Making Music Come to Life

This season is bringing with it a most amazing opportunity to record some of my more challenging pieces with live musicians. I have always said that I would rather hear my work done by even mediocre live players than by a computer. To be fair, of course I want to present my work accurately, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But there’s something raw, visceral, and alivethat human players bring to the mix that a computer just cannot equal. A couple Saturdays ago, I and four of my talented friends got together in a gorgeous, echoey church sanctuary to record the live performance of my “tarot quintet,” The Oracle.

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A Very Inspiring TED Talk: Art of Asking

I stumbled upon this video last night, and it really struck a chord with me. Lately, I’ve been inwardly struggling with my fears of trusting myself, my art, and those who love my art. I have a tendency (a deeply hidden tendency) to feel a strange sort of shame in …

What’s your Fav Geeky Music? Tell Me What to Play!

UPDATE (as of 3/16/2015):ย This event has been moved to a date to be determined in May… Keep your eye out for news on that! _______________________________________ I’ve been asked to perform at the awesome and fun, upcoming Geek Girls’ Night Out at Brave New World Comics! Naturally, I have a list …

Great Review for Soul of the Machine!

Check out this review from babysue: Sometimes the idea behind the music is just as interesting as the music itself. According to the press release that accompanied this disc, the music on this album “…explores the relationships between mechanical structures, organic beauty, and identity.” Now that might sound a bit …

Learning to Read Music is Easy, and Valuable for Everybody!

Everyone can (and should) learn the basic fundamentals of reading music — it’s NO different than when you first learned to read words. And you don’t even have to be able to play an instrument to understand or appreciate it! By learning even the simplest basics, you open yourself up …

Introducing… “Of Roses and Lilies”

At last, the epic song for Soprano, Women’s Chorus, Soprano Recorder, English Horn, Piano, and String Orchestra is COMPLETE! And joins the ranks of the four new pieces I’ve completed this year alone, interestingly enough…. A little history: This work was actually first written approximately back in 2002 or 2004 …

My Bastion

There I was, just minding my own business, when the Bastion Narrator decided to stop by…..

Just felt like sharing this oldie-but-goodie…. How very appropriate are the lyrics for our current state of affairs….! I wish more could take these words seriously in our world…. “In a word, let me say: if we might keep in necessary things Unity, in unnecessary (doubtful) things Freedom, and in …