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November 17, 2009

So, I was driving around one day, minding my own business, when my Blackberry told me that I had received a lovely e-mail from my dear friend Anonymous, or Corrie for short. Always excited over the links she sends me, I swerved over to the highway median and clicked on the link. (Why the median and not the shoulder, you ask? So that I can get back in the fast lane quicker!) The link directed me to a posting for someone needing a violin score for a short film. I laughed, whimsically smiled and wrote her back.

Dear Corrie,

Thank you for sending me the violin link. I am flattered that you would think of me, but I am NOT a composer. Except for that one-time experiment for the Salon, I do not write my own music. I can play other people’s music…but I don’t do the writing thing. Thank you! Hugs, Love and Kisses…Me.

Within 2 minutes, she wrote back.

Dear Alisa,

First of all, you need to take those first four sentences and shove them up your a@#. When will you realize that you can DO this? It’s only TWO AND A HALF MINUTES OF FILM!!!!! This is something you can absolutely do or else I wouldn’t have wasted my time sending you the link. It could be a great opportunity for you to delve more into music! How dare you disrespect MY time with your irrational fears over something you are completely capable of doing! I don’t like your tone and as for the supposed “hugs, love and kisses”…there’s nothing droll about it.


Everyone needs an a@# kicking friend in their corner. Without her, I wouldn’t have done it. If I had even found the posting on my own, I probably would have lazed it away in the back of my mind as something I’ll do in the future…when I’m ready. Corrie, you are all the gods and goddesses on Mt. Olympus combined into one amazing lady. Thank you.

So, I e-mailed the guy, thinking I’d have a snowball’s chance anyway and didn’t wait for a reply. But a reply came. I knew there was no turning back now, so I dove in and clung to the spine of my musical education and tackled the concept with open arms.

There is a sense of fearlessness when you just let go and trust in what you know…and I knew that I should be able to write a 2 1/2 minute piece of music! Long story short, I had 2 hours to write the piece and then record myself playing it. Yes, I wish I had time to flesh out the middle part of the piece. Yes, I wish I had a professional violinist to play it. But the beauty of indie work, especially during crunch time, is that if you want something done, you have to do it yourself. And I am glad I did. I actually got paid, met some lovely people and tackled my fear of failing. I’m very proud of myself and proud of the work I did. Thank you to Corrie and William Hall for providing me with this opportunity! Click on the words, “Kindness in Marble” below to have a listen. 😉

Kindness in Marble


Myself, William Hall (writer, director, producer) and the fabulous Kristina Denton

To learn more about the amazing ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT REELS film festival, click here.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Mel permalink
    November 17, 2009 5:49 pm

    I am stupid proud of you. Beautiful.

  2. Peaches permalink
    January 8, 2010 5:17 pm

    That music is gorgeous.
    I hope you write more soon, I’d love to hear it.



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