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 553
Advent A Cappella Dec 4, 2014 457
This Is The Day A Cappella Nov 16, 2014 391
rondo allegro Classical Sep 8, 2014 397
Evensong Classical Jan 10, 2014 532
Come Ye Weary A Cappella Sep 25, 2013 293
The Lobster Quadrille Classical Sep 10, 2013 913
Holy Manna Inspirational May 24, 2013 832
The Servant Girl at Emmaus Classical Apr 9, 2013 1635
Of Being Classical Dec 31, 2012 318
Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas Holiday Dec 25, 2012 452
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day Classical Dec 20, 2012 265
Nine Pianos Classical Nov 24, 2012 403
Exaltation Classical Nov 18, 2012 317
For All the Saints - Go Marchin' In Classical Nov 1, 2012 478
Ave Verum Corpus Spiritual/Gospel Apr 5, 2012 1149
Evensong: Let Evening Come A Cappella Apr 4, 2012 1028
Aubade Classical Dec 16, 2011 532
Good King Wenceslas Holiday Dec 10, 2011 489
Advent Moon Classical Nov 26, 2011 763
Caedmon Classical Aug 3, 2011 1311
Explorers 3.0 Classical Jun 26, 2011 513
Explorers - with piano Classical Jun 26, 2011 503
He Is The Way Classical May 13, 2011 3369
Dona Nobis Pacem A Cappella Apr 23, 2011 1018
Celtic Blessing A Cappella Mar 17, 2011 1080
Introit Classical Mar 11, 2011 477
Come Sunday Classical Feb 21, 2011 651
Hornpipe Classical Oct 12, 2010 644
Song of Simeon A Cappella Sep 14, 2010 1105
Sweet Joy! Classical Jul 17, 2010 660
Contrabassoon fundamentals. Classical Jul 5, 2010 965
Happy Birthday A Cappella Apr 21, 2010 1931
The Hour of Banquet and Love Spiritual/Gospel Mar 30, 2010 2633
How Can I Keep from Singing A Cappella Jan 21, 2010 1471
Changes Ambient Jan 3, 2010 731
St Peter and the Angel A Cappella Jan 3, 2010 1290
Epiphanies - The Speed of Light Classical Jan 2, 2010 939
Abide With Me Inspirational Nov 6, 2009 1781
In Paradisum A Cappella Oct 2, 2009 1341
d' Bears Classical Jul 28, 2009 865
Julian Classical Jul 17, 2009 2928
My Country Classical May 26, 2009 749
A Cradle Song A Cappella May 12, 2009 1559
Cascades Ambient Apr 17, 2009 785
Variations on Au Clair de la Lune Classical Apr 8, 2009 1894
Temple Bells Electronica Apr 2, 2009 1080
Ursprunglischer Gedanke Classical Mar 29, 2009 726
Morning Has Broken A Cappella Mar 29, 2009 1393
God Bless America Redux Classical Mar 18, 2009 2184
The Royal Banners Classical Mar 7, 2009 2314
The Star Classical Feb 26, 2009 1395
Fanfare Classical Jan 12, 2009 720
A Celtic Prayer A Cappella Jan 9, 2009 1410
This Little Light of Mine A Cappella Jan 8, 2009 1445
NuMac Jingle Electronica Dec 24, 2008 877
Brightest and Best A Cappella Dec 14, 2008 1660
Deck the Hall Holiday Nov 25, 2008 775
Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming A Cappella Nov 22, 2008 1021
General Midi Suite - March Classical Nov 11, 2008 932
General Midi Suite - Taps Classical Nov 11, 2008 4008
The Ashgrove A Cappella Oct 18, 2008 893
General Midi Suite - Reveille Classical Oct 9, 2008 2945
I'll Sing On A Cappella Sep 24, 2008 3931
Us Two Childrens Sep 22, 2008 930
Epiphanies III - Densities Classical Sep 16, 2008 880
The Falcon A Cappella Aug 29, 2008 2242
Lullaby - take 2 A Cappella Aug 10, 2008 1057
Be Thou My Vision Collab A Cappella Aug 8, 2008 2015
Greensleeves A Cappella Aug 4, 2008 1711
My Dancing Day Redux A Cappella Aug 3, 2008 855
Red Earth Interlude Classical Aug 1, 2008 1028
Explorers Classical Jul 28, 2008 981
In The Moon of Wintertime A Cappella Jul 19, 2008 1013
The Water Is Wide A Cappella Jul 15, 2008 1168
Long Road Home Folk Jul 13, 2008 794
General MIDI Suite - Charge Classical Jul 13, 2008 3612
In the Desert A Cappella Jul 11, 2008 1061
Tango Lacrimoso Classical Jul 9, 2008 928
Fantasy on Wildwood Flower Classical Jul 5, 2008 925
Lullaby A Cappella Jul 2, 2008 740
Los Pollitos A Cappella Jul 1, 2008 2399
Epiphanies II - Out of the Void Classical Jun 22, 2008 1156
Bach Little Prelude in F Classical Jun 21, 2008 955
ComeThou Fount A Cappella Jun 21, 2008 1410
The Child of My Imagination A Cappella Jun 18, 2008 1280
In Sweet Joy Folk Jun 16, 2008 700
Red Earth A Cappella Jun 4, 2008 1164
Scherzo Classical Jun 1, 2008 1058
Tolling Bells Ambient May 30, 2008 1130
Tarantella Electronica May 29, 2008 1012
The Avowal A Cappella May 29, 2008 1540
My Dancing Day A Cappella May 27, 2008 1483

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