David Michael

David Michael

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Making Music with Words

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Clovis, NM
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About Me



Well, my name's not actually Michael Wolfe.... That might get me into trouble; people tend to not like it when you don't use your true identity.... oh well. Now you know, so you can't get mad! I've always liked the idea of a pseudonym anyways. (Speaking of pseudonyms, here's an interesting article on pseudonyms.) Michael Wolfe is the name of one of my first characters, and I liked it enough that it's become something of an alter ego for me (strange, considering I don't really care for the character in hindsight...) At least I'll give you my true age - don't mind you knowing that: years (and it's generated by Javascript, so it's always accurate).Who I Am

What I DoI claim to enjoy writing, but I always seem to do more whining about wanting to write than actual writing. Especially since coming to college and taking 17-18 hours every semester. It's hard to get in the groove of writing "in the cracks". Anyways, I'm hoping this might be a way to encourage me to actually write. Keep me accountable, folks!
     Besides writing, my other primary hobbies are music (see below) and programming, specifically web programming. I haven't published an official site yet, but I've made plenty of javascript apps and proto-sites. I also like D&D, socializing, and smoothies. I'm constantly craving the last, and sadly my town has no good smoothies in it! :( Well... it did, and then they stopped making them. Schade, so ist das Leben.


MusicI'm a musician first and foremost. I am double majoring in music and English, but music really is my greater passion. However, they are not so dissimilar, music and language. In fact, there are interesting connections and parallels between them, which I have been exploring in my college work.
     I play the piano, though I'm not focusing on it, and I'm trying to learn the cello and guitar - and failing in those goals... I love music theory, just as I love programming and the linguistic aspect of my English major. (It would seem that both sides of my brain are quite active, being simultaneously creatively-bent and overly analytical.) I also compose - easy-listening piano music, orchestral and ensemble music (which is often described as sounding like "movie music"), and modern "drum-beat" music with lyrics.


ExperienceI actually work as a tutor for writers at my university, so perhaps this lends some credence to the reviews I write.... Or maybe working there has just ruined me, and made me a crotchety, disillusioned paper reader! Watch out everyone when I'm having a bad day at work! Bwaaa
     Yep. But on that note, you're welcome to send me read requests, as long as you're willing to accept honest criticism (not mean criticism, mind you; just honest). Don't expect super quick responses, though, as I'm not getting paid to review your work :P


Why I'm HereAs writers, we want feedback. Growing up and loving the works of Tolkien and Lewis, the concept of the Inklings really appealed to me - I wished I could be a part of a group like that. (For those who don't know, the Inklings were Tolkien, Lewis, and company. They would meet to discuss writing in general and to have a forum in which they could give readings of their works in progress and critique each other.) Sounds a lot like Writer's Cafe, right? Since being here, however, I have found a lot of sycophantic behavior, which has been slightly disillusioning. I'm not giving up, though! There's plenty of good stuff on here too.
     So what exactly am I after? Well thought-out, honest, constructive reviews of my work. I love "I loved this piece, it was amazing" comments, don't get me wrong, but I don't believe all of it is anything that great, and I'm not wanting people to tell me that it is amazing - unless they can tell me WHY it's amazing. I would also like to be able to be honest with those who ask me to review them. I won't flatter, but I also won't belittle.
     Be an Inkling with me! =D

'Write a Song With Me' Contest


Periodically I will host a contest of this name. In the contest description, I have basic rules provided. However, for those who desire more info, they will be directed here.

WHAT
Submit your best candidates for lyrics, any genre any topic. The winners will have their lyrics put to music. Once completed (see WHEN below), a copy of the musical score in PDF format will be emailed to the respective winners. Depending on musical style, an MP3 realization (with strings likely replacing the vocal part) of the score will accompany it. If it is recorded, a recording will also be given.

HOW
You can go about this a couple of ways:
  • You could start out thinking of them as lyrics, imagining epic musical swells and pulses as you write it. You may perhaps submit it with verses, bridges, and chorus already defined, with a rhythmic flow, rhyme scheme, and even an envisioned musical genre.
  • Or, you could simply write poetry as poetry (my preference... just sayin'), but poetry which you feel begs to be set to some kind of music, even if the words have to be altered somewhat to fit the music.

WHEN & WHO
No guarantees can be made on when (or realistically even if) the music will be completed, though I will try my utmost to get it done within one lifetime. I am a college student who has to compose for his composition lessons, which doesn't always leave much time for personal composing. If possible, I will fit it into my lessons, but that depends on the nature of the poetry. (My lessons focus on classical styles, not pop country rock etc etc, so if the words clearly require those latter types of setting, they'll have no place in lessons.)

WHY
I am a composer. I love the union of exquisite words and compelling melodies, the complementary nature of the two mediums and how each can enhance the other. No matter how many amazing ideas a composer has for music, at times he also needs inspiring words to accompany them. Sure, I could peruse tomes of renowned poetry, but why not give you, my fellow writers, the chance?


THE FINE PRINT - LITERALLY
While it's not likely that these pieces will progress any further than a personal project, in the improbable event that recording, publication, or sales occur, winners of course retain all rights and their names are always clearly acknowledged. If possible, they will be contacted in the event of sales to discuss transactions. As I have no plans of making sales, no contract is provided at the outset and thus I and all participants are agreeing to rely on the honor system. A contract may later be drawn up if the winner desires it. The winner may also elect to give up rights to either royalties or even ownership if so desired, at which point a contract will be formalized to avoid the potentiality of lawsuits.

DISCLAIMERS
  1. Firstly, when I choose "winners", I am making no comment on the quality of the other poetry. I may very well wish I could set many of them. However, writing three (quality) compositions any time soon is already stretching it. Nor am I making any comment on the non-winning poems' worthiness of being set to music. I am simply choosing what appeals most to my style. Another composer likely may have chosen differently.
  2. Secondly, I reserve the right to not set poems to music. I cannot commit to forcing myself to set words that I don't feel or which just don't work musically for me.
  3. Thirdly, no guarantees can be made that my choice of musical style will please the respective winners. In the same vein, poets can indicate any style they might have been envisioning, but cannot demand or require any specific style, any more than Goethe could instruct Schubert on how to write his Lieder. All I can guarantee is that I will remain true to the words as I felt them.





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Posted 5 Years Ago


Wow, you poured some heart and labor into this profile! I've actually always wanted to write a song. Not jumping at it right this second with so many things on my plate, but very cool that you've put your collab targets right there, so clearly. I'm definitely glad you got in touch one-to-one. Hope to hear back from you when you've got time... consider this the more-detailed reply I moaned about not having time for :D

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Posted 6 Years Ago


Hey, Michael,

I just read the article about pseudonyms you recomended. I found it quite interesting, indeed. Thanks for being a friend. I enjoy your work. :-)

Caitlin Lea

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Posted 6 Years Ago


Thank you for the friend request and also your wonderful reviews. Each one means so much to me! I'm looking forward to exploring your writing as well. Have a terrific day!

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Posted 6 Years Ago


Thank you.. just in a mood :) xx

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Posted 6 Years Ago


Oh its no problem.(: I appreciate you reading and reviewing my poems in general! Thankyou(:

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Posted 6 Years Ago


thanks for the review! :)