When we reach a certain age, most people find themselves saying: “If only I knew then what I know now”. I was no different. So I then asked myself: “What could I bring forward from my youth and apply to the present?”…
For me, the answer was to bring forward that youthful sense of idealism, passion, composing and playing with creative freedom and abandon.
For several decades, I had a successful career with my company, Tambre Productions, a full service music and audio production house. I’m very proud of all the great work and the many achievements of all at Tambre; but, after considerable and honest soul searching, I realized I needed to reignite that creative spirit of my younger self.
A new plan was put in place and now over a decade later, here I am, past the transition stage and on to the next chapter of my life. I am still composing, but am now also producing for recording artists, and playing again.
I am still happily keeping my Tambre shingle on the door to accept work as a composer. I continue to love writing music for the screen and being able to create within a team of respected colleagues. It is a joy and a blessing that I will never walk away from or take for granted. How could I not continue exploring this passion and craft that I have gained so much knowledge and experience from doing for so long? Music. What a gift – we, who create music, have been given, and what a larger gift to have been able to make a living from it.
I started my career as a guitar player – working as a studio musician, and touring with recording bands. I now find myself reenergized to once again be playing live, producing CDs, and collaborating with recording artists. As a producer, the musical, technical and talent-directing skill-sets that I have honed over the years have been a great asset. As a player, well that means more practicing. Ok, its not all that much fun.
Of course, the one thing that cannot be brought forward is the invaluable experience and knowledge that I’ve gained over the years. In 2008, as an established member of my community, I was asked if I would serve as president of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, the SCGC. I was honoured, and accepted. I didn’t realize at the time that becoming an advocate for creators’ rights during this time in history, would take me on a journey both domestically and internationally that I would never have imagined for myself. Please refer to the advocacy pull down.