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 665
Advent A Cappella Dec 4, 2014 568
This Is The Day A Cappella Nov 16, 2014 467
rondo allegro Classical Sep 8, 2014 447
Evensong Classical Jan 10, 2014 563
Come Ye Weary A Cappella Sep 25, 2013 328
The Lobster Quadrille Classical Sep 10, 2013 1019
Holy Manna Inspirational May 24, 2013 887
The Servant Girl at Emmaus Classical Apr 9, 2013 1848
Of Being Classical Dec 31, 2012 355
Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas Holiday Dec 25, 2012 520
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day Classical Dec 20, 2012 295
Nine Pianos Classical Nov 24, 2012 463
Exaltation Classical Nov 18, 2012 349
For All the Saints - Go Marchin' In Classical Nov 1, 2012 521
Ave Verum Corpus Spiritual/Gospel Apr 5, 2012 1314
Evensong: Let Evening Come A Cappella Apr 4, 2012 1098
Aubade Classical Dec 16, 2011 586
Good King Wenceslas Holiday Dec 10, 2011 524
Advent Moon Classical Nov 26, 2011 851
Caedmon Classical Aug 3, 2011 1486
Explorers 3.0 Classical Jun 26, 2011 567
Explorers - with piano Classical Jun 26, 2011 535
He Is The Way Classical May 13, 2011 3539
Dona Nobis Pacem A Cappella Apr 23, 2011 1063
Celtic Blessing A Cappella Mar 17, 2011 1173
Introit Classical Mar 11, 2011 503
Come Sunday Classical Feb 21, 2011 681
Hornpipe Classical Oct 12, 2010 736
Song of Simeon A Cappella Sep 14, 2010 1155
Sweet Joy! Classical Jul 17, 2010 695
Contrabassoon fundamentals. Classical Jul 5, 2010 1019
Happy Birthday A Cappella Apr 21, 2010 1987
The Hour of Banquet and Love Spiritual/Gospel Mar 30, 2010 2736
How Can I Keep from Singing A Cappella Jan 21, 2010 1529
Changes Ambient Jan 3, 2010 773
St Peter and the Angel A Cappella Jan 3, 2010 1366
Epiphanies - The Speed of Light Classical Jan 2, 2010 989
Abide With Me Inspirational Nov 6, 2009 1890
In Paradisum A Cappella Oct 2, 2009 1419
d' Bears Classical Jul 28, 2009 915
Julian Classical Jul 17, 2009 3333
My Country Classical May 26, 2009 779
A Cradle Song A Cappella May 12, 2009 1641
Cascades Ambient Apr 17, 2009 844
Variations on Au Clair de la Lune Classical Apr 8, 2009 1972
Temple Bells Electronica Apr 2, 2009 1157
Ursprunglischer Gedanke Classical Mar 29, 2009 764
Morning Has Broken A Cappella Mar 29, 2009 1454
God Bless America Redux Classical Mar 18, 2009 2275
The Royal Banners Classical Mar 7, 2009 2448
The Star Classical Feb 26, 2009 1480
Fanfare Classical Jan 12, 2009 747
A Celtic Prayer A Cappella Jan 9, 2009 1485
This Little Light of Mine A Cappella Jan 8, 2009 1512
NuMac Jingle Electronica Dec 24, 2008 920
Brightest and Best A Cappella Dec 14, 2008 1768
Deck the Hall Holiday Nov 25, 2008 802
Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming A Cappella Nov 22, 2008 1056
General Midi Suite - March Classical Nov 11, 2008 975
General Midi Suite - Taps Classical Nov 11, 2008 4051
The Ashgrove A Cappella Oct 18, 2008 942
General Midi Suite - Reveille Classical Oct 9, 2008 3037
I'll Sing On A Cappella Sep 24, 2008 3994
Us Two Childrens Sep 22, 2008 979
Epiphanies III - Densities Classical Sep 16, 2008 935
The Falcon A Cappella Aug 29, 2008 2375
Lullaby - take 2 A Cappella Aug 10, 2008 1131
Be Thou My Vision Collab A Cappella Aug 8, 2008 2079
Greensleeves A Cappella Aug 4, 2008 1960
My Dancing Day Redux A Cappella Aug 3, 2008 905
Red Earth Interlude Classical Aug 1, 2008 1084
Explorers Classical Jul 28, 2008 1026
In The Moon of Wintertime A Cappella Jul 19, 2008 1060
The Water Is Wide A Cappella Jul 15, 2008 1238
Long Road Home Folk Jul 13, 2008 836
General MIDI Suite - Charge Classical Jul 13, 2008 3649
In the Desert A Cappella Jul 11, 2008 1134
Tango Lacrimoso Classical Jul 9, 2008 990
Fantasy on Wildwood Flower Classical Jul 5, 2008 970
Lullaby A Cappella Jul 2, 2008 783
Los Pollitos A Cappella Jul 1, 2008 2485
Epiphanies II - Out of the Void Classical Jun 22, 2008 1249
Bach Little Prelude in F Classical Jun 21, 2008 1005
ComeThou Fount A Cappella Jun 21, 2008 1543
The Child of My Imagination A Cappella Jun 18, 2008 1351
In Sweet Joy Folk Jun 16, 2008 744
Red Earth A Cappella Jun 4, 2008 1215
Scherzo Classical Jun 1, 2008 1101
Tolling Bells Ambient May 30, 2008 1242
Tarantella Electronica May 29, 2008 1070
The Avowal A Cappella May 29, 2008 1592
My Dancing Day A Cappella May 27, 2008 1545

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