Musicians- If you ever feel that making music doesn’t matter, or isn’t contributing to the world in a positive way, watch this video. Music animates this man, gives him life. Listen to how he describes music…words like “love, dreams, holy” and “the world needs love right now.” Music is indeed important my friends. Keep on making it. Keep on playing it. Keep on listening to it. You never know who will draw strength from what you create or how.
Today I had the fortune of being asked to join the WBUUC Middle School Religious Ed. class to help them in a little project. The goal was for them to write the lyrics to a song that expresses their theology and what they think it means to be a UU. In 40 minutes we were able to write lyrics, a melody, play through and record a song! It was really something. The lyrics they came up with were heartfelt and they sang beautifully, harmonies and everything. I was really proud of them and grateful to have been part of theContinue readingWBUUC Middle School Relgious Ed. Song
So here it is…10-something PM on the last day of my twenties. What did I do today? I got up, fed the dog, changed and fed the kid, kissed everyone goodbye as I went to work. While at work I fixed an electric piano and worked at some social media for my non-profit, fixed some IT problems and worked on laying out a book that my dad co-wrote for his consulting firm. I came home, watched some Sesame Street with my son, Finn, had dinner together, and spent a good 20 minutes rocking him to sleep and telling him aboutContinue readingWhat a Ride…
So I’m reading this book, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, and the chapter I’m on is about amusia. Amusia means “without music.” It’s like color blindness, but for sound. Now I’m sure your thoughts jumped right to that old lady in church who can’t sing in tune to save her life (yet she sings louder than everyone else and always seems to be seated next to you)…yeah, we all know that lady. But tone deafness doesn’t even begin to cover it. These people actually cannot distinguish melodies, pitches, timbres, tones or rhythms. If you played Ravel’s “Bolero”, RayContinue readingMusings on Music and Amusia
This is part of my Songbook series…unfinished tracks right out of my songbook, as they’re written, to document the journey from concept to album track in my next CD. This tune is in response to a series of conversations, revelations and otherwise concerning acceptance of GLBT individuals and couples, especially after reading this article and seeing some of the responses to that article in this video. Nobody deserves to be met with scorn for loving who they love. I wasn’t questioned or judged when I married Jenn so why should my friend John have had to fight for his rightContinue readingSongbook – Open Wide