Having someone watch your every move is typically considered to be a negative experience, but it’s not so with God. Knowing that He watches us each moment, knows our every thought, and guides our every step brings an incredible sense of joy and lasting peace. This past Sunday morning my wife and I led […]Read more "Thankful for His Watchfulness"
“I’m fighting every day,” recording artist Mandisa said in an interview with MLive.com. “It’s an every-day, one-decision, one-temptation at a time battle I’m fighting.” This reality inspired Mandisa to record a song entitled Overcomer, which has soared to the top of Christian music charts. This contemporary song serves as an upbeat reminder […]Read more "You’re an Overcomer – Now Live Like It!"
We all have certain “creature comforts” which bring us exquisite peace and relaxation. Mine include closing the cover of a really good book for the last time, holding a steaming mug of fragrant hot tea, and listening to Claude Debussy’s Clair de lune. Debussy was only 25 years old when he composed this piece […]Read more "The Soft Sorrow of Beautiful Things"
I was both shocked and saddened to hear that Robin Williams, beloved actor and comedian, had committed suicide on Monday, August 11, 2014. The first time I watched Mrs. Doubtfire I howled with laughter, and thanks to a particularly delightful genie, Aladdin still stands as the most entertaining Disney cartoon ever made! “Why would […]Read more "Three Lessons from a Modern-Day Pagliacci"
“You’re a musician,” my supervisor at work said a few months ago. “I’ve been listening to a Rich Mullins’ song called Sometimes by Step, but the lyrics are a little strange. Can you tell me what it’s talking about?” Now this is my kind of assignment! I began to research the song, and the more […]Read more "“Sometimes by Step” – A Modern Day Psalm"
While I may not don a Wookie costume every time the Star Wars convention comes to town, I still consider myself to be a true fan of the franchise. For this reason, I was beyond thrilled to hear that J.J. Abrams, director of Star Wars, Episode VII (scheduled to be released worldwide on December 18, […]Read more "Return of the Musical Jedi – John Williams on Board for Star Wars Episode VII!"
The Three Songs That Define My Life My mom swears that I was born a musician. When I was just a toddler, she says she found me outside on a Sunday afternoon, scooting around the yard on my little riding toy and singing the Sunday Morning solo she and my dad had performed that morning […]Read more "The Three Songs That Define My Life"
A picture of me standing on top of the William Wallace Memorial in Stirling, Scotland, overlooking one of the battlefields where Wallace fought for freedom. So it turns out time machines do exist… Any musician will tell you that music offers the ability to transport its listeners to another place and time, allowing you to […]Read more "Revisiting Scotland: The Gift (and Curse) of Musical Time Travel"
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD Himself, is the Rock eternal.” – Isaiah 26:3-4 This has always been one of my favorite verses, and during my college years I claimed it as my life verse. […]Read more "Falling Asleep in the Arms of Christ – A Lullaby of Heavenly Peace"
While fighting traffic during my daily commute each evening, I’ve discovered that Pandora is my friend. Not only does it keep my bleary eyes wide awake, but it introduces me to some fabulous new music. And while listening to a “Film Scores” channel the other day, I came across a real musical treasure: The Legend […]Read more "Z: Zelda, All Grown Up – Review of “The Legend of Zelda Suite” by Koji Kondo"