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Poetry

Typically when we think of poetry, we picture poetry of regular rhyme and rhythm. For example, eight syllables per line with every other line in rhyme, four lines per stanza. When those poems are put to music, they are often set to music that is similarly very regular, e.g. eight notes per phrase,...

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First page of the score

Before the conferences a few weeks ago I didn't have a minute to "flip the burger", working all day, all evening, many late (early?) nights, weekends. But during the week of Thanksgiving, as well as the weekends before and after, I certainly did make the flip, to Joel the mad composer. After c...

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MusicScore

Thursday, May 10 of this year I woke up with a musical theme laying on my pillow, so to speak. Developed several variations of it while getting ready for the day, then finally had several hours on Saturday to work out a fully-scored composition. While it's not every day you hear 13 beats per measu...

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MusicScore

Amongst all of my business today, it was nice to take a step into the imaginary world of this little piece composed about 11 years ago when I was still in Pensacola, and a bit of a predecessor to Symphony No. 1. Maybe you'll find it a nice little excursion as well. But be forewarned of early-200...

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This is my only symphony so far. It was written and recorded in 2006, primarily as a soundtrack for a planetarium show at Pensacola Christian College entitled "Stair Steps to Space." It was, of course then, written primarily to support the content of the show, and strictly conforms to the show's f...

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Pensacola Beach

Same Office

Twas a packed three weeks on the road. I worked a full week at my in-laws' house in the middle of the Appalachian mountains -- and it's amazing where you can have a decent Internet connection these days -- then traveled down to Pensacola, Florida where I was able to work with my part...

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Spring of 2015, a friend of mine who is a piano professor (not my business partner; a different friend) said his piano students need some more character pieces, and suggested I compose a set. Since I love composing and the idea of seeing my music used by others, I immediately thought it was a good i...

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