Watching TV Will Never Be The Same

Washington, DC / Dec. 13, 2012 / by Chris
Watching TV Will Never Be The Same

There are a great many reasons why people thought we were crazy embarking on our year on the bus. Among the many objections, folks pointed out that, with the exception of Steven and, to some extent, Amy Chin, none of us has ever done anything like this year on a professional level. I felt particularly nervous about this aspect, as before this year my compositional experience was mostly amateur, mostly for fun rather than worrying about the quality of the output. So it's been extremely gratifying, and a little surprising, that the music quality for our videos has been quite high. Particularly when I consider that everything in both Album:America and our profile pieces was recorded in noisy RV parks in the back of a minivan, I feel pretty good about how this year has gone (I hope you do too!).

The experience has made watching television and movies very different than it was a year ago. I find myself not only noticing the music in the background of the TV shows we watch more, but playing a game with myself of "what sort of direction did the composer get that produced this?" It's a very entertaining game if you're a nerdy composer like me, although I imagine it is less fun for everyone else. This is just one of the ways my year on the Bus has changed me; we all have many, but I'm willing to wager that all are positive.