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Piano at The Willard Hotel

»Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Music Performances, Piano Gigs | 0 comments

Piano at The Willard Hotel

I had the distinct and honorable pleasure of being asked to play piano at an event hosted by the Museum of the Bible celebrating the 155th anniversary of Julia Ward Howe’s writing of the lyrics to the Battle Hymn of the Republic, which contain many Bible references and was written in the wee hours of November 19th, 1861. To mark the occasion, the Museum of the Bible had an exhibit in the lobby of the Willard Hotel, and had me playing piano off to the side. I played through several Civil War-era tunes, circling back to different versions and motifs of the Battle Hymn. The Willard is an elegant luxury hotel that has been in business since at least the 1860s. In fact, it was in a room there where Julia Ward Howe woke up in the wee hours on the morning and...

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Happy 4th of July!

»Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Music Performances | 0 comments

Happy 4th of July!

Enjoy my solo piano rendition of Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa, played yesterday as the postlude for our church service. Stars and Stripes - Church Postlude...

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NEW SOLO PIANO CD! Coming December

»Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Albums | 0 comments

NEW SOLO PIANO CD! Coming December

. Announcing a new solo piano album: “Piano on 24th” Piano on 24th is an album of solo piano pieces that starts out with joyful, pure, inspirational compositions and segues into colorful tunes with flares of minor themes, flamenco, and rock piano. It is comprised of songs that I wrote this year and others that date as far back as 12 years. To help get this project to the finish line, Tessa and I put together this Kickstarter campaign which allows you to support us by: pre-purchasing CDs becoming a supporter or producer (with your name listed on CD) contributing any amount! Come To This FountainHarpstringsAndalucia Here’s what’s happened so far this year: 4 studio sessions resulting in 12 recordings and 1 bonus track 10 songs mixed with...

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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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