Biography

Dangerously Overeducated

Last Christmas I received a black sweatshirt with the above title emblazoned across the front: Dangerously Overeducated. I wear it proudly, and try to live up to the title as best I can.

Two years ago, my brother gave me my doctoral hood for Christmas. Most Ph.D.s don't bother to buy all the academic regalia unless they're actually IN academia and are required to don such rigamarole 2-3 times a year. But since I started singing in an Episcopal Cathedral choir, we are "allowed" to wear the academic hood for Evensong services and other special occasions.

Then I woke this morning with an epiphany - of sorts: I don't want to talk about music. I just want to make the music. I don't want to analyze it to instruct - I just want to know: how does it work? and maybe why? (Do you suppose the nuclear physicist feels this way?) He doesn't want to actually USE that bomb, he just wants to know how it works - for the pure esoteric joy of knowing? And if hypothesis become thesis becomes theory becomes revelation - all the better?

I wanted to compose a choral fanfare: the text (by Alice Corbin) began: "After the roar! After the fierce modern music!" I composed an 8-part arpeggiated vocal exclamation to fit the text - and the first time the chorus sang it, it was wonderful: dissonant, tense and alarmingly explosive, and I blurted, "Oh, my God! What have I done?"

THAT's what I mean about the Genius Life:
"Go home; write more music."

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The Easy Part June 23, 2012
Composing music is the easy part.
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The Same Old Rutty Road. August 2, 2011


July 2006.
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Objective opinions wanted: June 26, 2011
In which I am trying to decide on the best version of the title piece for my new album:
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Making your own CD! December 7, 2010
In which I enter the big time of recording
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New Old New Music January 3, 2010
Why we compose.
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Music rss

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What Child Is This A Cappella Dec 12, 2014 568
Advent A Cappella Dec 4, 2014 490
This Is The Day A Cappella Nov 16, 2014 403
rondo allegro Classical Sep 8, 2014 406
Evensong Classical Jan 10, 2014 542
Come Ye Weary A Cappella Sep 25, 2013 299
The Lobster Quadrille Classical Sep 10, 2013 929
Holy Manna Inspirational May 24, 2013 838
The Servant Girl at Emmaus Classical Apr 9, 2013 1659
Of Being Classical Dec 31, 2012 326
Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas Holiday Dec 25, 2012 473
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day Classical Dec 20, 2012 270
Nine Pianos Classical Nov 24, 2012 415
Exaltation Classical Nov 18, 2012 322
For All the Saints - Go Marchin' In Classical Nov 1, 2012 485
Ave Verum Corpus Spiritual/Gospel Apr 5, 2012 1181
Evensong: Let Evening Come A Cappella Apr 4, 2012 1037
Aubade Classical Dec 16, 2011 555
Good King Wenceslas Holiday Dec 10, 2011 498
Advent Moon Classical Nov 26, 2011 777
Caedmon Classical Aug 3, 2011 1328
Explorers 3.0 Classical Jun 26, 2011 523
Explorers - with piano Classical Jun 26, 2011 509
He Is The Way Classical May 13, 2011 3403
Dona Nobis Pacem A Cappella Apr 23, 2011 1029
Celtic Blessing A Cappella Mar 17, 2011 1096
Introit Classical Mar 11, 2011 482
Come Sunday Classical Feb 21, 2011 659
Hornpipe Classical Oct 12, 2010 659
Song of Simeon A Cappella Sep 14, 2010 1118
Sweet Joy! Classical Jul 17, 2010 668
Contrabassoon fundamentals. Classical Jul 5, 2010 974
Happy Birthday A Cappella Apr 21, 2010 1942
The Hour of Banquet and Love Spiritual/Gospel Mar 30, 2010 2656
How Can I Keep from Singing A Cappella Jan 21, 2010 1480
Changes Ambient Jan 3, 2010 738
St Peter and the Angel A Cappella Jan 3, 2010 1302
Epiphanies - The Speed of Light Classical Jan 2, 2010 947
Abide With Me Inspirational Nov 6, 2009 1793
In Paradisum A Cappella Oct 2, 2009 1363
d' Bears Classical Jul 28, 2009 879
Julian Classical Jul 17, 2009 2969
My Country Classical May 26, 2009 755
A Cradle Song A Cappella May 12, 2009 1581
Cascades Ambient Apr 17, 2009 794
Variations on Au Clair de la Lune Classical Apr 8, 2009 1909
Temple Bells Electronica Apr 2, 2009 1093
Ursprunglischer Gedanke Classical Mar 29, 2009 736
Morning Has Broken A Cappella Mar 29, 2009 1402
God Bless America Redux Classical Mar 18, 2009 2197
The Royal Banners Classical Mar 7, 2009 2335
The Star Classical Feb 26, 2009 1413
Fanfare Classical Jan 12, 2009 724
A Celtic Prayer A Cappella Jan 9, 2009 1424
This Little Light of Mine A Cappella Jan 8, 2009 1462
NuMac Jingle Electronica Dec 24, 2008 886
Brightest and Best A Cappella Dec 14, 2008 1685
Deck the Hall Holiday Nov 25, 2008 779
Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming A Cappella Nov 22, 2008 1028
General Midi Suite - March Classical Nov 11, 2008 944
General Midi Suite - Taps Classical Nov 11, 2008 4017
The Ashgrove A Cappella Oct 18, 2008 904
General Midi Suite - Reveille Classical Oct 9, 2008 2962
I'll Sing On A Cappella Sep 24, 2008 3940
Us Two Childrens Sep 22, 2008 939
Epiphanies III - Densities Classical Sep 16, 2008 897
The Falcon A Cappella Aug 29, 2008 2264
Lullaby - take 2 A Cappella Aug 10, 2008 1071
Be Thou My Vision Collab A Cappella Aug 8, 2008 2038
Greensleeves A Cappella Aug 4, 2008 1765
My Dancing Day Redux A Cappella Aug 3, 2008 870
Red Earth Interlude Classical Aug 1, 2008 1037
Explorers Classical Jul 28, 2008 997
In The Moon of Wintertime A Cappella Jul 19, 2008 1024
The Water Is Wide A Cappella Jul 15, 2008 1182
Long Road Home Folk Jul 13, 2008 802
General MIDI Suite - Charge Classical Jul 13, 2008 3618
In the Desert A Cappella Jul 11, 2008 1074
Tango Lacrimoso Classical Jul 9, 2008 945
Fantasy on Wildwood Flower Classical Jul 5, 2008 936
Lullaby A Cappella Jul 2, 2008 748
Los Pollitos A Cappella Jul 1, 2008 2420
Epiphanies II - Out of the Void Classical Jun 22, 2008 1168
Bach Little Prelude in F Classical Jun 21, 2008 967
ComeThou Fount A Cappella Jun 21, 2008 1437
The Child of My Imagination A Cappella Jun 18, 2008 1294
In Sweet Joy Folk Jun 16, 2008 710
Red Earth A Cappella Jun 4, 2008 1174
Scherzo Classical Jun 1, 2008 1068
Tolling Bells Ambient May 30, 2008 1154
Tarantella Electronica May 29, 2008 1020
The Avowal A Cappella May 29, 2008 1554
My Dancing Day A Cappella May 27, 2008 1494

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