Oct 182014
 

And it’s only October! How does *that* happen? ;)

This year’s carol, “On a Still and Starry Night,” is available as an easy hymn-style one-pager, or as a vocal solo or SATB anthem, both with violin obbligato. There’s also a new vocal/flute duet, “The First Noel,” based on the piano solo I arranged years ago. (You see? I really do respond to requests. It just takes me a decade or two.)

On a Still and Starry Night CDBoth these songs and 11 others have been recorded by the lovely and talented Allyse Smith Taylor, and are available on a new CD titled “On a Still and Starry Night.”

As usual, you can download the 128kbps files free from the individual song pages, or get the high-bitrate files from CDBaby or iTunes. There is also an accompaniment tracks version available both from CDBaby or iTunes. (If you prefer, these also find their way onto Amazon… eventually.)

The album is also available on CD, and as a Merry Christmas from us to you, until November 1, you can get the “On a Still and Starry Night” CD with vocals by Allyse Smith Taylor for $2.50 per copy, plus shipping.

Here is “On a Still and Starry Night.”


Available on CD: “On a Still and Starry Night” (All CDS)
Violin by April Moriarty

And here is “The First Noel.”


Available on CD: “On a Still and Starry Night” (All CDS)
Flute by Anne Lauritzen

Next up, hopefully within the week, are arrangements of “Gesu, Bambino” and a duet setting of “Born to Wear a Crown.”

Jan 192014
 

Last May, this song happened: “Only Love.” Last May? Yeah, it really was that long ago. I wrote this song in collaboration with Josh Weed, who has become one of my favorite people. Josh gives his take here on how we came to write it together. I’ll admit this collaboration was a leap of faith. [Read More...]

Dec 302013
 
Simply beautiful

A couple of weeks ago this lovely CD showed up in my mailbox. It came to me because three of my arrangements are included on it: “Be Still My Soul,” “I Need Thee Every Hour,” and “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” The artist on this disk is Sara Noel Bauman, an extremely talented violinist, [Read More...]

Dec 012013
 
'Tis the Season

One of the greatest things about self-publishing is that you can write Christmas music any time you like. For example, during the Christmas season. One of the worst things about self-publishing is that you tend to write Christmas music at the wrong time of year to be useful. For example, during the Christmas season. Case [Read More...]

Sep 162013
 

Here, for your Monday entertainment, is a cover of my arrangement of “Be Still, My Soul,” recorded by Jenna Jackman Handy. She takes a lot of liberties with the melody… okay, scratch that… the melody is practically her own, and it suits her voice perfectly. I know one or two of you are wondering… do [Read More...]