By Brian Donovan
© 2008-2009, Brian Donovan. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission (Please do not reprint without asking permission!)
When I was younger, I tried to find time to be creative. What I
found was that I had to make the time. But as I made that time,
something else happened: real life always found a way to disturb my
over the years, I have found numerous ways to make that all-important
creative time for myself and yet, all of my family members still love
me, my friends still talk to me and I have even found outside interests
(surprisingly) that fill me with a whole new intensity that creativity
could never fill. The outcome of these lessons is "Music Life" - a
column about how to make your creative life and your everyday life
peacefully, and productively, co-exist. Join me, and I'll give you
easy ways to be a musician yet enjoy your everyday life during your
A short bio
Music Life: 10 - Allowing Yourself To Create Crap -
Creating a great idea can be daunting. Allow yourself to create some crap to take the pressure off...
Music Life: 01 - Creative and Everyday Can Co-Exist -
Want to devote your life to your music, but the selling of your soul has your personal life in shambles? Here's how to make your creative life and your everyday life peacefully, and productively, co-exist.
Music Life: 02 - How NOT to Practice -
This month, we'll set goals to make our practicing SO efficient, that we'll hardly have to practice at all . . .
Music Life: 03 - Practicing With NO Instrument -
If you're a human being, you won't ALWAYS be near your instrument to practice. Here's how to bridge that gap...
Music Life: 04 - Music By Myself? Or Live As A Group? -
Relationship issues? Blame your music. Here's the way that I solved the life vs. music dilemma.
Music Life: 05 - Technology Is Your Songwriting Partner -
Too many gadgets in your pockets: a pen, paper, a recorder of some kind? Just trying to decipher what you need to turn your ideas into completed songs? This is how I do it everyday.
Music Life: 06 - MUSICAL PRODUCTIVITY! - Part 1 - Organize Musical Ideas -
We started talking about the wealth of ideas you carry in your head: how to collect them, how to organize them all and how to make them into something you can be proud of. This installment, we cover the organization of those small ideas that turn into BIG profits. Both emotionally and monetarily.
Music Life: 07 - MUSICAL PRODUCTIVITY! - Part 2 - Write Scratch-Versions of Songs -
We've been discussing how to get more of your music completed when you seem to have just a slew of musical ideas, but never seem to finish a single one of them. Here's the next step: how to write rough songs using your collected ideas as a starting point.
Music Life: 08 - MUSICAL PRODUCTIVITY! - Part 3 - Arrange Scratch-Vers. Into DEMOS -
...the next step in making your musical productivity a reality...
Music Life: 09 - MUSICAL PRODUCTIVITY! - Part 4 - Record Final Performances -
The final chapter in a saga of information about going from inspiration to final recording...
Music Life: 11 - Creating The Perfect Songwriting Studio -
I've developed the most professional, yet minimalistic list of gear for an amazing (and amazingly simple) songwriting/demo recording studio. And I share my thoughts on how you can implement it to make your songwriting an effortless and gratifying part of your day that doesn't interfere with the rest of your life. Here is that list, now...
Music Life: 12 - Omni Focus And My Lyrics -
I'm always on the lookout for a new system that makes my creativity easier to manage. Recently I stumbled onto Omni Focus by The Omni Group...and it has changed my creative life forever! Hopefully, it will change YOUR creative life as well...
Brian creates custom songs and production music for film, trailers, tv, commercials, recording artists, video games & apps.
Brian is a multi-instrumentalist who writes, arranges, performs, and records in many genres using his own studio with fast turnaround times and reasonable rates. He is an ideal choice for producers, directors, and music supervisors as he has worked in all of those capacities and so he has a deep understanding of their needs. He makes it a point to combine his musical and technical abilities on projects with respectful, customer-driven relationships and outstanding communication. In addition, he is an experienced audio engineer with expertise in editing, mixing, and mastering and so he provides these services for his clients as well.
After graduating from Berklee College of Music with a Production & Engineering degree, Brian moved to southern California in the late 1990's. There he began his career by working with many well known recording artists and companies, such as Barry Manilow, Mickey Rooney, ABC, The CW Network, and Disney. Since then, he has served as playback editor for countless live performances, and as music supervisor/editor for both network television and several book-on-tape projects for The National Archives. Even when not working on a specific project, Brian easily finds himself editing audio just for fun.
Brian fluently writes in many styles, such as hard rock, pop/rock, orchestral, electronic, atmospheric, and children's music, to name just a few. Occasionally, he will release a record of his own personal pop/rock music as well. Most recently, Brian has been composing music for the second season of the Syfy Network's tv show, Ghost Mine.
In short, Brian delivers great music, fast. For any medium. In many styles.
Occasionally, as is the case with his latest record, Mugu Point, Brian releases and album of his own personal music.
You can listen to Mugu Point in it's entirety on his website: www.Brian Donovan.com