Evan Monheit - "The Empress & The Thief"
Few people can say that they are inspired daily by the people the bring close to them. I am lucky enough to be one of those people. Evan Monheit is the kind of talent you don't see every day. He's not loud or effusive about his talent, he is ever understated about the projects he's working on, and yet, his mind is constantly working, scoring a musical backdrop for life, love, and every adventure in between.
One of the first compositions of his that I heard was a short piece called "The Housefly" modeled after the famous "The Flight of the Bumble Bee" that he was inspired to write after a fly got trapped in his house. Immediately I knew that this was someone with talent you don't see, or hear, everyday. I've been lucky enough to watch his journey as he defined his personal writing style and discovered his unique voice as a composer. Now, he's handling more jobs than he knows what to do with and bringing his music around the globe. All I can say is congratulations, because he deserves every bit.
In Evan's own words, here is his bio from his website:
"Hailing from a small town in Northern California, Evan was raised by the most loving and supportive parents a kid could ask for and credits them with motivating him to follow his dreams. He spent his his early years performing in numerous musicals and choirs before ultimately graduating from UC Davis with a B.A. in Communication and emphasis on Music.
Evan has a diverse range of talents (composing / directing / editing) which give him a unique perspective and edge on the many projects he works on. Under the guidance and mentorship of Brian Graden (Southpark) he has directed/edited television sizzles, presentations and pilots for Oxygen, A&E, Freeform, CW, Bravo, E!, HGTV and Spotify.
On the musical side, Evan has composed trailer music for FX (The Assassination of Gianni Versace, FX network promo), 20th Century Fox (Poltergeist), Warner Bros (Batman: Dark Knight Rises, Orphan, Whiteout) and Universal (Cowboys and Aliens, Charlie St. Cloud). He arranged/composed music for composer John Ottman (X-Men: Apocalypse) on The Resident and scored The Chosen (starring Kian Lawley), released by Terror Films. He was the featured composer for Outrageous Kid Parties on TLC and the web show Bloomers.
Most recently Evan worked with RhetroActive, a theme park development company, and composed an assortment of cues for their brand new ride “Agila: the EKsperience” at The Enchanted Kingdom theme park in Manila, Philippines."
So today, with adventure and awe, I choose Evan Monheit's "The Empress & The Theif" as my, find your own magic, create your own opportunity, shake off the dust and get back to it, song for a, why not, get excited, who know's what's around the next turn, Wednesday.