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NOV
03

The making of the album Quiet in the Meadow

The making of the album Quiet in the Meadow

Often people ask me which of my albums would be best for personal quiet times, meditation, yoga, dentists’ offices, babies’ naps, chiropractor clinics, massage therapy, reading, going to sleep, … you get the idea! Instrumental music is frequently desired for peaceful experiences, and my instruments can be highly regarded as appropriate for relaxation.

Well, the music in my head is actually pretty dramatic and exciting, but I always did intend to make a mellower album than the others, and the time seemed to have arrived in 1999 after the Williamsburg album Celebration of Centuries was done. I made my usual tune list, again a very long one.

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OCT
30

The making of the album Celebration of Centuries

The making of the album Celebration of Centuries

After Here on this Ridge was finished in 1997 I felt that it was time to move right on to another destination-themed album, and the obvious choice was our own local destination, Virginia’s ‘Historic Triangle:’ Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown.

I started listing pieces I’d composed or arranged, and there were already plenty for a full album. Phil Skeens was between jobs, so I asked him to be actively preparing for guitar and drum parts on eight of the tracks. Since Henry Smith now had his own digital studio, I decided to engage him for the entire recording project this time. No more self-engineering for now!

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SEP
22

A few quotes from great musicians about the performer's relationship with the music

A few quotes from great musicians about the performer's relationship with the music

Although these three quotes are all from Classical performers, I think they apply to any genre of music and indeed to many roles in life!

This is an element of my own view of musicianship, as articulated by three of my favorite players. By the way, it's an honor to the Jewish people that all four of these guys are of that lineage (as are many other great musicians).

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SEP
11

Trio StringWind's September 11 and 13, 2001

Trio StringWind's September 11 and 13, 2001

On September 11 of every year my thoughts go back to our Trio StringWind: Phil Skeens, Ardie Boggs, and myself.

In 2001 we were about to celebrate the release of our live album Three-Fold Joy: a Williamsburg Christmas by giving a free concert at the Hennage Auditorium in Colonial Williamsburg, and the date was September 13, 2001.  It was well advertised by the Foundation’s people, as usual.

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SEP
08

An article in a local magazine about my music

An article in a local magazine about my music

I usually write my own material in these blogs, but recently Linda Landreth Phelps wrote an article about my life and music for the magazine Williamsburg Next Door Neighbors, and I think she did an admirable job, so... here's her article!

Aug2014NDN-article.pdf

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