versions for various ensembles (2000/2001/2002/2003) 10″-2′
published by Sweet Child Music
- commissioned by North Country Public Radio
- recorded by the Potsdam Pointercounts, Off the Hook, private issue
My partner Todd Moe works as morning host for North Country Public Radio. In 2000, I was asked by the station to write theme music for Todd’s show. I was given somewhat specific parameters: the main version of the theme should be 58-59″ long; it should begin with a few seconds of attention-grabbing music, but then quickly subside to allow for voice-over; it should be peppy and upbeat, but not too strident; it should be able to mix well with newscasts, classical music, jazz, folk music, etc. We also decided to have a number of different versions of the theme in different lengths and different styles (modeled after the catchy music for NPR’s All things Considered): 5” buttons to punctuate after news stories, as well as 30”-2′ versions to use as transitions between different segments of the show. Whew!
The first batch that I wrote had two basic styles, with a small mix of instruments. Over the next couple of years I would periodically write more versions of the theme, using an even wider variety of styles and instrumentation. I eventually wrote around 70 versions of the theme. It was a fun little diversion to work on this project over the years, and it’s heartening to know that every morning at 8:20 am tens of thousands of people are listening to a little bit of my music.