Different Language – Same Mystery

Different Language – Same Mystery

Instructions on how to assemble a piece of furniture are most useful to me if they are in English. I need to be able to fully understand and comprehend them in order to assemble said piece of furniture. Liturgy, on the other hand, is not an instruction manual to help us “assemble” the sacred mysteries into something we can comprehend.

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A Slave To The Page

A Slave To The Page

A position on early music education. A Language Learned How do children learn language? It is the aural learning that provides the elemental basis for language skills. We do not first learn what the sounds look like – we learn first by hearing. The visual is learned by connecting the knowledge gained through aural perception to the symbols that represent

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Back Home in Lourdes

Back Home in Lourdes

I returned for my second pilgrimage to Lourdes, France this month as an Auxiliary member of the Order of Malta American Association . This time I was slightly more prepared, but still bowled over by the spirit of this place. My job was to provide music for the various masses and services – a special job for sure. Parish music

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The Beatles as Music Teacher?

The Beatles as Music Teacher?

The Beatles are the music teachers in our house. at the moment… Awesome. How am I teaching my kids music? In a completely unstructured environment that allows them to listen to all genres and varieties of music. Sure we showed them a couple of things on the piano, but they have learned to use something, something that is so often

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Scoring “Homeless in a College Town”

Scoring “Homeless in a College Town”

This documentary by counterfeit cow productions is about the homeless in Amherst MA, and shows a side of town that people do not associate with an educated, successful college and touristy town. Looking forward to scoring this documentary – it spoke to me right away. Take a look.

A Little Recognition

A Little Recognition

I was pleased to have a short mention in a publication at Fairfield University recognizing the part-time faculty. This link is to the online version of the blurb: http://blog.fairfield.edu/web_features/2012/03/23/part-time-faculty-full-time-contributions/ And this is the link to the pdf version of the magazine they mail to the faculty on campus (page 6): http://www.fairfield.edu/documents/academic/cas_newsltr_sp12.pdf Its a short mention, but nice to be in

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Introduce Children to Music

I read this article on NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence” – check out the full text here. Here is the last part about the author’s opinions on music and children – good stuff. Talking down to kids about music never works, just as it doesn’t work in any other subject matter. Children can smell disingenuousness at a thousand paces. Moreover, there’s no

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A first…

A first…

…for my film music aspirations. I am going to the Bergenfield Film Festival tonight to see the screening of Honorable Retribution at the Clearview Cinema 5 theater. I am excited to see the film on a big screen, and hopefully hear a convincing soundtrack! I am also looking forward to hearing what other fellow composers are doing and make some

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Film Festival Debut

Film Festival Debut

I just learned that the movie Honorable Retribution, for which I composed the soundtrack, has been accepted to the Bergenfield Film Festival in Bergenfield, NJ. This would be my first “sound appearance” in a film festival.  Wishing all involved with the film the best of luck. Here is the website for the festival being held on Thursday, May 5th at

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Emily Dickinson Set

The first round of editing is finished – this just highlighted several more corrections that need to be addressed. Once finished – trying to figure out how to self-publish the set.  I’m registered as a composer and publisher with ASCAP – still need to do some research on how this all works. Here are a few of the first pages.

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Genesis

No, not a post about the first book of the Bible, or a throw-back to an 80’s rock group. I am speaking about the moment of creation – the initial spark of consciousness. As a composer, I have been grappling with this idea of genesis: Where do my ideas come from? Did I create the music? I am beginning to

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