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Organ in Pennsylvania (1 of 2)

»Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Music Performances, Organ | 0 comments

Organ in Pennsylvania (1 of 2)

Tessa and I had the opportunity to provide the music for a Christian Science church in Berwyn, PA last month. How fun to visit and perform as guests! This church is equipped with an organ, which was another opportunity for me to have an organ performance. Here is the prelude I played, comprised of organ solo versions of two songs that Tessa and I have published over the two years: Let There Be Light, and O Gentle Presence. Both are settings to poems by Mary Baker Eddy, and sound very nice as...

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Piano Album Recording Session #3 of 4

»Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Music Reflections | 0 comments

Piano Album Recording Session #3 of 4

Another season, another recording session for my 2015 solo piano album. It was a pretty hot fall day, even though the summer was technically over. In our 1928 house, this meant that between every few takes we had to cool off by blasting the window air conditioning unit and turning on a cavalry of small fans. This being the third session of the year, I was glad to note that my targets were more modest (and realistic) in terms of how many songs we were going to get down per day and how long it would take! I’d also come to terms with the fact that at some point, it would be best to just stop for the day. No matter how many times I keep pushing for a good take, after 6 or 7 hours straight the performance quality simply won’t be high enough. So this...

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Recording for Upcoming Solo Piano Album

»Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Albums, Music Reflections | 0 comments

Recording for Upcoming Solo Piano Album

Two weekends ago we completed the second recording session for my 2015 solo piano album. It was smoother than our first session in January, mostly I think because I knew better what to expect in terms of recording on my own piano … and also because we didn’t have any surprise piano issues (The first session brought with it some mysterious clicks and a double-hitting note!) I’m also appreciating how the recording process is making me a better musician. The thing is, the music sounds different when you’re playing compared to when you listen to the playback. But after going back and forth enough, I’m starting to be able to hear how the recording sounds WHEN I’m playing instead of only afterwards. That is helpful. The other aspect...

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I Released My First Album 10 Years Ago

»Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Sheet Music | 0 comments

I Released My First Album 10 Years Ago

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since I produced Save It for a Rainy Day, my first album. I’ve made great strides in musical ability over the past decade, and it’s fun to listen back to hear where I was back then. What’s more, I’m thrilled to have the album AND sheet music newly available on Watchfire Music. Save It for a Rainy Day Album » Save It for a Rainy Day Piano Sheet Music » You can also find some interesting thoughts there about some of the compositions. For example, the first track was basically an examination of the major 7th chord, which I had just discovered, and Redemption explores the musical effect you get when switching from a minor to a major triad. I’m hoping to spend more time on this...

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