Walk with Me

I am glad our paths have crossed. Let’s reminisce. How did we meet?  School? Band? Church, youth group, handbells or choir?  Did we meet at a conference? Were you a subscriber to a publication or did you come to one of my concerts? Maybe you have one of my books.  Are you (were you) one…

"Be Thou But Near"

Johann Sebastian Bach.  Often considered to be the organist among organists and the composer among composers, many of his melodies are instantly recognizable and familiar. And such is the case with the song we are looking at today, Bist Du Bei Mir or Be Thou But Near.  There’s just one little problem.  Bach didn’t write…

Music Plate Engraving

Maybe you selected a song to learn, purchased it, and have spent hours looking at it while practicing.  Maybe you found some old pieces of sheet music in a piano bench.  Have you ever give stopped to think how that page of music was printed?  There were — and still are — multiple ways to…

"I Have Decided to Follow Jesus"

“Decide (verb): come to resolution in the mind as a result of consideration.” “Consequence (noun): the effect, result, or outcome of something occurring earlier.” So says dictionary.com. Every decision has consequences, whether big or small, good or bad.  Some things happen to us because of decisions we make.  Some things happen to us because of…

"I'm Gonna Live So God Can Use Me"

Anyone who knows me knows that for better or worse, I am a planner, a list-maker, an over-achieving perfectionist.  In spite of my color coded post-it notes, volumes of topically organized handwritten notes, meticulous scrap books and perfectly arranged sock drawer, there are only a few things is virtually nothing in my life that is the…

"God of Grace and God of Glory"

“God of grace and God of glory, on your people pour thy power.”  These opening words from the hymn with the same name set the mood for a majestic and jubilant hymn.  Although it is typically used as a processional hymn, I think it makes a particularly effective closing or recessional hymn, asking for God’s…

"The King of Love My Shepherd Is"

With a few decades now behind me as a church musician, I have attended, played and/or sung for many funerals and memorial services.  Time and time again I have seen people turn to Psalm 23 for comfort in time of loss.  Whenever I hear Psalm 23, I am reminded of a very specific time and…

A Great Recital

What a wonderful musical afternoon we had!   Twelve students of piano and voice gave outstanding performances of teaching pieces, popular, sacred and classical music.  Everyone performed one or two solos, and some also played duets.  Were there are few performance jitters?   Naturally.  But everyone was so very well prepared that every song sounded marvelous.  I…