A Response to "Accessibility Is A Dead End"

Today, I'm sharing a response I wrote to a blog article posted some years ago by a Canadian composer named Aaron Gervais. I've often talked about this article because I believe that it's at the heart of what is happening…

Gratitude: Conrad Susa

Today would have been the 85th Birthday of my teacher and mentor, Conrad. Since this day of the week is a significant one to me and one that is rooted in gratitude, I'd like to say a little more about…

A Big Fat Seal on a Rock

A dear friend once described being in the music business to me using this analogy. 
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The person in the music business is a big fat seal on a rock, happily basking in the sun. Sometimes they can stay in…

This is 38.

This is 38. It's been an... interesting... 37th year. I must say though that I am deeply content and grateful for my life. 
Here are my truths today: 

  • There are no substitutes for full love and unexpectant generosity. They are…

A Choir is Not A Machine

I wrote this program note for Choral Chameleon's "Deus Ex Machina" concert, but it reflects something much broader which I consider to be true in choral music making: 

I have felt what I am about to write for years. I…