Channel Plans; Prepping Musical Christmas Gifts

November 30, 2021, 3:35 PM · I've been trying to keep as busy as possible with all my musical projects as of late. I have been composing new works, which I will write about on my composition website. One of them has gotten a premiere in Boston - a chamber work of which I wrote for saxophone, clarinet, viola, and percussion. The second is two movements of a Piano Concerto, of which I am hoping to finish over the next couple of months. I'll link my blog post here once I've finished writing it, with links to the pieces!

The main thing I've been doing on my violin has been more and more YouTube arrangements! I've absolutely loved celebrating my favorite video game music tracks with tribute covers, and sharing them online. I discussed some of them in September, but you can find all my covers on my CityFollk66 channel. I suppose I've only done a couple covers since Halloween, but I have so many planned for the end of the year, including a couple of collaborations with my harpist friend! My latest arrangements have celebrated the new K.K. Slider songs added in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 update, released on the 3rd of November. One of those is K.K. Fugue for solo harpsichord; I tried to arrange this track like a Baroque string orchestra! Another is K.K. Polka, which had a solo violin in-game for the aircheck - that was a more literal translation into the instruments I have. You can check them both out in this playlist here.

In addition to my channel, I have also thought this year as Christmas gifts for friends and family, I would arrange and perform short medleys and covers from some of their favorite franchises! I've already done Lord of the Rings, which contains the Prologue, the Shire theme, and the Rohan theme from Howard Shore's scores for the movies. The latter two themes have great solo violin (Hardanger fiddle, I believe) moments, and the whole project is giving me massive nostalgia to 2014 and before, when I was working on my own home film, The King of the Aliens, and obsessing over the Lord of the Rings Symphony. I'm very excited to finish this one and share it with you! I have other projects in the works too, but just in case my family members find this I won't spoil them here. I'd love to do a behind-the-scenes post on making these medleys later too! I'm sure I'll release these on my YouTube channel as well. This has been a big focus for me as of late, so I'm sorry it's the only thing I've been talking about on this blog!

Anyway, I'm excited to round out the year with these covers and YouTube projects! Next year, I will aim to have a larger pool of topics again - it'll be one of my resolutions! One final thing I'll mention here: Friday afternoon (December 3rd), I am planning to upload aa video and blog post on a new violin game! I just edited the video this morning, and I think it's a perfect encapsulation of myself. Please keep posted for that if you're interested! I remember doing "Violin Games" as blog posts a long time ago, so it's fun to bring that back, in a way...

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