Songs You Know by Heart

Ask any non-musician to describe their concept of opera, and you’ll most likely get a Wagnerian Brunhilde. Ask that same person to hum a few bars from an opera, and if they are able to produce anything at all, it will probably be a snippet of Figaro from Rossini, or one of the many recognizable … Continue reading Songs You Know by Heart

Harold Hecuba Presents…

Tonight we started working on a concert version of Bizet’s Carmen.  It’s a Spanish tale, sung in French by an American Choir, conducted by a Russian.  It will be a real international affair with all the songs you know by heart. Of course, I know very different words to these tunes.  My knowledge of Carmen … Continue reading Harold Hecuba Presents…

Photography Songs

For every situation in life there exists at least one song or bastardization thereof. Taylor’s Axiom I’ve posted them before. As a musician, those are words I’ve tried to live by. As a hobbyist, I like to find songs that fit my current passion. I’ve collected river songs for when I’m kayaking, songs about maps … Continue reading Photography Songs


Prior to our concert at the Peace Center last night, the entering audience was serenaded (if that’s the right word) by a group of 35 tubas playing Christmas carols.  Apparently this is a national event that takes place the second weekend of December each year.  According to the TubaChristmas website…   TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in … Continue reading TubaChristmas


This weekend we presented our annual Christmas concert with the Greenville Chorale.  The concert was a joint effort between the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra and the Chorale, with a Friday concert up there and Saturday night in the Peace Center.  With the ensuing rehearsals, it was quite a busy weekend. Thursday night’s rehearsal was a bit … Continue reading [loud]Magnificent[/loud]

Veni Emmanuel

…in the fullness of time… Such a curious expression. One tends to hear it mostly in Biblical contexts, but there are other references in literature. According to and, the phrase means the following: If something happens in the fullness of time, it will happen when the time is right and appropriate. Fullness of … Continue reading Veni Emmanuel

Holiday Music Glut

The holiday season is always a busy time of year.  Not only are there dates for gatherings with friends and family to be juggled, but there are more musical perfomances than one could possibly attend.  Every church is going to have their own program, as is every school performing ensemble.  Tack onto that the various … Continue reading Holiday Music Glut

Back at Fourth

I got a call from my friend Hank this week asking if I would help out in the bass section this Sunday.  The last time he called I was going to be in London, and I didn’t have that excuse this time.  Besides, I really like these folks, and I was looking forward to seeing … Continue reading Back at Fourth

Fourth Finale

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! …and thus the familiar Easter refrain brought to a close my six-month tenure at Fourth Presbyterian.  It was a bit weird, and has been highly awkward.  Several times over the last couple of weeks there have been announcements about the new director that has been hired, but … Continue reading Fourth Finale