This is my standard for composing and arranging. The stories I experience while watching Star Trek have such a deep and profound impact on me that I wish to recreate those experiences through my music. Many shows place us in moral dilemmas that are more often than not left partially unanswered, challenging the viewer to think deeper both about personal and societal experiences and issues.
This is hands down the greatest movie ever created. Perhaps it’s more of an influence on my life and personality than on my music, but nonetheless, if you’ve talked with me, you’ve heard me talk about Airplane. I could go into many deeper discussions around the beauty of this movie, but ask me that at one of my gigs. All you really need to know is that it is the greatest movie ever made.
Of all of the Monty Python works I have seen, I’d say the Flying Circus has been the most impactful. What I love about this kind of humor is its ability to always surprise you. The sudden turns and absurdness are what make the show pop. Life is too short to only experience that which is expected, so shouldn’t music always be filled with surprises?
Calvin and Hobbes
Bill Watterson’s creation is one of the most powerful, beautiful, provoking, and humorous creations. The juxtapositions often created through the serious questions brought up and the absurd imaginings of Calvin and Hobbes creates a magical and compelling world. But, most impactful on me has been the unending sense of exploration he creates, whether that be looking beneath a rock or digging into life’s most challenging questions. In the words of Calvin during the final comic, “It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy…let’s go exploring!”