Ep 57-Rain Worthington on How to Make an Album

Ep 57-Rain Worthington on How to Make an Album

World music, minimalism and romanticism influence Worthington’s compositional style. Worthington’s music takes “…ideas of American musical style to a new place – like a walk in a familiar, yet very different park.” and “music which speaks to the senses, is packed with real emotion and, most important of all in contemporary music, really communicates.” Two upcoming highlights include an orchestral premiere of Tracing a Dream, and a CD release of orchestral music, Dream Vapors.


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Composer Rain Worthington discusses the process and importance of creating an album of your music.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Being self-taught
  • Learning counterpoint
  • Trusting your musical instincts
  • Making it all up
  • Comparing yourself to others
  • The CD making process
  • Finding a label that supports the composer
  • Funding a recording on your own
  • Promoting your album
  • Using the CD to get in front of orchestras
  • Connect with and appreciate musicians
  • Believe in your voice
  • Trust yourself and your musical instincts
  • Be respectful in your communication with other people
  • The mysteries of creativity
  • Making the commitment to be a composer

After Rain and I finished the email she sent me this message to be included in the show notes because many of you might find it helpful:

“One key point that I realized I didn’t mention in terms of doing recordings of my music was that the first step I took was to research Fiscal Sponsorship programs.
This was before the whole crowd sourcing thing was happening, and I wanted to set up something so that people could give me donations as tax-deductible contributions. I had looked into various funding and arts organizations, and decided to sign up with an organization in NYC called The Field. So, I’ve been a Sponsored Artist with them for years now and that’s how I have been able to receive tax-deductible donations toward my recordings.”


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  1. Rain Worthington February 11, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Hey Garrett, again, this is so generous – to offer ‪‎contemporary composers, conductors, innovative thinkers in the new music field,‬ the opportunities to talk about music. Really enjoyed doing a segment w you! and the exchange of thoughts in talking with you about my reflections about being a composer and the paths taken toward releasing this orchestral CD, Dream Vapors. Thanks!

  2. Mike Manor February 20, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Thank you Rain for your candid discussion on a being a self taught composer. You are definitely an inspiration to me as I am trying to learn composition on my own well after college. I truly look forward to hearing more from you in the future as I progress in my own studies. Thank you so much!

    • Rain Worthington February 23, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      Hi Mike, Thanks so much for your kind response. So glad to hear that you enjoyed the exchange with Garrett and it was applicable to your own music paths. Wishing you all the best!

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