A New Bio

What happens when you’re eight years old and fall in love with the piano?

  • You become the church organist in the fourth grade and play for the next 53 years.
  • You perform “She Loves You” for your fifth grade talent show and poof…you’re booking your 2017-18 concert series (Seriously, I am. Talk to me.)
  • You start writing music and can’t stop (700+ songs)
  • You start recording your music and can’t stop. (Three albums, so far.)
  • You sell almost a million copies of a crazy musical parody “Cold and Fugue Season” and hope it won’t stop. (Thank you, Herr Bach.)
  • You find students at your door and let them in. A thousand students later, you’re an expert.
  • You can’t imagine your life without music.
  • You are truly blessed.

New Recording Project Soon

The foundation Steinway piano tracks are all laid with glowing lines of orchestration flowing above and below. Mixing and finishing touches added.    Almost here is the new “Light Reflected”.

Winterwood: Finding Your Way Home

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Winterwood Project: Finding Your Way Home #4

Back Story: Winterwoodstudios.com is located on Beaver Lake. I was a little concerned about finding it by myself but it seemed like there was a Winterwood sign tacked on every other tree. The county road got narrower and turned from paved to gravel and moderate to steep descending curves. A beautiful white dog greeted me at the entrance. The view was so beautiful that I had to remind myself I was there to record, not to take a hike. I looked over the lake and up at the hills and asked God’s blessing on the project.

Winterwood Project: Finding Your Way Home #3

I picked up the rough draft of my recording and am very pleased with it. It’s a good performance and well-recorded. Now come the decisions of what, if any, instruments to add so I’m just going to listen and see what I want to hear that isn’t there–yet. Definitely, there are places where strings come in. It’s a gentle project but full of passion. It could fit in almost any setting and call attention to itself when necessary or desired, but not demand it. Hmm…sort of like me…

Winterwood Project: Finding Your Way Home #2

Tomorrow I will have more eloquent words to describe this day but right now I’m just tired so here’s the short version. Recording at www.winterwoodstudios.com went very well. The Steinway sparkled with lovely silver sound and we were done in about 3 hours. The Beaver lakeside studio is gorgeous and afterwards I walked across the swinging bridge down to the water just thanking God for His goodness to me.

Winterwood Project: Finding Your Way Home #1

Tomorrow I’m going to www.winterwoodstudios.com  to record my first solo professional piano project Winterwood Project: Finding Your Way Home. A Steinway grand piano at a state of the art digital studio at a lovely lake setting should be inspiring. One of the biggest internal hurdles was deciding (after being encouraged by many people for a long time now) that my music is worth the time, effort and expense. Well, it is! On the practical side, since some of my pieces are only about two minutes long I’ve arranged them in sets of 5-9 minutes each. That has, of course, necessitated interludes, modulations or magic between pieces and means sometimes six pages per set. Ah, but no page rustling allowed! Reducing and literally cutting and pasting pages and then attaching with removable tape to a  piece of foam core board extending beyond the music rack has solved that problem. May God bless the work of my hands!

Stay tuned…