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 585
Advent A Cappella Dec 4, 2014 511
This Is The Day A Cappella Nov 16, 2014 423
rondo allegro Classical Sep 8, 2014 415
Evensong Classical Jan 10, 2014 546
Come Ye Weary A Cappella Sep 25, 2013 304
The Lobster Quadrille Classical Sep 10, 2013 946
Holy Manna Inspirational May 24, 2013 846
The Servant Girl at Emmaus Classical Apr 9, 2013 1685
Of Being Classical Dec 31, 2012 335
Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas Holiday Dec 25, 2012 482
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day Classical Dec 20, 2012 275
Nine Pianos Classical Nov 24, 2012 424
Exaltation Classical Nov 18, 2012 330
For All the Saints - Go Marchin' In Classical Nov 1, 2012 493
Ave Verum Corpus Spiritual/Gospel Apr 5, 2012 1219
Evensong: Let Evening Come A Cappella Apr 4, 2012 1059
Aubade Classical Dec 16, 2011 562
Good King Wenceslas Holiday Dec 10, 2011 502
Advent Moon Classical Nov 26, 2011 792
Caedmon Classical Aug 3, 2011 1347
Explorers 3.0 Classical Jun 26, 2011 529
Explorers - with piano Classical Jun 26, 2011 515
He Is The Way Classical May 13, 2011 3418
Dona Nobis Pacem A Cappella Apr 23, 2011 1041
Celtic Blessing A Cappella Mar 17, 2011 1114
Introit Classical Mar 11, 2011 489
Come Sunday Classical Feb 21, 2011 663
Hornpipe Classical Oct 12, 2010 671
Song of Simeon A Cappella Sep 14, 2010 1124
Sweet Joy! Classical Jul 17, 2010 676
Contrabassoon fundamentals. Classical Jul 5, 2010 982
Happy Birthday A Cappella Apr 21, 2010 1953
The Hour of Banquet and Love Spiritual/Gospel Mar 30, 2010 2678
How Can I Keep from Singing A Cappella Jan 21, 2010 1489
Changes Ambient Jan 3, 2010 745
St Peter and the Angel A Cappella Jan 3, 2010 1312
Epiphanies - The Speed of Light Classical Jan 2, 2010 956
Abide With Me Inspirational Nov 6, 2009 1819
In Paradisum A Cappella Oct 2, 2009 1371
d' Bears Classical Jul 28, 2009 890
Julian Classical Jul 17, 2009 3102
My Country Classical May 26, 2009 761
A Cradle Song A Cappella May 12, 2009 1590
Cascades Ambient Apr 17, 2009 801
Variations on Au Clair de la Lune Classical Apr 8, 2009 1923
Temple Bells Electronica Apr 2, 2009 1109
Ursprunglischer Gedanke Classical Mar 29, 2009 751
Morning Has Broken A Cappella Mar 29, 2009 1417
God Bless America Redux Classical Mar 18, 2009 2215
The Royal Banners Classical Mar 7, 2009 2370
The Star Classical Feb 26, 2009 1421
Fanfare Classical Jan 12, 2009 730
A Celtic Prayer A Cappella Jan 9, 2009 1445
This Little Light of Mine A Cappella Jan 8, 2009 1478
NuMac Jingle Electronica Dec 24, 2008 892
Brightest and Best A Cappella Dec 14, 2008 1707
Deck the Hall Holiday Nov 25, 2008 786
Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming A Cappella Nov 22, 2008 1036
General Midi Suite - March Classical Nov 11, 2008 952
General Midi Suite - Taps Classical Nov 11, 2008 4024
The Ashgrove A Cappella Oct 18, 2008 915
General Midi Suite - Reveille Classical Oct 9, 2008 2979
I'll Sing On A Cappella Sep 24, 2008 3952
Us Two Childrens Sep 22, 2008 949
Epiphanies III - Densities Classical Sep 16, 2008 903
The Falcon A Cappella Aug 29, 2008 2278
Lullaby - take 2 A Cappella Aug 10, 2008 1087
Be Thou My Vision Collab A Cappella Aug 8, 2008 2045
Greensleeves A Cappella Aug 4, 2008 1813
My Dancing Day Redux A Cappella Aug 3, 2008 876
Red Earth Interlude Classical Aug 1, 2008 1047
Explorers Classical Jul 28, 2008 1001
In The Moon of Wintertime A Cappella Jul 19, 2008 1031
The Water Is Wide A Cappella Jul 15, 2008 1195
Long Road Home Folk Jul 13, 2008 809
General MIDI Suite - Charge Classical Jul 13, 2008 3624
In the Desert A Cappella Jul 11, 2008 1088
Tango Lacrimoso Classical Jul 9, 2008 952
Fantasy on Wildwood Flower Classical Jul 5, 2008 949
Lullaby A Cappella Jul 2, 2008 758
Los Pollitos A Cappella Jul 1, 2008 2435
Epiphanies II - Out of the Void Classical Jun 22, 2008 1184
Bach Little Prelude in F Classical Jun 21, 2008 973
ComeThou Fount A Cappella Jun 21, 2008 1470
The Child of My Imagination A Cappella Jun 18, 2008 1309
In Sweet Joy Folk Jun 16, 2008 721
Red Earth A Cappella Jun 4, 2008 1182
Scherzo Classical Jun 1, 2008 1076
Tolling Bells Ambient May 30, 2008 1176
Tarantella Electronica May 29, 2008 1032
The Avowal A Cappella May 29, 2008 1561
My Dancing Day A Cappella May 27, 2008 1505

Collaborations

Title Genre Released Plays
A Christmas Prayer Holiday Dec 20, 2008 5262

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