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How Can I Keep From Singing

Background Last Fall I was at my Grandmother’s 95th birthday party. Two of my father’s cousins, who are also sisters, had come from Ohio to join in the festivities. My grandmother, their Aunt Jean, is the last of her generation, so the cousins had lost…

Redeemed

Over a year ago I felt like I needed to stop being a solo songwriter. I knew several people from church who felt the same way, and I invited them to join together to actually accomplish something. After several false starts three of us started…

Recording Session – Cello

My good fortune from the Christmas break holds – I knocked out another recording session for the Emmanuel Medley today. This time a solo cello. As mentioned in previous posts the medley consists of three older minor-key Christmas carols, the last of which is Let…

Recording Session – Trinity Church

This fall my wife and I helped out with a friends wedding, which was held at the historic Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Portsmouth, Virginia. The church is recently remodeled and is beautiful. It also has a really nice Steinway Model B in the sanctuary….

Manger Recording Session: Violin

Last year when I was arranging Away in A Manger for Moments of Comfort and Joy I had a fairly specific concept for what I wanted the violin part to sound like. Given the folksy nature of the arrangement with Appalacian Dulcimer as the central…

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