I’m not a musician. I have very limited range on a guitar – my only instrument – but I’ve always loved creating songs. I remember back in high school when I mowed grass a lot, I would just create all kinds of tunes and songs in my head. Sometimes I’d remember them and write them down. Usually, they rattled in my brain until the mower stopped its rattling and then they’d be gone.
When I started writing plays a few years back, I wrote some songs for some of them and then turned them over to the real musicians to bring them to fruition. A favorite of mine was the musical called “A Tad of Trouble” which really has some catchy tunes in it.
Two years ago, I co-founded a drama group called the RLT Players (Road Less Traveled). We do skits and short plays of a variety of genres – all original – and each year I like to write a musical (10 minutes or less) to the mix just because musicals are fun. And yes, I am a man. But musicals are still awesome.
Anyways, two years ago I wrote “Walk” – a short musical about the different types of walks that people have in their lives. I prerecorded the melodies and then tapped someone who actually had musical talent to come alongside and record a track on Garage Band so our troupe could perform it. It went over well, so I decided to try again last year.
I wrote Disconnect: The Musical about our crazy on-line connected world. It was a lot of fun, and one of our RLT Players – Shion Beak – who can play every instrument and who is amazing at Garage Band too – came up with some awesome acompainment tracks so that we could stage it. It was a hit when it was performed last November at PenangPAC during our 4 performances.
SWe finished it in June. Submitted it before July 1, and today I received this email:
Dear S+S Musical Composer & Lyricist,
Congratulations! Thanks for registering S+S Musical 2013. I am here to inform that your musical “Captured in Time and Space” has been selected for S+S Musical 2013.
Very cool! So I’ll be flying to KL in September to watch our musical come to life.
Later this week, I’ll give a fuller explanation as to what “Captured in Time & Space” is all about.
But for now, I must admit, I actually do write musicals.