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

Hand Clapping

While at Beidler Forest I heard a familiar sound I had not heard in awhile – a rhythmic hand clapping pattern clapped as one-two-three-and-four.  This is used to get a class’s attention, and the kids the repeat the pattern back to you. I learned this trick when I was teaching music.  It was a good … Continue reading Hand Clapping


I have finally delved into the world of Podcasting. No, don’t expect a feed from here anytime soon. I’ve just gotten started looking at various subscriptions. Right now I’m probably oversubscribed – kind of like the early heady days of e-mail when you would subscribe to a ton of distribution lists, only later to regret … Continue reading Quodlibet

Ash Wednesday

I began this Lenten season with the sin of pride.  Having missed Mardi Gras by spending it all day at a hospital with my father, I figured I was entitled to at least some leeway on Ash Wednesday. Fourth Presbyterian had a service this evening with Communion and the imposition of the ashes.  During the … Continue reading Ash Wednesday

Liebeslieder Ludicrous

I had actually typed this up and meant to post it Sunday, but never got around to it.  Oh well… I love choral music.  My preference is for smaller, intimate pieces, rather than the large orchestral works such as Mozart Requiem, Mendelssohn "Elijah", etc.  I like doing the larger works, but nothing brings out the … Continue reading Liebeslieder Ludicrous

Rock Me Amadeus

Happy 250th Birthday, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! There have been many commemorations today, starting with Mozart’s Mass in C on XM Vox, and ending with several segments analyzing his music on NPR’s All Things Considered.  The Greenville Symphony has plans for an all-Mozart concert Saturday evening. While I didn’t rush home and play several Mozart sonatas … Continue reading Rock Me Amadeus

The Single Dilemma

I think I’m finally getting my digital music library straightened out.  I wasn’t sure I was going to like iTunes, but it’s growing on me, and I’m finding ways to organize my nearly 60 GB of audio files.  Many of those files are duplicates, and though they are contained on one shared drive, they are … Continue reading The Single Dilemma