chronister

Before I give you this (*fist still clenched*) Let me tell you about willingness. One of the most willing people I ever knew was a gymnast I helped coach years ago when I was working for Artistic Sports Academy Plus. Her name was Megan Chronister (she's married now), and she is who this next song is named after.

It was the summer before her senior year when Megan first came ASAP. "She was a mediocre level 10 with a broken spirit" according to the words of the head coach, Barry Mattern who nurtured her to believe in herself to the point of unwavering commitment. It was with that commitment, that willingness, that she qualified to Nationals for the first time ever in her last and final season as a Junior Olympic athlete. After that, she went on to compete four years at Bowling Green and has since completed PT school, got married and is expecting her first child I believe. With willingness, there's no limit to what you can achieve. I like the motto of Indepreneur: DO THE WORK. LIVE THE DREAM.

One year I had the privilege of writing Megan's floor music. As a gymnastics coach and a composer, I found a niche in writing music for gymnasts because I knew what the physical elements called for and could write musical elements to compliment. Megan's song was written in two distinct parts as you can hear HERE which I later split into two separate songs. I titled Megan's floor music "The Chronister Effect" because it was her last name. The name actually refers to 'the descendant of Chronis; or Chronos (time--which I find fitting for a song with mixed meters), but the word 'Chronister' sounded like a cross between 'chronic' and 'sinister' and I just though it sounded bad-ass, so I kept it. Of course in gymnastics, the routine music can be only 1 minute and 30 seconds max, but I loved the 2nd half of the song so much that I extracted it from the gymnastics song and made it longer. HERE is that song. Some years later I re-orchestrated it while at the University of Tennessee studying music theory and composition, and it was performed by the UT Studio Orchestra. It may not have been the best performance ever, but for one of the first times in my life, my music was being performed, and I was not alone in its performance. For that, I will always be grateful.

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