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Becoming a Film Composer: What Does It Take?

Becoming a Film Composer: What Does It Take?

Todd Thommes, a transplant for Los Angeles, has been trying to break into film scoring for two decades. He worked in Hollywood as a script reader and other jobs, while trying to make contacts in the music industry. Hollywood is a competitive environment and this was in an age before the proliferation of music on the internet. Mr. Thommes got a gig playing at the Sofitel Hotel. There he mostly played jazz piano. He met a few jazz greats, but none led to the big break.

Fall Festival: Phoenix Turns Up the Fun

Fall Festival: Phoenix Turns Up the Fun

Phoenix, Arizona – The 2019 Phoenix Fall Festival took place on November 2, 2019 from 10AM to 4 PM in Nance Park in downtown Phoenix. The Festival has been in operation for fifteen years and has become a Phoenix tradition.

Music is Magic: The Creative Journey

Music is Magic: The Creative Journey

Phoenix, AZ – Todd Thommes, a composer and musician, is an Arizona transplant from Los Angeles and has begun doing commissioned independent compositions for various people, especially those with podcasts. He began playing the piano at four years old – when he used to be awakened by his mother playing Chopin on the downstairs piano.

The Irish in the Desert

The Irish in the Desert

Phoenix, Arizona – The McClelland Irish Center in Phoenix, Arizona has been in existence for twenty years and its landmark building is downtown and not far from several Phoenix art museums. The building is cobbled gray stone with a grand entrance way. It is distinctive in this desert city.

Dirty, Rotten Tariffs

Dirty, Rotten Tariffs

In the midst of a trade war with China, Trump has started a trade war with Mexico. He has threatened to implement a 5% tariff on all imports from Mexico if they don’t stem the flow of migrants into the USA. Republicans are not unanimously behind Trump. As of June 5, 2019 Trump is still in Europe and Republicans are trying to deal with questions regarding the tariffs.

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