January 31, 2014


This weekend, I made my first jaunt back into the recording studio since completing the Joyful Noise sessions last year. It felt really good to be in that environment again. To get my studio chops back in shape, I decided to start things off with a short, simple piece called "Umbrella," which I had composed based on a poem that my daughter had written. It is basically a family heirloom kind of piece that heavily features my kids. My daughter (age 8) plays the recorder and performs a spoken word part. My son (age 10) plays the clarinet. The session was a total blast and we really adore the way the the piece came out. We're in the process now of creating a video slideshow to accompany the music. I took the liberty of creating a profile on SoundCloud to which I've uploaded "Umbrella" and "Psalm 23" (from the Joyful Noise-EP). You can listen to both of those recordings HERE for the time being. Hope you enjoy!

Anyway, in other music-related news, I was really interested in seeing the Musical Revival of Pippin on Broadway. I haven't attended a live show in quite a while and I thought it would make for a great winter's night out in Manhattan, plus the rave reviews that it has been getting made it seem like a must-see. Unfortunately, my online ticket search yielded a price tag of about $150 for a seat in the Rear Mezzanine. As far as I'm concerned, that is ridiculously steep for the worst view in the house, but, with the premium seats costing roughly $400 apiece, I suppose it constitutes a bargain these days. I understand that there is overhead and a profit needs to be made, but, I mean, ouch! I've noticed this trend building over the last couple of years -- ticket prices for live events have absolutely skyrocketed. Even shows that I used to be able to go to every year (such as Disney On Ice and Monster Jam) have become too expensive for comfort. It's a shame because there's nothing quite like an exciting live event, but, with prices ranging up to and sometimes beyond 1000% of what they were just two years ago, I simply can't afford to purchase tickets anymore. Unless some modestly-priced acts come to town, I have no choice but to remove concerts and shows from my to-do list. That's that. Oh well...

"Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
do not trust your own cleverness."

~Proverbs 23:4


January 1, 2014


Hap-hap-happy New Year to you! Welcome to MMXIV! Wishing you happiness and health. May this year be a spectacular one. As I do every New Year's Eve, I spent the day taking down all of the indoor Christmas decorations and giving the house a thorough cleaning. Everything feels fresh and good and I'm ready to begin 2014. In the evening, I went out to a pajama party at my cousin's house. At midnight, we went out on to the front lawn and banged pots and pans together. It was fun!

So, have you made any New Year's resolutions? This Christmas, I received two musical instruments as gifts - an udu and a bodhrán. I now have a very nice assortment of percussion instruments and I'm excited about the rhythmic possibilities. My New Year's resolution this year will be to record another CD. Releasing "Joyful Noise" in 2013 was very satisfying and I'm looking forward to doing it all again. I already have 8 pieces of new music written and I hope to work on them in the studio over the winter. Perhaps I'll have a new album out on iTunes by early summer. Other than that, it also popped in my head that I'd like to take a dance course at some point in 2014. Maybe Latin dancing. I know that the school usually offers courses like that in the spring. I haven't looked into it yet, so I'll see how it goes. Cheers!

"Behold, I will do a new thing;
now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?
I will even make a way in the wilderness,
and rivers in the desert."

~Isaiah 43:19