Monday, June 25, 2012

Back from Africa

I'm back. (I've been back for roughly a week.) Let's recap:
I left for Africa on June 3rd, not knowing anyone in our group of 26 people. We flew to Johannesburg (15 hour flight) and then to Zimbabwe. The Zim is currently in a drought, so we had no showers for about a week. (Honestly, it wasn't too bad. Not only was it the Zim's winter, but there was no humidity. ) This mission trip was different from all the others I've been on, simply because I really bonded with the people in the country. I loved everyone I met. I would live in the Zim in a heartbeat. After a week of ministry, we did some typical touristy things, such as a Safari and Victoria Falls. We then flew back to Johannesburg and then back home. I got back the 15th. Here's some pics:

Saw this Zebra outside Morningstar, the campus we were on.

 Really cool bird.

Crocs. (Got this while on the safari.)

Was really excited when I took this pic!

Rooster! oh yeah

Victoria Falls. Beyond beautiful. 

The road we were staying on with the sun setting. 

I did a lot of rock climbing while in the Zim. (The people
on the trip called me a monkey because, supposedly,
I would scale the rocks and look just like a monkey.)
This is a 4ft gap in two rocks that had a 40ft drop. 
That was interesting to jump across...

Where I'd do my Bible study every morning.
So incredible. 

There are so many more pictures I wish I could share, but there's too many to choose from! This trip was incredible and I'm so thankful God let me be able to go.

Music: Still working on the trailer music album. I've "redone" Swords of the Six (the original can be heard on Scott Appleton's website). I also have to re-mix (not remix, as in doing a different version, but re-mix as in balancing the volume levels of the treble and bass, etc.) I Am Transformer, Beyond Death, and a couple other pieces. So that's taking more time than expected...

It took me forever to decide what to post, but I finally decided to post The Last Thing I Remember. I wrote this probably 2 months ago while I was reading The Homelander Series, by Andrew Klavan. It's based off the first book in the series, The Last Thing I Remember. (As you can tell, it took me forever to come up with a name for the piece. Yes, that was sarcasm. haha) The song is a lot of random themes thrown together that I thought would fit the book. The first half introduces the main theme (the piano motif) and has some action elements, while the second half handles the more emotional side of things. It's kind of in the style of James Newton Howard... what do you think?

I've been side tracking, because this blog was originally meant for me to compose to different genres, which I haven't done in ages. So, hopefully next post I will have a new genre that I composed to.

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

P.S. Question: how many tracks should my trailer album have? I'm around 10 solid tracks right now. Is that not enough or...? I've been noticing the typical trailer album has about 20 or more tracks. If I were to do 20 tracks, I wouldn't finish by the end of summer. What do you think?