The Girls On The Ground Floor

Kevin B. Winebold and Charlotte Munson in Master Class

Kevin B. Winebold and Charlotte Munson in Master Class

I got to wear my composer hat today, for the first time in a long time (like a really long time).  Last May I filmed a web series called The Girls On The Ground Floor.  A friend of mine got together with another friend to create the series, then her friend Blayne wrote the script while my friend Abby acted as producer and SAG/AFTRA liason.  It was an all-hands-on-deck process, which I love.  When we weren’t in a scene, we were holding a light for the director, who was also DP/Camera Op, or we were moving furniture out of the way for the next scene.  We kept joking anytime someone did something besides act, saying “I’ll make sure you get IMDB credit for that.” Blayne mentioned she wanted music for the episode while I was there, and Abby told her that I was a musician, and I could write something.  And that was that, a composer was born. Me being me, though, I kept dropping the ball and forgetting to write anything, so I was sure I’d be replaced.  Luckily, the director/dp/camera op, who just so happens to be editing the project, added the title of husband to his resume since we filmed, so he hasn’t been rushing to finish Ground Floor. Blayne called last week and we made an appointment to get together today so I could play through some ideas for her.  She wanted something Randy Newman-esque, so I tried my best.  I came up with two theme song ideas that could also be broken down into five beat chunks (I’m sure there’s a better term for that) that could be used for transitions. The melodies were really catchy, at list to me, so I was excited to play them for her.  But I was also incredibly nervous!  If I was suggesting public domain music that I played for her and she didn’t like it, it wouldn’t be personal.  But I wrote these, and I was so afraid that I’d proudly play her the songs, and she’d just look at me and say “no, that’s not what I had in mind.  What else can you come up with?” Luckily, she loved it!  She hugged me, hugged me again, and then once more for good measure.  So with the nerves gone, we broke the songs down, deciding what pieces to use for which part of each episode.  All I’ve gotta do now is go to a studio in midtown to record them into Garage Band; I could do it at home, but I’d rather use an acoustic piano. Hopefully it won’t be another nine months for me to remember to get to work! (and in case you’re wondering, the photo above is from Master Class.  but it’s kind of what it looked like today with me at the piano, and Blayne standing behind as I nervously played)

Pin It