UNT Show Promo

The University of North Texas Department of Theatre and Dance profiled me in a YouTube video this week which shows video from the band rehearsal featuring Kurt Shafer on Reeds, Sam Walker on Guitar, Peggy Honea on bass and the infamous Wes Griffin on drums.

Christmas in August

Last summer I was asked to direct a large children’s chorus as well as an adult chorus singing a track on a Holiday CD produced by DFW Actors Give Back.  The CD was a fund raiser for Jonathan’s Place, a “home-style” emergency shelter for abused, abandoned and neglected children and a Foster & Adoptive Family Program located in Dallas.

It was a pleasure and honor to work with so many talented adults and children from around the DFW area on such a worth cause.

Here’s a video interview with me and several of the other talent from the project…

My New Favorite Piece

Austin Snow backstage

Please check out this recording from yesterday’s performance at Texas Wesleyan. I discovered this piece by Manuel de Falla entitled “Nana” from his Siete Canciones Populares Españolas and fell in love with it immediately. It is played here by the multi talented Austin Snow on Oboe and myself on Piano.

Welcome Home

It’s been a very busy summer and my son Max had just arrived back in town from camp with his cousins. My mom brought him to church in the middle of the service and he came down front to where I was at the piano. He gave me a big hug and I invited him to play a duet with me at the piano for the offertory music. I gave him an ostinato fifth to play on the upper half of the keyboard whilst I improvised underneath. The resulting audio below captures the feelings I had seeing my boy after several days of missing him.

Welcome home, Son.

Max on our annual end of school camping trip.

I See the Light

Sunshine Lake (Cartwright Park, Weatherford)

A student of mine is working on this duet and needed a reference recording of the separate harmony parts – so Mary and I thought it would be fun to record it for them. My daughter Rose approves (it’s from one of her favorite movies).

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West Side Story on Good Morning Texas 1998

I was looking for my DVD of Oh Brother Where Art Thou and instead found an old VHS tape labeled Good Morning Texas 1998.  On the tape was this television appearance by the cast of Granbury Opera House’s West Side Story.

This show remains my absolute favorite musical production ever for SO many reasons:

My future wife in the lead, my brother playing auxiliary everything in the pit, my best friend on percussion, Leonard Bernstein and Sondheim and my first season as a musical director.

Out of Time – Archive Recordings

Mary's Headshot for West Side Story 1999

In March of 2002 I recorded an EP with my wife and some great friends of mine under the band name “Out of Time”.  I found a CD of it floating around and decided I should plop the mp3’s out there on the net so people could hear what an amazing singer my wife is.  And this was almost ten years ago!

Wes Griffin

The bass player is the amazing Randy Hayes and percussion is Wes Griffin.  I’ve spent the afternoon reminiscing about how fun this recording was and what a shame I don’t get to play with these guys anymore.  Randy, if you’re out there – I’ve totally lost your number!  and Wes – I’m not sure what our excuse is.

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Daughter Rose Sings

Rose at the church Christmas Pageant

Sunday afternoons are perfect for naps, but today my daughter and I sat down at the piano to sing music from her favorite movie – Tangled.  She let me record her and I am super proud.  I’m hoping we can make a legit recording sometime after we’ve worked on it for a while, but its so sweet hearing her little 4 year old voice singing – I can’t help but share with my family.

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