Category Archives: Music Philosophy

How to get to Carnegie Hall

I was at an event lately and there was a panel discussion with the fabulous Robin Spielberg in which she was talking about her music career as a concert pianist and promoter. Robin is a no-nonsense, hard-working business person that has been successful in a tough career for 35 years now, largely because of her […]

A shout out to publishers

I spent this week at the Composers Symposium at Pine Lake Music in Atlanta, an event where church music publishers and writers learn from each other, present songs to each other, network, and in general, laugh a lot. If you know much about me, you know that I have never been published. There are good reasons for […]

Why I left the Conservative Music Movement.

I am usually considered to be a conservative Christian musician because most of the music I perform and record is traditional and conservative. I like big orchestras more than bands. I like working with established older songs more than the CCLI top 20. That being said, I do not consider myself part of the conservative […]

Not good enough to play in church?

Much ink is spilled about the tension between progressives and conservatives in the world of church music. I have written more than my share on that topic but today I want to talk about another uneasy tension that exists in church music: the tension between trying to hold high standards and giving anyone a chance […]