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 602
Advent A Cappella Dec 4, 2014 534
This Is The Day A Cappella Nov 16, 2014 443
rondo allegro Classical Sep 8, 2014 429
Evensong Classical Jan 10, 2014 555
Come Ye Weary A Cappella Sep 25, 2013 312
The Lobster Quadrille Classical Sep 10, 2013 965
Holy Manna Inspirational May 24, 2013 860
The Servant Girl at Emmaus Classical Apr 9, 2013 1720
Of Being Classical Dec 31, 2012 342
Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas Holiday Dec 25, 2012 504
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day Classical Dec 20, 2012 283
Nine Pianos Classical Nov 24, 2012 438
Exaltation Classical Nov 18, 2012 338
For All the Saints - Go Marchin' In Classical Nov 1, 2012 503
Ave Verum Corpus Spiritual/Gospel Apr 5, 2012 1247
Evensong: Let Evening Come A Cappella Apr 4, 2012 1074
Aubade Classical Dec 16, 2011 571
Good King Wenceslas Holiday Dec 10, 2011 511
Advent Moon Classical Nov 26, 2011 813
Caedmon Classical Aug 3, 2011 1367
Explorers 3.0 Classical Jun 26, 2011 548
Explorers - with piano Classical Jun 26, 2011 522
He Is The Way Classical May 13, 2011 3435
Dona Nobis Pacem A Cappella Apr 23, 2011 1047
Celtic Blessing A Cappella Mar 17, 2011 1132
Introit Classical Mar 11, 2011 493
Come Sunday Classical Feb 21, 2011 669
Hornpipe Classical Oct 12, 2010 686
Song of Simeon A Cappella Sep 14, 2010 1132
Sweet Joy! Classical Jul 17, 2010 682
Contrabassoon fundamentals. Classical Jul 5, 2010 1002
Happy Birthday A Cappella Apr 21, 2010 1968
The Hour of Banquet and Love Spiritual/Gospel Mar 30, 2010 2705
How Can I Keep from Singing A Cappella Jan 21, 2010 1505
Changes Ambient Jan 3, 2010 755
St Peter and the Angel A Cappella Jan 3, 2010 1333
Epiphanies - The Speed of Light Classical Jan 2, 2010 971
Abide With Me Inspirational Nov 6, 2009 1849
In Paradisum A Cappella Oct 2, 2009 1390
d' Bears Classical Jul 28, 2009 900
Julian Classical Jul 17, 2009 3184
My Country Classical May 26, 2009 767
A Cradle Song A Cappella May 12, 2009 1603
Cascades Ambient Apr 17, 2009 811
Variations on Au Clair de la Lune Classical Apr 8, 2009 1930
Temple Bells Electronica Apr 2, 2009 1130
Ursprunglischer Gedanke Classical Mar 29, 2009 755
Morning Has Broken A Cappella Mar 29, 2009 1426
God Bless America Redux Classical Mar 18, 2009 2243
The Royal Banners Classical Mar 7, 2009 2392
The Star Classical Feb 26, 2009 1461
Fanfare Classical Jan 12, 2009 736
A Celtic Prayer A Cappella Jan 9, 2009 1465
This Little Light of Mine A Cappella Jan 8, 2009 1492
NuMac Jingle Electronica Dec 24, 2008 904
Brightest and Best A Cappella Dec 14, 2008 1727
Deck the Hall Holiday Nov 25, 2008 791
Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming A Cappella Nov 22, 2008 1044
General Midi Suite - March Classical Nov 11, 2008 959
General Midi Suite - Taps Classical Nov 11, 2008 4034
The Ashgrove A Cappella Oct 18, 2008 927
General Midi Suite - Reveille Classical Oct 9, 2008 2993
I'll Sing On A Cappella Sep 24, 2008 3962
Us Two Childrens Sep 22, 2008 962
Epiphanies III - Densities Classical Sep 16, 2008 918
The Falcon A Cappella Aug 29, 2008 2299
Lullaby - take 2 A Cappella Aug 10, 2008 1105
Be Thou My Vision Collab A Cappella Aug 8, 2008 2055
Greensleeves A Cappella Aug 4, 2008 1873
My Dancing Day Redux A Cappella Aug 3, 2008 889
Red Earth Interlude Classical Aug 1, 2008 1056
Explorers Classical Jul 28, 2008 1010
In The Moon of Wintertime A Cappella Jul 19, 2008 1039
The Water Is Wide A Cappella Jul 15, 2008 1206
Long Road Home Folk Jul 13, 2008 814
General MIDI Suite - Charge Classical Jul 13, 2008 3634
In the Desert A Cappella Jul 11, 2008 1106
Tango Lacrimoso Classical Jul 9, 2008 963
Fantasy on Wildwood Flower Classical Jul 5, 2008 955
Lullaby A Cappella Jul 2, 2008 768
Los Pollitos A Cappella Jul 1, 2008 2457
Epiphanies II - Out of the Void Classical Jun 22, 2008 1195
Bach Little Prelude in F Classical Jun 21, 2008 982
ComeThou Fount A Cappella Jun 21, 2008 1499
The Child of My Imagination A Cappella Jun 18, 2008 1323
In Sweet Joy Folk Jun 16, 2008 728
Red Earth A Cappella Jun 4, 2008 1195
Scherzo Classical Jun 1, 2008 1086
Tolling Bells Ambient May 30, 2008 1213
Tarantella Electronica May 29, 2008 1046
The Avowal A Cappella May 29, 2008 1574
My Dancing Day A Cappella May 27, 2008 1514

Collaborations

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A Christmas Prayer Holiday Dec 20, 2008 5317

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