Traveling to Madrid

Dan Spain (2011)

I’m off to Spain for the 7th International Film Music Festival in Ubeda, Spain.  Like last year, this year I’m a guest, talking for an hour or so about the work I do with La-La Land Records. (They’re all at Comic-Con this week, so I won’t be joining them like last year.)  The flight to Dallas was fine, but for long-haul international flights, American Airlines really needs to step it up a notch. There was not only no in-flight WiFi …

LAX to Atlanta

Dan Boston

The problem with red-eye flights in general is that I can never seem to get any decent amount of sleep on them. I’ve been dealing with a stiff neck for the past week or so, so this flight was going to be rough either way.  Compounding the situation was the brevity of the flight – it was only 3.5 hours, which was hardly enough time to get any reasonable amount of sleep.  I probably only got 30 minutes of shut-eye. …

Backscattered at LAX

Dan Boston

After a nice dinner at Tender Greens, I was taken to LAX for my red-eye flight to Hartford, via Atlanta.  I had pre-checked in from home, so I just needed to go through security.  There was not much of a line, and after placing my carry-on bag, my laptop bag, my laptop, my jacket, my belt, my wallet, my shoes and my cellphone all through the X-ray machine, I was then directed to go through the new controversial full body …

Taking a Bite out of The Big Apple

Dan New York City (2010)

I’m off to New York City today, for the first time in (I think) over six years.  The weather here in Los Angeles is appropriately terrible; thunderstorms and pouring rain.  In NYC, it’s raining right now as well, but the next few days are supposed to be gorgeous – sunny and in the high 60s/low 70s.  I’ll be attending a book signing on Thursday, and a concert on Friday night; look for more details as they happen. I’ll also be …

DC to Los Angeles

Dan Spain (2010)

The flight from DC to LA was rather uneventful – the excitement was when I arrived in LA, and had a slew of messages wondering if I was on a flight that had been diverted to Denver. Turns out that the 5pm flight from Dulles to LAX encountered severe turbulence, people were injured, and the flight was diverted to Denver.  Wow.  The original flight I was supposed to take was the one before the diverted flight, and so I never had an …

Traveling from LA to Madrid

Dan Spain (2010)

I’m heading to Ubeda, Spain, to attend the 6th Annual Film Music Festival. While I had gone three years ago as a journalist covering the event for SoundtrackNet, this time I’m going as a panelist, and will be speaking about my work producing soundtracks with La-La Land Records. I’ll also be making some pretty big announcements there, about some of our upcoming releases! The two-leg flight started from LA and took me to Washington Dulles International Airport, and starting bright …

Frankfurt to Los Angeles

Dan Poland (2010)

The flight from Frankfurt to Los Angeles ended up taking off about 2.5 hours late. We did make up a little bit of time in the air, but still showed up pretty late.  I had a window seat towards the front of economy class, and the guy next to me on the aisle seat was an older, heavier Italian man who didn’t really understand the concept of personal space. I did manage to get a little sleep, so I should …

Los Angeles to Frankfurt to Krakow

Dan Poland (2010)

I’m off to Poland for the 3rd Film Music Festival in Krakow, where I’ll be attending as a guest, and participating on three panels.  In addition to the panels, I’ll be attending the concerts (Tan Dun, Shigeru Umebayashi), and am eagerly looking forward to the final night, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, with full orchestra/choir accompanying the film live synced to the picture.  I’m flying Lufthansa Airlines, which I’ve never taken before.  I have a layover in …

A Quick Boston Trip

Dan Boston

I’m heading to Boston today for a quick trip, to visit my new nephew (born last week!) and represent my sister and grandmother at the Brit Milah.  Got a decent deal on the flights (using frequent flier miles), and I’m looking forward to it.  I got to LAX pretty quickly (thanks Patrick!), and as I am doing all carry-on luggage, I zipped right through security and got to the gate about 50 min before boarding.  Not too shabby! Update: Not …

Flight to LA

Dan Boston

The flight to Boston was alright – the electrical outlet in my seat wasn’t active for most of the flight (they said that active power would “cycle” through different rows throughout the flight, but it only came on once and for only 15-minutes), so my laptop battery got pretty low.  We hit a bit of bad turbulence over Colorado, and dropped about 1,000 feet in 30 seconds. Pretty exciting (and scary) stuff, but the rest of the flight was uneventful. …