about this composing workshop. About 12 young composers are selected from around the world by ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), a group that distributes royalties to professional musicians, and they get to spend four weeks in Hollywood, rubbing elbows with some of the most famous composers of our time – like Hans Zimmer and John Williams, who wrote the score for “Star Wars.”

    At the end of the ASCAP 4-week workshop, the students get to go to the 20th Centuury Fox lot and conduct a 60 piece orchestra, which plays their original scores to the scene of a movie. I got to attend this amazing event and it was totally fun!

    And now, tonight brings me to another fantastic musical educational event. I’m going to the USC Thornton School of Music for a “special evening of music, education and conversation” with Elton John,

    Image who’s about to release his first new album in years!

    I’m very curious to hear what Sir Elton John has to say about music and education! Stay tuned