Yesterday at the third day of ASCAP EXPO 2017 I had a wonderful time. First I went to a workshop with Mick Guzauski about technical aspects of mixing a song or album. Interesting stuff! He has worked with Daft Punk, Prince, Talking Heads, and many others. Then I attended the Master Session with Michael Abels. He did the score for the film “Get Out.” Although this was his first feature length film score, he contributed invaluably to the scary and unsettling effects of this highly successful film through his mastery of composition. A fascinating story of how film music is composed and put together.
Lastly, I was at thrilled to see Stevie Wonder accept the ASCAP “Key of Life Award” for his remarkable achievements in music, producing, and making the world a better place. Singer and actress Janelle Monae did an excellent job interviewing him through words and his music about his incredible career. Stevie said that everyone there should express themselves through music but “do it with love.” He was not afraid to get political, although he was warned it would hurt his career. A child prodigy, with his first hit at age 12, music just pours out of him. He also has a wonderful sense of humor. A remarkable human being, and immensely talented.
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I had a good time attending the first day of the ASCAP EXPO yesterday in Hollywood. This is an outstanding conference for musicians and music producers at all levels to advance their skills and network with others in their field. Friendly folks there too. I attended one workshop on proper microphone technique, very helpful; and later learned about publicity and PR tips for musicians. Then they had a reception with great live music and delicious nibbles.
The EXPO continues through tomorrow 4/15/17 at Loews Hollywood Hotel. Lots of fun and highly recommended. For tickets and more information, visit ascap.com/eventsawards/events/expo For more photos visit my Flickr page here: flickr.com/photos/joybennett.
History buffs and golf enthusiasts particularly will enjoy this straightforward, well-told true tale about two of the most important figures in history of golf. The Scottish father-son pair of Tom Morris and his son Tommy Morris figured prominently in the development of the modern game of golf.
Tom Morris was an excellent golfer and golf course designer, and helped bring golf to the modern game we know today, enjoyed all over the world by millions. His son Tommy was an even better golfer than his father, the best golfer of the nineteenth century. Tommy Morris would have set many more records had he not tragically passed away at the young age of 24.
This well-told film is beautifully photographed and well-acted by an outstanding cast, including Sam Neill and Peter Mullan. Directed by Jason Connery, the film releases April 14th, 2017. An enjoyable, fascinating story for golfers and non-golfers alike.
The ASCAP EXPO is coming up! Now in its 12 year, this unique and outstanding conference for established and emerging musicians, producers, and songwriters is being held on April 13th to April 15th in Hollywood. It's an excellent place to network, hone your craft, enjoy the company of your fellow artists, and generally bask in the glow of the incredible talent this industry offers. Tickets and more information are available here: ascap.com/expo. See you there!
I was thrilled to attend the reception last night for the upcoming COLCOA French Film Festival held at the French Consul Residence in Beverly Hills. This elegant event introduced the upcoming COLCOA Film Festival coming up April 24th to May 2 to be held at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. COLCOA stands for City of Light, City of Angels and is a film festival highlighting French films, TV shows, web series and shorts. They even have some short virtual reality productions available for the first time this year!
Francois Truffart, the COLCOA Executive Producer and Artistic Director, gave a fascinating talk about the upcoming festival, discussed some of the featured films and series, and how they go about making the final selections for the festival.
All screenings will be in French with English subtitles or English. They also offer several screenings and events that are free on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets and more information on the festival are available at colcoa.org.
The setting for the reception was outside on a beautiful, cool evening, with elegant champagne, and delicious hors d’oeuvres were passed after the talks. More photos from the event are available on my Flickr site here: flickr.com/photos/joybennett/. Very much looking forward to the festival! I will cover more of it here later on this month.