It’s perhaps the most recognized musical theme in the world. Every child who has ever pretended to be a shark in the swimming pool has heard it, and even those who haven’t have played it on the piano. John Williams, the composer who gave us the memorable film scores to cinematic treasures such as Indiana […]Read more "J: “Jaws” and Beyond – the Genius of John Williams"
“The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” Lucille Ball When you hear the words “classic television,” the I Love Lucy theme song should be one of the first to pop into your head. This American sitcom, which aired from 1951-1957, won five Emmy awards and […]Read more "I: “I Love Lucy” and the Appeal of Real Relationships"
While I was working on my master’s degree in music, one of my professors told us something that I thought was incredibly profound. “If you’re going to survive as artists,” he told us solemnly. “You’re going to have to become masters at reinventing yourselves.” I took this advice to heart, and it has served me […]Read more "H: Handel’s “Messiah” and the Art of Reinventing Oneself"
“There was a land of cavaliers and cotton fields called the old south. Here in this pretty world gallantry took its last bow. Here was the last ever to be seen of knights and their ladies fair. Of master and of slave. Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a […]Read more "G: “Gone With the Wind” – Triumph in the Face of Adversity"
“There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand.” Mary Shelley – Frankenstein What started off as a friendly writing contest between friends transformed the world of fiction forever. The English author, Mary Shelley, her future husband, Percy, Lord Byron, and John Polidori decided to compete with one another […]Read more "F: Frankenstein and the Monster Within"
“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” Edgar Allan Poe – The Raven When I was young, my brother and I came across a collection of short stories by Edgar Allan Poe while visiting our grandparents. My brother was fascinated […]Read more "E: Edgar Allan Poe and Universal Emotion"
Beethoven’s fifth symphony was first performed in Vienna in 1808, and was soon described by E.T.A. Hoffman as “one of the most important works of the time.” Through the years, this impression hasn’t faded in the least. This symphony continues to be one of the most recognized classical compositions, and is one of the most […]Read more "B: Beethoven’s 5th (The Meaning Behind the Music)"
I was thrilled to hear a while ago that one of my short stories, Battle Cry, had been selected for publication in an upcoming e-book entitled Spiritual Citizens: A Christian Fiction Anthology, edited by Kim Bond! This collection has now been released, and is available as a free e-book, or as a hard copy which you […]Read more "Published in “Spiritual Citizens” – a Christian Anthology!"
One night, in the midst of my dreams, I paid a visit to the Celestial City. Oh, the sights that I saw there! Angelic guardians, powerful and mighty, led me through the gleaming gates, which were sculpted out of brilliant gemstones. Down the glorious paths of gold we went, listening to the sweetest music that […]Read more "Christian Flash Weekly – “The Prayer Room”"
Photo “seattle rain.” taken 12/12/10 by Ryan Heaney. Made available at Flickr.com under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license. _______________________________________ Several long hours had passed since I had first huddled down onto the slick sidewalk, shivering as the melancholy rain slowly drenched my clothes. Many thoughts tried to force their way into my mind, but I […]Read more "Thursday 360 Challenge – “Everyone Has a Story”"