Lyric Pieces from the Labyrinth

Hmmmm....who is this person?

He's a birthday buddy with my sister-in-law and niece (June 15), for one thing. He became a composer. When I was a kid, I first heard his music in an extended TV commercial for a classical…

Soundtrack from a Yesteryear

"Appalachia Waltz" enters my life the year 2006.

Whether it was duly bought on iTunes, lifted from my dad, or given by a friend, it appeared in my music library and became a soundtrack to my dorm room. At age…

B - A- C- H spells polyphony

Yesterday I played the last piece in one of my piano student's lesson books so she could get a glimpse of good things coming. It was Prelude in C by Johann Sebastian Bach.

You've heard it before, perhaps under the…

Life, the fruit. Beauty, the wine. Art, the vessel.

Life is the fruit of the vine: picked, broken, pressed, and subdued. Beauty is the wine - whose recipe requires violence and stillness. Art - art can be the vessel to bring that beauty to the mouth. It may be…

On Mother's Day

On Mother's Day, a rose in hand was laid 
For her whose years were fewer but by one 
Than all the fingers round the rose that played. 
At once she saw not rose but reed, and sun; 
And water at…

Casting Bread

I once sat in vendor meetings as my employer evaluated proposals for a new website. One vendor had flown four or five staff members across the country to pitch their brands. They delivered a confident, eloquent, and polished presentation and…

A Kids Biblical Mixtape

I've been pulling together songs that are 1) tied strongly to Scripture 2) would appeal to children (nursery to 6th grade or so) and 3) wouldn't annoy parents much. Whereas the other general listening playlist had a very folk tendency…

The Cross Taught All Wood to Resound His Name

It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun's light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a

A Kids Playlist that Won't Drive You Nuts

This playlist has a decidedly folk bent. Instead of dated synth effects and dissonant children's choruses, you will hear mostly acoustic instruments with talented vocalists. The songs won't wear off after the second listen; in fact, many have lasted for…

On Liking Music

I think about the music I liked between the ages of 11 and 14. It was hard to discern then if I liked something cause it was trendy or if I liked it for itself. I'm now thirty-three, and here…

Start Where You Are

Four weeks ago I wrote about eight things that helped me produce music. I must confess, that post sometimes feels like a joke. At the least, it would give away my inexperience to any professional looking on. So I'm comforted…

There's a Place for Bum-clock Investing

TurboTax is coming out of the box today. While money is on our mind, I want to point out that there's a place for bum-clock investing. Let me explain.  

There's an Irish folktale in which a poor widow tells son…