“the paris incident” world premiere

I was very pleased to be able to attend the world premiere of my orchestra piece, “The Paris Incident”, on July 23rd, at the Urbana High School Auditorium. The Urbana Pops Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Larson, did a fantastic job with a difficult piece, and I couldn’t have been happier. You can see this terrific performance, here! Thanks to Debra Larson for the video footage! Enjoy!...

fitz and walloughs wish you a happy valentines day

Once upon a time, in New York City, there lived a little aspiring composer. He met an incredible performer and a brilliant writer and – together – they created two incredibly bizarre, hilarious, filthy, profane, and ridiculous piece of theatre. The first – “The Only Thing Straight Is My Jacket” – established their dynamic, and netted the performer a Best Actor award at the New York Fringe Festival. The second – “Fitz and Walloughs Get It In The End!” – almost made it to the Fringe Festival, only to be sidelined by the performers completely collapsed lung. The show did go on, a year later, Off-Off-Broadway, at the Ace of Spades, where it ran for a few performances. We made an album of that show, and this is one of the songs I’m most proud of. It likens love to a disgusting infection. Happy Valentine’s...

halloween tunes

The Halloween season always puts me in mind of my skirt/fishnets/combat boots/eyebrow ring/black makeup period/phase/epoch. It was such a liberating and delightful time. Below, please find links to some classic tunes sure to add some genuine gloom to your Halloween party playlist. Siouxsie and the Banshees – Spellbound The Chameleons UK – Swamp Thing The Cure – Fascination Street Sisters of Mercy – Temple of Love Cocteau Twins – Lazy Calm...

“southern cross” in the black lives matter film competition

This lovely film (after the fold) that I had the pleasure of scoring, back when I was an MFA candidate at Columbia College Chicago, is in the running to be a part of the #BlackLivesMatter Film Festival, sponsored by Shadow and Act, the Black and African Diaspora film blog. Directed by Kameishia Wooten, and featuring some singing from Mae Crosby and myself. Check it...

“bowes academy” – this weekend

Bowes Academy has been tearing it up in the film festival circuit, lately. I wrote a bonkers orchestral score for it, and Jeffery Dennis Smith wrote a magnificent “alma mater” song, performed beautifully by the Bowesmen. It’s screening in Minneapolis and Fort Lauderdale, this weekend! Be sure to check it out! Minneapolis Underground Film Festival. Thursday, October 8th. 5:00p. St. Anthony Main Theatre. 115 Main St. SE. Minneapolis, MN. 55414. Miami and Fort Lauderdale (MiFo) LGBT Film Festival. Sunday, October 11th. 5:15p. Cinema Paradiso. 503 SE 6th Street. Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 33301.    ...

new projects

Two projects that I’m attached to are currently in the last stages of their crowdfunding campaigns. Please take a minute to check out these great film and TV projects, and consider supporting them. Market Value is a dramatic feature dealing with issues surrounding LGBT adoption rights and illegal adoption. They’ve already finished filming, and they are crowdsourcing funding for post-production (which includes me!). Here is the trailer: Market Value Film | Teaser Trailer from Wendell Etherly on Vimeo. Easy Abby is the #1 web series in America, with over 30 million views! They are getting ready to shoot Season 2, and they have a perk-filled IndieGoGo campaign to entice you. Here’s an episode (potentially NSFW): Writing music for wildly different projects, like these, is always such a joy (and it keeps my brain on its toes). I’m looking so forward to getting started. Thanks for your...