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 623
Advent A Cappella Dec 4, 2014 550
This Is The Day A Cappella Nov 16, 2014 451
rondo allegro Classical Sep 8, 2014 432
Evensong Classical Jan 10, 2014 556
Come Ye Weary A Cappella Sep 25, 2013 315
The Lobster Quadrille Classical Sep 10, 2013 982
Holy Manna Inspirational May 24, 2013 865
The Servant Girl at Emmaus Classical Apr 9, 2013 1740
Of Being Classical Dec 31, 2012 346
Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas Holiday Dec 25, 2012 510
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day Classical Dec 20, 2012 287
Nine Pianos Classical Nov 24, 2012 448
Exaltation Classical Nov 18, 2012 343
For All the Saints - Go Marchin' In Classical Nov 1, 2012 506
Ave Verum Corpus Spiritual/Gospel Apr 5, 2012 1292
Evensong: Let Evening Come A Cappella Apr 4, 2012 1083
Aubade Classical Dec 16, 2011 576
Good King Wenceslas Holiday Dec 10, 2011 513
Advent Moon Classical Nov 26, 2011 826
Caedmon Classical Aug 3, 2011 1414
Explorers 3.0 Classical Jun 26, 2011 555
Explorers - with piano Classical Jun 26, 2011 526
He Is The Way Classical May 13, 2011 3460
Dona Nobis Pacem A Cappella Apr 23, 2011 1054
Celtic Blessing A Cappella Mar 17, 2011 1156
Introit Classical Mar 11, 2011 495
Come Sunday Classical Feb 21, 2011 671
Hornpipe Classical Oct 12, 2010 699
Song of Simeon A Cappella Sep 14, 2010 1138
Sweet Joy! Classical Jul 17, 2010 685
Contrabassoon fundamentals. Classical Jul 5, 2010 1006
Happy Birthday A Cappella Apr 21, 2010 1976
The Hour of Banquet and Love Spiritual/Gospel Mar 30, 2010 2711
How Can I Keep from Singing A Cappella Jan 21, 2010 1511
Changes Ambient Jan 3, 2010 756
St Peter and the Angel A Cappella Jan 3, 2010 1342
Epiphanies - The Speed of Light Classical Jan 2, 2010 979
Abide With Me Inspirational Nov 6, 2009 1860
In Paradisum A Cappella Oct 2, 2009 1404
d' Bears Classical Jul 28, 2009 906
Julian Classical Jul 17, 2009 3260
My Country Classical May 26, 2009 769
A Cradle Song A Cappella May 12, 2009 1614
Cascades Ambient Apr 17, 2009 818
Variations on Au Clair de la Lune Classical Apr 8, 2009 1933
Temple Bells Electronica Apr 2, 2009 1144
Ursprunglischer Gedanke Classical Mar 29, 2009 757
Morning Has Broken A Cappella Mar 29, 2009 1440
God Bless America Redux Classical Mar 18, 2009 2251
The Royal Banners Classical Mar 7, 2009 2405
The Star Classical Feb 26, 2009 1468
Fanfare Classical Jan 12, 2009 737
A Celtic Prayer A Cappella Jan 9, 2009 1471
This Little Light of Mine A Cappella Jan 8, 2009 1501
NuMac Jingle Electronica Dec 24, 2008 908
Brightest and Best A Cappella Dec 14, 2008 1749
Deck the Hall Holiday Nov 25, 2008 792
Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming A Cappella Nov 22, 2008 1047
General Midi Suite - March Classical Nov 11, 2008 964
General Midi Suite - Taps Classical Nov 11, 2008 4037
The Ashgrove A Cappella Oct 18, 2008 929
General Midi Suite - Reveille Classical Oct 9, 2008 3005
I'll Sing On A Cappella Sep 24, 2008 3976
Us Two Childrens Sep 22, 2008 966
Epiphanies III - Densities Classical Sep 16, 2008 923
The Falcon A Cappella Aug 29, 2008 2307
Lullaby - take 2 A Cappella Aug 10, 2008 1116
Be Thou My Vision Collab A Cappella Aug 8, 2008 2065
Greensleeves A Cappella Aug 4, 2008 1913
My Dancing Day Redux A Cappella Aug 3, 2008 893
Red Earth Interlude Classical Aug 1, 2008 1069
Explorers Classical Jul 28, 2008 1012
In The Moon of Wintertime A Cappella Jul 19, 2008 1041
The Water Is Wide A Cappella Jul 15, 2008 1211
Long Road Home Folk Jul 13, 2008 826
General MIDI Suite - Charge Classical Jul 13, 2008 3639
In the Desert A Cappella Jul 11, 2008 1115
Tango Lacrimoso Classical Jul 9, 2008 971
Fantasy on Wildwood Flower Classical Jul 5, 2008 959
Lullaby A Cappella Jul 2, 2008 772
Los Pollitos A Cappella Jul 1, 2008 2471
Epiphanies II - Out of the Void Classical Jun 22, 2008 1223
Bach Little Prelude in F Classical Jun 21, 2008 987
ComeThou Fount A Cappella Jun 21, 2008 1519
The Child of My Imagination A Cappella Jun 18, 2008 1337
In Sweet Joy Folk Jun 16, 2008 733
Red Earth A Cappella Jun 4, 2008 1198
Scherzo Classical Jun 1, 2008 1090
Tolling Bells Ambient May 30, 2008 1221
Tarantella Electronica May 29, 2008 1058
The Avowal A Cappella May 29, 2008 1579
My Dancing Day A Cappella May 27, 2008 1525

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