I’m presenting a lunchtime concert today for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Enjoy!Read More
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Cover Reveal and Award Nomination!
It’s been a crazy few months for me, both in real life and in my writing life. I’ve been working on a major revision of my newest novel in response to agent feedback. This is the first time I’ve tried to do such a thing on a tight turnaround and now I understand the stress…Read More
The Challenge of Achieving Zen When Your Kids Are Wrestling On The Floor
I spent last week hobnobbing with my fellow liturgical composers…which means I got to geek out about hanging out with people I have looked up to since I was old enough to pay attention to the names in the copyright line at the bottom of the hymnal pages. And yes, I am fully aware that…Read More
A Love Letter To My Choir
When Christian and I left our previous parish so I could I start working full-time as liturgy & music director in 2000, it was a tough transition. We had met, fallen in love, gotten engaged and married within the arms of the music ensemble at Newman, and the idea of leaving for a place where…Read More
Rest and InSpiration
I came downstairs after my shower yesterday—midmorning, post-workout—to find Michael lying on the couch, half-covered up by a throw and staring out at nothing. I had intended to take him to the basement and let him play with the multitude of toys there while I worked at the piano on edits for the last piece…Read More
Off Making Music
Item 1: Time plus focus = momentum, the anti-writer’s block. Item 2: I have neither time nor excessive amounts of focus. Net Result: I frequently feel a frustrating lack of inspiration when writing music, even though I feel more alive when I write music than with anything else I do. It is, perhaps, divine irony that…Read More
On Any Given Sunday….
On any given Sunday, you might be sitting in the front row at Mass, trying to look like a respectable family who actually has any business giving a presentation on faithful parenting later that afternoon, when your three-year-old flings himself to the floor and wails. And when asked what’s wrong, his response might be: “I’m…Read More