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 641
Advent A Cappella Dec 4, 2014 562
This Is The Day A Cappella Nov 16, 2014 457
rondo allegro Classical Sep 8, 2014 438
Evensong Classical Jan 10, 2014 559
Come Ye Weary A Cappella Sep 25, 2013 319
The Lobster Quadrille Classical Sep 10, 2013 1002
Holy Manna Inspirational May 24, 2013 876
The Servant Girl at Emmaus Classical Apr 9, 2013 1783
Of Being Classical Dec 31, 2012 349
Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas Holiday Dec 25, 2012 513
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day Classical Dec 20, 2012 290
Nine Pianos Classical Nov 24, 2012 457
Exaltation Classical Nov 18, 2012 346
For All the Saints - Go Marchin' In Classical Nov 1, 2012 510
Ave Verum Corpus Spiritual/Gospel Apr 5, 2012 1302
Evensong: Let Evening Come A Cappella Apr 4, 2012 1090
Aubade Classical Dec 16, 2011 578
Good King Wenceslas Holiday Dec 10, 2011 517
Advent Moon Classical Nov 26, 2011 834
Caedmon Classical Aug 3, 2011 1457
Explorers 3.0 Classical Jun 26, 2011 558
Explorers - with piano Classical Jun 26, 2011 530
He Is The Way Classical May 13, 2011 3495
Dona Nobis Pacem A Cappella Apr 23, 2011 1057
Celtic Blessing A Cappella Mar 17, 2011 1162
Introit Classical Mar 11, 2011 498
Come Sunday Classical Feb 21, 2011 674
Hornpipe Classical Oct 12, 2010 703
Song of Simeon A Cappella Sep 14, 2010 1144
Sweet Joy! Classical Jul 17, 2010 686
Contrabassoon fundamentals. Classical Jul 5, 2010 1011
Happy Birthday A Cappella Apr 21, 2010 1981
The Hour of Banquet and Love Spiritual/Gospel Mar 30, 2010 2718
How Can I Keep from Singing A Cappella Jan 21, 2010 1517
Changes Ambient Jan 3, 2010 763
St Peter and the Angel A Cappella Jan 3, 2010 1356
Epiphanies - The Speed of Light Classical Jan 2, 2010 984
Abide With Me Inspirational Nov 6, 2009 1874
In Paradisum A Cappella Oct 2, 2009 1411
d' Bears Classical Jul 28, 2009 910
Julian Classical Jul 17, 2009 3291
My Country Classical May 26, 2009 772
A Cradle Song A Cappella May 12, 2009 1622
Cascades Ambient Apr 17, 2009 823
Variations on Au Clair de la Lune Classical Apr 8, 2009 1960
Temple Bells Electronica Apr 2, 2009 1148
Ursprunglischer Gedanke Classical Mar 29, 2009 760
Morning Has Broken A Cappella Mar 29, 2009 1444
God Bless America Redux Classical Mar 18, 2009 2262
The Royal Banners Classical Mar 7, 2009 2417
The Star Classical Feb 26, 2009 1473
Fanfare Classical Jan 12, 2009 741
A Celtic Prayer A Cappella Jan 9, 2009 1475
This Little Light of Mine A Cappella Jan 8, 2009 1506
NuMac Jingle Electronica Dec 24, 2008 913
Brightest and Best A Cappella Dec 14, 2008 1755
Deck the Hall Holiday Nov 25, 2008 796
Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming A Cappella Nov 22, 2008 1051
General Midi Suite - March Classical Nov 11, 2008 970
General Midi Suite - Taps Classical Nov 11, 2008 4044
The Ashgrove A Cappella Oct 18, 2008 932
General Midi Suite - Reveille Classical Oct 9, 2008 3023
I'll Sing On A Cappella Sep 24, 2008 3985
Us Two Childrens Sep 22, 2008 970
Epiphanies III - Densities Classical Sep 16, 2008 925
The Falcon A Cappella Aug 29, 2008 2341
Lullaby - take 2 A Cappella Aug 10, 2008 1118
Be Thou My Vision Collab A Cappella Aug 8, 2008 2071
Greensleeves A Cappella Aug 4, 2008 1937
My Dancing Day Redux A Cappella Aug 3, 2008 899
Red Earth Interlude Classical Aug 1, 2008 1076
Explorers Classical Jul 28, 2008 1018
In The Moon of Wintertime A Cappella Jul 19, 2008 1044
The Water Is Wide A Cappella Jul 15, 2008 1214
Long Road Home Folk Jul 13, 2008 829
General MIDI Suite - Charge Classical Jul 13, 2008 3644
In the Desert A Cappella Jul 11, 2008 1125
Tango Lacrimoso Classical Jul 9, 2008 976
Fantasy on Wildwood Flower Classical Jul 5, 2008 961
Lullaby A Cappella Jul 2, 2008 776
Los Pollitos A Cappella Jul 1, 2008 2476
Epiphanies II - Out of the Void Classical Jun 22, 2008 1238
Bach Little Prelude in F Classical Jun 21, 2008 996
ComeThou Fount A Cappella Jun 21, 2008 1529
The Child of My Imagination A Cappella Jun 18, 2008 1341
In Sweet Joy Folk Jun 16, 2008 738
Red Earth A Cappella Jun 4, 2008 1206
Scherzo Classical Jun 1, 2008 1092
Tolling Bells Ambient May 30, 2008 1234
Tarantella Electronica May 29, 2008 1062
The Avowal A Cappella May 29, 2008 1582
My Dancing Day A Cappella May 27, 2008 1534

Collaborations

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A Christmas Prayer Holiday Dec 20, 2008 5419

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