Apologies and Explanations

Apologize first: It’s been well more than a month since my last blog entry (not that anyone has complained). This feels a lot like the old days, when I posted at the frequency of about once every six weeks. Like the lifelong dieter (another of my problems), I made the commitment to do better, to […]

Luke Garrett – The Final Sessions

This is a bittersweet post. I am glad to announce that Luke Garrett’s final four completed recordings are now available  – exclusively here at this website. These songs capture Luke at his expressive best, and I am certain every one of his fans will be moved by his masterful performances. At the same time I am sad beyond words […]

Songwriting Essentials: Rhyme Time

The single most common Poetic Device used in songwriting is without a doubt – rhyme. Unfortunately rhyme is seemingly so simple, the beginner songwriter may assume it to be easy. (Simple is very different than easy.) Really great rhyme is a well-practiced craft. For those of you songwriters that haven’t read my book (Shame on you, […]

Building Music – A Labor of Love

In 1968, as an 8th-grader in LaMarque, Texas, I took Shop Class. It wasn’t that I longed for a future of building furniture or fixing cars.  I didn’t.  (Nothing wrong with either of those fields. They just weren’t for me.) No. Like most every 8th-grade Texas boy in the 1960s, I was required to take a year […]

New Site Feature: “Spotlight”

I’ve just launched a new page here at my website – “Spotlight.” There I will from time to time feature a particular piece of music (typically a choral anthem) and tell the story behind the music — Why I wrote it and how it came to be. I hope it will be of interest not only to aspiring […]

Luke Garrett

Luke Garrett

I first heard about Luke Garrett in 1985. The stories floating around Dallas then were of an astounding young voice one had to hear to believe. In June of 1986, I heard it for myself, on a recording session for the Disabled American Veterans. The rumors were right. A couple months later, I grouped Luke with Chris Machen […]

More Random Neural Firings

More Random Neural Firings

I’ve been meaning to post something significant and life-changing (You know, like all my previous posts), but “significant and life-changing” takes time, and I’ve been busy. But this morning, I am in one of those moments of forced stillness.  I am stuck for a couple of hours at the auto shop while my car is […]

ON THE JOB TRAINING: “Ready to Write”

ON THE JOB TRAINING: “Ready to Write”

Lessons learned from a life in music. (#9 in a series of posts) “And So We Sing” (Shawnee Press 35027907) A song idea can come from just about anywhere. Whether it’s the latest catch phrase sweeping the nation, or a colorful quip from your eccentric aunt Doris, a great hook may land in your lap when […]

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year? Already???

The snow is melting. Birds are chirping. Bees are buzzing and trees are budding. All that can only mean one thing: It’s time to talk about Christmas! Believe it or not, this is the time of year when a lot of churches make plans for the Advent season. This is especially true for churches and […]

You Know You’re a Music Geek When…

You Know You’re a Music Geek When…

Up until a few days ago, I’d been holding on to $75 of Amazon gift cards from last Christmas. Never let it be said that money burns a hole in my pocket. The truth of the matter is I waited so long to spend the money, not because I am some crazed penny pincher (After all, it was gift […]