Thursday, May 10, 2012

Many of you have seen the movie about this Joulliard trained musician who then suffered from schizophrenia and became a homeless person. In 2009 he played for the American Music Therapy Association Convention last year (2009) in San Diego, California. I found this video on Youtube that I thought was fascinating. You can see someone who comes alive through the power or music. It presents such a strong connection to the world of reality.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Music and Emotion Through Time

In my research about how music communicates, I found this great TED talk by Michael Tilson Thomas. It's about 20 minutes, but I think that you will enjoy some of his insights:

Music and emotion through time

Now the question is then, "How does the emotional content within Catholic Music or Contemporary Christian music really communicate with the power of music?" " Is it as effective as it an be or once was?"
Why or why not?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Ave Verum - new arrangement

Finally, I've been moving forward on my new project. This is my latest "world music" piece, developed from Ave Verum by Charles Camille Saint-Saens. Romantic meets the lastest instrumentation and effects!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Martyr, A Monk, and Song

Today is the Feast of St. Cecilia. But there is another person in history, the monk who invented the staff and solfege that we should also pay heed to:

Without his great effort, or someone later on like him, modern Western music may well have never existed!

Contemporary Christian and Catholic Music

I haven't posted in awhile, but this was just a great article on Contemporary Christian music and Contemporary Catholic music that I could not pass up sending it along! :

Sunday, August 21, 2011


I recently joined Spotify as a free user in the U. S. They are just now rolling out in the States. Apparently, in the next six months, the REAL model (not free) will be pushed even harder. Still not a bad deal. I will have to think about whether this should be a fee based or advertiser based plan. Remember when cable cost, but there were no adertisements. Things do change, don't they? And the music business is the midst of extreme change right now.

I get to witness this from both directions because I'm also an artist on Spotify and rather proud of my 1/10th of a cent spins! :-)
Spotify in US

Renew the Face of the Earth

Lord Send out Your Spirit In commemoration of the completion of the Year of St. Paul! Check out for higher resolution versions!