“We were literally planning a vacation when I got the call asking if I could come and talk to them about it. At the time, it left me with literally four and a half weeks to write. … I spent the weekend with my kids and said, ‘You know what? The next four and […]Read more "R – “Rogue One”: A Film Score Worth Remembering"
“They kept it up to the very end. Only the engulfing ocean had power to drown them into silence. The band was playing ‘Nearer My God To Thee.’ I could hear it distinctly. The end was very close.” – Charlotte Colyer, Titanic Survivor On this very day precisely 105 years ago – April […]Read more "M – Music of Mercy: Echoes from the Titanic"
“I am concerned with making something new – realities – as it were: what imbeciles call ‘Impressionism.’”- Claude Debussy The music of Claude Debussy is an acquired taste. While some listeners adore the blurred harmonies and the haziness that results from a lack of structure, others frown on his music as being either lazy […]Read more "D – What’s the Big Deal About Debussy?"
The year was 1952. A hush fell over the crowd as the infamous composer, John Cage, stepped into the concert. The crowd held their collective breath as he sat at the piano. And then…nothing. John Cage sat in silence for precisely four minutes and thirty-three seconds (thus the name of this notorious piece – […]Read more "Listening – The Key Ingredient to Prayer"
Sitting in a movie theatre and hearing the oh-so-familiar opening credits for the most recent “Star Wars” film was absolutely thrilling… and listening to the final strains of the closing credits was heartbreaking. As the theatre grew eerily still, my wife glanced over and said, “Aww… it’s really over.” Fortunately for fans of the franchise, […]Read more "“The Force Awakens” – A Double Review"
Along with being a wonderful season of celebrating Christ’s birth, Christmas is also a time of “togetherness” – a time to gather with family, friends, and loved ones and fellowship with one another. For this very reason, it can be one of the most difficult times of year for those who find themselves alone during […]Read more "Christmas Loneliness"
When we think of ballet at its best, The Nutcracker almost always dances through our heads. Children across the world have been delighted by this fanciful Christmas ballet, and countless ballet companies have performed the work. Of course, what child doesn’t dream of toys that come to life, and wouldn’t be thrilled at the thought […]Read more "T: Tchaikovsky, “The Nutcracker,” and Holiday Magic"
“In his eyes, all the sadness of the world.” Christine – Phantom of the Opera “Pitiful creature of darkness, what kind of life have you known? God, give me courage to show you. you are not alone!” Christine – Phantom of the Opera In its day, French Grand Opera was the single greatest […]Read more "P: “Phantom of the Opera” – A Haunting Reminder"
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) has gone down in musical history as a master composer, an art that he took up at the tender age of five. His greatest claim to fame, however, is that he was a “Master of Melody.” His melodies are simple, clear, and stunningly beautiful. Mozart knew better than to overcomplicate his […]Read more "M: Mozart and the Beauty of Simple Things"
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"