A Friendly Fog Spirit

She was playing Mary Magdalene, and I was playing Jesus, in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar, in Athens, Ohio. One weekday during the show’s rehearsal period, the two of us drove up to Old Man’s Cave, a magnificent half mile-long gorge in Hocking Hills State Park. After exploring a series of trails that crisscross […]

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The Cat and the Butterfly

 The Venue Fine Art and Gifts hosts many wonderful community events in Bloomington, Indiana, including one they call Ekphrasis, where they invite poets to choose a painting in their art gallery, write a poem inspired by that painting, and then recite the poem in front of an audience in the gallery. Thankfully I was invited […]

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Joyous Exaltation Reprise Video

Happy New Year, everyone! Charlea Janette Bailey put together this beautiful video featuring ballet dancers, to my song “Joyous Exaltation Reprise”, which features Lauren Brown and me in a vocal duet, and me playing piano. Hope you enjoy it! This song is on my Euphoric Owls album, which is available on iTunes. Thanks so much to […]

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Twilight Turns to Night

Twilight…dusk is here Shadows steal the sun’s last kiss One last round of hide-and-seek As bats are dining in the breeze Look up at the sky The moon ascends, Lord of all the night, Drawing our inner tide’s ebb and flow Twilight…dusk is here Pick a bedtime story now Feel the wisdom of the owl […]

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Awakening (Word Version)

I had written a piece for virtuoso accordion as an underscore for part of Ann Randolph’s one-woman show, “Squeeze Box”. Then it turned out she needed another original piece for her show, because the Aaron Copland Foundation had not given her permission to use his “Appalachian Spring”. So I began the daunting task of trying to write something that […]

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Caught On a Hook

A few years ago I spent many hours listening to a friend talk about her unhappy marriage. I was so moved by her plight that I wrote a song about it, called “Caught On a Hook”. When I finished the song, I hesitated to play it for her, because it was not a happy or […]

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Turiya: The 4th State of Consciousness

Last summer I got to meet and hang out with Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, at my good friend Iva Nasr’s Rifles to Roses book launch.  I had just started reading Eat, Pray, Love, and got Liz to sign my copy. Since then I have read the whole book, which I thoroughly enjoyed! […]

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What if Satie wrote a 4th Gymnopédie?

When I heard the jazz-rock group Blood, Sweat and Tear’s arrangement of Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie #1, it started a long love affair of listening to and playing the beautiful music of this eccentric French composer. A few years ago I was sight-reading through an anthology of his piano music. When I reached the “Trois Gymnopédies”, […]

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Rest in Peace, Sybil

I fell in love with Sybil, the youngest daughter of the Crawley family on the TV series, Downton Abbey. Born into an aristocratic, wealthy family in Yorkshire, England, yet she went to nursing school, and helped care for the wounded soldiers who had returned from the war. Many servants worked and resided in the huge, […]

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Adagio sostenuto from Moonlight Sonata

When I was around 16, I played the first movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata for a solo and ensemble event in Mansfield, Ohio. I had always loved music, but at that time I was perched on a precipice, ready to jump into a free fall of immersion in the magical world of melodies and harmonies. […]

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