• Arrangements,  Upcoming Projects

    “Same Drugs” string quintet

    I’ve decided to branch out a bit from arranging for guitar, but I am still keeping it in the family. My first string quintet arrangement is going to be of Chance the Rapper’s melancholic lament of diverging relationships in “Same Drugs.” I was originally going to orchestrate for a brass quintet, but a bassoon doesn’t quite capture the same mood as swelling strings. A bassoon sounds like a shoulder shrug after the loss of the relationship, whereas strings can convince you that not only did someone important depart from your life, but your heart walked out of your chest and went with them. I have to admit, after working on…

  • Upcoming Projects

    SMP Press ArrangeMe Program

    Sheet Music Plus has recently started this fantastic program that allows arrangers to compose to create new versions of songs that are still held in copyright. Rather than having to personally get permission from the copyright holder, SMP has already taken care of the legal work. All the creator needs to do is add the copyright credits provided by SMP into the copyrights of the new arrangement.  When a title is sold, SMP uses a portion of the sales to pay the original copyright holders and then even supplies the arranger with a small commission.  This frees myself, and many others, from exclusively arranging works in public domain (although that…