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"It is you, it is they who desire to live": Finding solace in words after the Dallas tragedy

"It is you, it is they who desire to live": Finding solace in words after the Dallas tragedy
I won’t summarize what happened in Dallas, as I don’t have the words. We’ve been following the story with its images of blood, death, and destruction. The very essence of humanity is challenged in these proceedings. The value of human life is plunging into depths of deepest despair. “Those who most long for peace now... Read more »

"Death and Taxes": Singing for Funerals, The Fountain of Youth, and the Brittleness of Mortality

"Death and Taxes": Singing for Funerals, The Fountain of Youth, and the Brittleness of Mortality
Everyone always thinks that the life of a professional musician is glamorous. Their picture is The Beatles, with millions of screaming fans devouring every song. Their image is of The Rolling Stones, jet-setting and drugging to every “sextreme.” The reality is, unless you’re Paul McCartney or Mick Jagger, you’re going to have to take some... Read more »

The Orlando Shootings: A musical reflection on the day of an American tragedy

The Orlando Shootings: A musical reflection on the day of an American tragedy
I have almost always been eloquent with words. I use words as verbal camouflage, to an extent. But when I woke up this morning and heard the news of the Orlando shootings, I couldn’t begin to describe how I could felt in words. I’m a composer and a few years ago I wrote a piece... Read more »
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