A word from the composer!
Dylan MarcAurele here! I composed the score for THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN TOYS, and in honor of my flying in to see the show tonight, Larry asked if I’d write a guest blog post about composing.
My composing process is not glamorous. Ideas for music tend to strike me randomly throughout the day, so I record voice memos. As of this moment, my 3-year old phone has 930 voice memos. Most of them are embarrassing — yelling melodies outside a screeching subway train, mumbling chord progressions in the middle of the night — and they generally have names like… “Bad idea”… “Good idea maybe?”… and of course, “Final Final Final Final”.
The next step for me is to ‘properly’ record a song at a piano so I can share it with the other writers. But rest assured, it still isn’t glamorous, because I happen to have the vocal range of a wounded cow. Furthermore, at least once per voice memo I will either (a) yell a curse because I played a wrong note, or (b) break down laughing. Sometimes both.