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

Title Genre Released Plays
What Child Is This A Cappella Dec 12, 2014 521
Advent A Cappella Dec 4, 2014 428
This Is The Day A Cappella Nov 16, 2014 374
rondo allegro Classical Sep 8, 2014 383
Evensong Classical Jan 10, 2014 519
Come Ye Weary A Cappella Sep 25, 2013 278
The Lobster Quadrille Classical Sep 10, 2013 872
Holy Manna Inspirational May 24, 2013 803
The Servant Girl at Emmaus Classical Apr 9, 2013 1596
Of Being Classical Dec 31, 2012 301
Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas Holiday Dec 25, 2012 440
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day Classical Dec 20, 2012 256
Nine Pianos Classical Nov 24, 2012 385
Exaltation Classical Nov 18, 2012 303
For All the Saints - Go Marchin' In Classical Nov 1, 2012 467
Ave Verum Corpus Spiritual/Gospel Apr 5, 2012 1115
Evensong: Let Evening Come A Cappella Apr 4, 2012 1012
Aubade Classical Dec 16, 2011 515
Good King Wenceslas Holiday Dec 10, 2011 479
Advent Moon Classical Nov 26, 2011 739
Caedmon Classical Aug 3, 2011 1254
Explorers 3.0 Classical Jun 26, 2011 501
Explorers - with piano Classical Jun 26, 2011 487
He Is The Way Classical May 13, 2011 3333
Dona Nobis Pacem A Cappella Apr 23, 2011 1009
Celtic Blessing A Cappella Mar 17, 2011 1051
Introit Classical Mar 11, 2011 464
Come Sunday Classical Feb 21, 2011 637
Hornpipe Classical Oct 12, 2010 631
Song of Simeon A Cappella Sep 14, 2010 1091
Sweet Joy! Classical Jul 17, 2010 638
Contrabassoon fundamentals. Classical Jul 5, 2010 946
Happy Birthday A Cappella Apr 21, 2010 1915
The Hour of Banquet and Love Spiritual/Gospel Mar 30, 2010 2609
How Can I Keep from Singing A Cappella Jan 21, 2010 1453
Changes Ambient Jan 3, 2010 720
St Peter and the Angel A Cappella Jan 3, 2010 1279
Epiphanies - The Speed of Light Classical Jan 2, 2010 925
Abide With Me Inspirational Nov 6, 2009 1768
In Paradisum A Cappella Oct 2, 2009 1310
d' Bears Classical Jul 28, 2009 854
Julian Classical Jul 17, 2009 2863
My Country Classical May 26, 2009 737
A Cradle Song A Cappella May 12, 2009 1535
Cascades Ambient Apr 17, 2009 766
Variations on Au Clair de la Lune Classical Apr 8, 2009 1862
Temple Bells Electronica Apr 2, 2009 1060
Ursprunglischer Gedanke Classical Mar 29, 2009 701
Morning Has Broken A Cappella Mar 29, 2009 1367
God Bless America Redux Classical Mar 18, 2009 2132
The Royal Banners Classical Mar 7, 2009 2283
The Star Classical Feb 26, 2009 1379
Fanfare Classical Jan 12, 2009 711
A Celtic Prayer A Cappella Jan 9, 2009 1389
This Little Light of Mine A Cappella Jan 8, 2009 1421
NuMac Jingle Electronica Dec 24, 2008 865
Brightest and Best A Cappella Dec 14, 2008 1631
Deck the Hall Holiday Nov 25, 2008 765
Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming A Cappella Nov 22, 2008 992
General Midi Suite - March Classical Nov 11, 2008 917
General Midi Suite - Taps Classical Nov 11, 2008 3991
The Ashgrove A Cappella Oct 18, 2008 880
General Midi Suite - Reveille Classical Oct 9, 2008 2920
I'll Sing On A Cappella Sep 24, 2008 3902
Us Two Childrens Sep 22, 2008 914
Epiphanies III - Densities Classical Sep 16, 2008 869
The Falcon A Cappella Aug 29, 2008 2217
Lullaby - take 2 A Cappella Aug 10, 2008 1034
Be Thou My Vision Collab A Cappella Aug 8, 2008 1983
Greensleeves A Cappella Aug 4, 2008 1641
My Dancing Day Redux A Cappella Aug 3, 2008 844
Red Earth Interlude Classical Aug 1, 2008 1014
Explorers Classical Jul 28, 2008 953
In The Moon of Wintertime A Cappella Jul 19, 2008 1004
The Water Is Wide A Cappella Jul 15, 2008 1149
Long Road Home Folk Jul 13, 2008 786
General MIDI Suite - Charge Classical Jul 13, 2008 3603
In the Desert A Cappella Jul 11, 2008 1038
Tango Lacrimoso Classical Jul 9, 2008 919
Fantasy on Wildwood Flower Classical Jul 5, 2008 902
Lullaby A Cappella Jul 2, 2008 726
Los Pollitos A Cappella Jul 1, 2008 2374
Epiphanies II - Out of the Void Classical Jun 22, 2008 1146
Bach Little Prelude in F Classical Jun 21, 2008 943
ComeThou Fount A Cappella Jun 21, 2008 1359
The Child of My Imagination A Cappella Jun 18, 2008 1257
In Sweet Joy Folk Jun 16, 2008 687
Red Earth A Cappella Jun 4, 2008 1143
Scherzo Classical Jun 1, 2008 1045
Tolling Bells Ambient May 30, 2008 1117
Tarantella Electronica May 29, 2008 997
The Avowal A Cappella May 29, 2008 1515
My Dancing Day A Cappella May 27, 2008 1468

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