November 24, 2019

Last night's performance of "The Rite of Spring" by Igor Stravinsky at Benaroya was amazing. They opened up with Scriabin's "The Poem of Ecstasy" which I had never heard and is now in my heart. A truly dazzling and dynamic work.

Prior to intermission, we were treated to...

August 28, 2018

The following is an excerpt from a response email to a student after our lesson that included an exercise I call the "Hey Ride." I use the word "bellowing" to describe the sound that one aims to create in this exercise. Even though the word has Middle English origins m...

August 18, 2018

This is for those practicing instruments of any kind, including the voice.

There are 168 hours in a week. I usually get to see a student for only one of those hours. And although a great lesson can be a liberating experience with lasting benefits (don’t you love those?)...

June 4, 2018

Highlander: Hans Kirschner is a fully-licensed, fan-fiction short film directed by Andrew Modeen and features my original music. Andrew was a real pleasure to work with. It was clear right from the get-go that we both had that liberating sense of faith in each other's...

April 4, 2018

[The following is an excerpt from the introduction for my voice class given at the Westlake Dance Center in the fall of 2017, a class which I chose to call "Vocal Unity." I have also attached an unedited video in which I speak at length about the voice. It is, perhaps,...

March 26, 2018

In the summer of 2014, my boss at the Seattle School of Rock got a call from one of the moms of the school, Gayle Scherrer, who also happened to be the Life Enrichment Coordinator at Chateau Bothell Landing, a retirement community for senior citizens. Gayle wanted to k...

March 23, 2018

When I was still living in Chicago, a friend of mine and I boarded a bus near Buena and North Broadway. I don't remember where we were heading, but we paid our fares and continued our conversation. We sat on the seats near the front that face each other. There was a wo...

March 18, 2018

When I was at Wilbur Wright College (one of the City Colleges of Chicago) around the turn of the millennium, I was fortunate to have several great instructors including Michael Holian. Professor Holian is the kind of brilliant and inspiring man you'd expect to be runni...

March 16, 2018

The Buffalo Bills are on my list of all-time favorite singers (list forthcoming). They are featured in one of the best musicals of all time - The Music Man - where their work-a-day characters spontaneously discover their inherent ability to sing in perfect 4-part harmo...

March 6, 2018

Some time ago, I pretty much stopped posting on The Book of Faces. I dunno...I guess, for me, something about that format makes me feel like I am only ever cultivating my self-importance. Whether or not a blog will serve a higher purpose than a FB post is anybody's gue...

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