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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Composing music is the easy part.
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In which I am trying to decide on the best version of the title piece for my new album:
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In which I enter the big time of recording
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New Old New Music January 3, 2010
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Music rss

Title Genre Released Plays
What Child Is This A Cappella Dec 12, 2014 529
Advent A Cappella Dec 4, 2014 435
This Is The Day A Cappella Nov 16, 2014 382
rondo allegro Classical Sep 8, 2014 389
Evensong Classical Jan 10, 2014 524
Come Ye Weary A Cappella Sep 25, 2013 284
The Lobster Quadrille Classical Sep 10, 2013 886
Holy Manna Inspirational May 24, 2013 810
The Servant Girl at Emmaus Classical Apr 9, 2013 1619
Of Being Classical Dec 31, 2012 311
Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas Holiday Dec 25, 2012 446
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day Classical Dec 20, 2012 260
Nine Pianos Classical Nov 24, 2012 396
Exaltation Classical Nov 18, 2012 305
For All the Saints - Go Marchin' In Classical Nov 1, 2012 471
Ave Verum Corpus Spiritual/Gospel Apr 5, 2012 1123
Evensong: Let Evening Come A Cappella Apr 4, 2012 1016
Aubade Classical Dec 16, 2011 523
Good King Wenceslas Holiday Dec 10, 2011 483
Advent Moon Classical Nov 26, 2011 745
Caedmon Classical Aug 3, 2011 1270
Explorers 3.0 Classical Jun 26, 2011 507
Explorers - with piano Classical Jun 26, 2011 491
He Is The Way Classical May 13, 2011 3347
Dona Nobis Pacem A Cappella Apr 23, 2011 1013
Celtic Blessing A Cappella Mar 17, 2011 1061
Introit Classical Mar 11, 2011 471
Come Sunday Classical Feb 21, 2011 640
Hornpipe Classical Oct 12, 2010 636
Song of Simeon A Cappella Sep 14, 2010 1098
Sweet Joy! Classical Jul 17, 2010 644
Contrabassoon fundamentals. Classical Jul 5, 2010 952
Happy Birthday A Cappella Apr 21, 2010 1922
The Hour of Banquet and Love Spiritual/Gospel Mar 30, 2010 2614
How Can I Keep from Singing A Cappella Jan 21, 2010 1462
Changes Ambient Jan 3, 2010 724
St Peter and the Angel A Cappella Jan 3, 2010 1282
Epiphanies - The Speed of Light Classical Jan 2, 2010 930
Abide With Me Inspirational Nov 6, 2009 1773
In Paradisum A Cappella Oct 2, 2009 1318
d' Bears Classical Jul 28, 2009 860
Julian Classical Jul 17, 2009 2890
My Country Classical May 26, 2009 743
A Cradle Song A Cappella May 12, 2009 1545
Cascades Ambient Apr 17, 2009 772
Variations on Au Clair de la Lune Classical Apr 8, 2009 1873
Temple Bells Electronica Apr 2, 2009 1065
Ursprunglischer Gedanke Classical Mar 29, 2009 709
Morning Has Broken A Cappella Mar 29, 2009 1382
God Bless America Redux Classical Mar 18, 2009 2163
The Royal Banners Classical Mar 7, 2009 2293
The Star Classical Feb 26, 2009 1389
Fanfare Classical Jan 12, 2009 716
A Celtic Prayer A Cappella Jan 9, 2009 1396
This Little Light of Mine A Cappella Jan 8, 2009 1430
NuMac Jingle Electronica Dec 24, 2008 872
Brightest and Best A Cappella Dec 14, 2008 1650
Deck the Hall Holiday Nov 25, 2008 771
Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming A Cappella Nov 22, 2008 1000
General Midi Suite - March Classical Nov 11, 2008 923
General Midi Suite - Taps Classical Nov 11, 2008 3996
The Ashgrove A Cappella Oct 18, 2008 887
General Midi Suite - Reveille Classical Oct 9, 2008 2931
I'll Sing On A Cappella Sep 24, 2008 3917
Us Two Childrens Sep 22, 2008 916
Epiphanies III - Densities Classical Sep 16, 2008 870
The Falcon A Cappella Aug 29, 2008 2227
Lullaby - take 2 A Cappella Aug 10, 2008 1040
Be Thou My Vision Collab A Cappella Aug 8, 2008 1997
Greensleeves A Cappella Aug 4, 2008 1668
My Dancing Day Redux A Cappella Aug 3, 2008 849
Red Earth Interlude Classical Aug 1, 2008 1022
Explorers Classical Jul 28, 2008 961
In The Moon of Wintertime A Cappella Jul 19, 2008 1010
The Water Is Wide A Cappella Jul 15, 2008 1158
Long Road Home Folk Jul 13, 2008 789
General MIDI Suite - Charge Classical Jul 13, 2008 3606
In the Desert A Cappella Jul 11, 2008 1047
Tango Lacrimoso Classical Jul 9, 2008 925
Fantasy on Wildwood Flower Classical Jul 5, 2008 910
Lullaby A Cappella Jul 2, 2008 733
Los Pollitos A Cappella Jul 1, 2008 2385
Epiphanies II - Out of the Void Classical Jun 22, 2008 1149
Bach Little Prelude in F Classical Jun 21, 2008 945
ComeThou Fount A Cappella Jun 21, 2008 1378
The Child of My Imagination A Cappella Jun 18, 2008 1263
In Sweet Joy Folk Jun 16, 2008 691
Red Earth A Cappella Jun 4, 2008 1149
Scherzo Classical Jun 1, 2008 1049
Tolling Bells Ambient May 30, 2008 1121
Tarantella Electronica May 29, 2008 1004
The Avowal A Cappella May 29, 2008 1525
My Dancing Day A Cappella May 27, 2008 1473

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