Life by the Book (the Book of Winnie the Pooh)

Doing nothing often leads to the very best kind of something. – Winnie the Pooh My family wanted to go see the new Winnie the Pooh movie yesterday in the late afternoon. When they told me, I decided to go with them. I am a sucker for the wisdom you find in Winnie the Pooh–I […]

A Few Things About Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

I have a few teaching moments from the arrangement that I published last week. We have already discussed the overall feel of the piece. When you hear this song typically, it is grand and a bit ponderous. I took a sort of wistful approach but it works with the lyrics just as well I think. […]

New Arrangement: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

A wise teacher once gave me a bit of advice. If you want to be a good musician, you have to do three things: practice, listen, and live. Don’t ever think that writing/performing music is just about Finale and a practice room. You need to listen to music; but even more importantly, you need to […]

The Very, Very End of the Abuse Series: Remembering Becky

Here are links to this entire series: Part 1: My story of abuse (Introduction) Part 2: Seven things you need to know about abusers Part 3: Dealing with victims of abuse Part 4: It started with a crossword puzzle Part 5: Getting help for an abuse victim Part 6: Taking the next step Part 7: My […]

Writing from Russia

I have been fascinated with Russia for many years. My grandmother was a Jew that was smuggled out of Russia on a boat during the early communist years. According to family stories that are largely unconfirmed, her Jewish family was communist and heavily involved in the persecution of Russian Jews. (Sadly, Lenin and Stalin killed […]

New Arrangement: Lead Me To Calvary

I just published a new arrangement (“Lead Me To Calvary”) on my sheet music page. This arrangement is moderate (on the somewhat subjective scale I use). It is designed to be way easier than the last few arrangements that I have published here. If you are a member of the monthly hymn arrangement club, don’t […]

Workflow for Selling Arrangements Online

Before I get into today’s post, let me say a few things about my last post. Thank you for the response to that (mostly by email). I greatly appreciate your encouragement and compliments. Please don’t think that I wrote that last arrangement from the place of discouragement. Based on some emails, I think some people […]

Announcing the Suspension of the Monthly Hymn Arrangement Club

I mentioned yesterday that I had an announcement about the Monthly Hymn Arrangement Club and it is this: I am shutting it down in May, 2019. I will talk about why in a second; but before I do, here are some important things to note: June, 2018 will be the last month that you can […]

New Arrangement: There is a Fountain

I just posted a new arrangement of “There is a Fountain” on my sheet music page. This is a tough arrangement really. Several of these have been tough recently; and next month, I am going to stay ultra-easy. For those in the monthly hymn arrangement club, this one is coming to you. However, I want […]