Presenting: Music Program Notes!

I am proud to present Music Program Notes, an exciting new resource for ensemble directors, music educators, students, and anyone else with a general interest in music history!

Program notes are short paragraphs or essays providing details about a composition and its composer, and can usually be found in a program accompanying the performance of the composition. They often provide historical notes about the time period, the composer’s thoughts behind the composition, and sometimes a critic’s interpretation in order to establish a setting or capture the audience’s imagination.

Several program note resources exist today, both online and in print. These resources; however, are typically designed for one genre, one ensemble type, or contributed to by one author. Music Program Notes is a free, volunteer-powered, collaborative database of program notes for all genres and ensemble types, and anyone is welcome to contribute or use the program notes in our database for any non-commercial or educational purpose.

Music Program Notes opened silently to 7 select individuals on March 30th. In the 23 days since then, we have accumulated program notes for 68 compositions and are anticipating rapid growth now that the database is open to the public.

Update: Music Program notes has moved and is now titled Program Notes.

Frost: Release Candidate

The talented team behind Fauna recently released a near-final Fauna release candidate, packed with several bug fixes, code optimizations, overall improvements, and new features. Due to the massive amount of welcomed changes, Frost required a small update to retain its compatibility with Fauna. After a very easy-going update process, and a few bug/typo fixes, I am proud to say that Frost RC is now available for anyone looking to add a different shade of colors to Fauna RC.

Frost is “a cool and refreshing style” for Fauna, inspired by frost, ice, snow, and winter in general. If you’re looking to make a change to your blog’s theme, try Frost today!

Email Subscription Button

After Bryan added more subscription options to his blog, I decided to do the same. I chose iFeedReaders to provide other MacManX.com subscription options and FeedBlitz to provide an email subscription option. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a decent generic email subscription button, so I whipped this one up last night using the email icon from Mark James’ Silk Icons. Feel free to use it on your blog too.


Enter Splash Panel

Splash Panel, created by Khaled of Broken Kode fame, is a blog dedicated to reviewing only the best graphic novels and I am overjoyed to announce that Khaled has chosen me to be Splash Panel’s first staff writer! I have been a fan of comics for as long as I can remember and a collector of graphic novels for about ten years. This new opportunity at Splash Panel will allow me to share my opinions on some of the best works of literary fiction, regardless of form. My first review will be published shortly, but don’t let that stop you from reading the rest of Splash Panel’s excellent reviews.

Presenting: Frost!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am proud to present my first custom theme style, Frost! Frost is “a cool and refreshing style” for Fauna, inspired by frost, ice, snow, and winter in general. If you’re looking to make a change to your blog’s theme, try Frost today!