On Sounding Crazy

I recently released a solo project. We used to call them albums. Then we called them CDs. Now I just go with “project” – because CDs have pretty much disappeared, and albums (LPs) are only for [...]


Past, Present, Future

I’m a guy who mostly lives in the “right now.” I never thought too much about yesterday, and probably never thought enough about tomorrow.  Composing and producing music (often on a deadline), [...]


On Being Pigeonholed

Most of us have been “pigeonholed,” or creatively typecast at some point in our lives.  For all I know, it’s human nature to reduce another person to a particular thing, so we can better identify [...]


I Feel, Therefore I Am

Generally speaking, music appeals first to our emotions. What is it about a beautiful melody, or evocative harmonies that appeals to the heart?  And if it has a great beat, music reaches some [...]


For the love of…

The word amateursometimes gets a bad rap.  Besides describing one who follows a pursuit without being paid, amateur also means “inept” or “incompetent.” But there are a lot of [...]


What Does It Take?

Before we go any further… It is a fact I am no lover of what is commonly called Praise & Worship Music. I acknowledge an enormous amount of new music is being written for worship, but contend [...]


Taking Aim: Art, Money, and Jesus

About twenty years ago, I had a conversation with the late Grant Cunningham, a superb lyricist, about the struggle of Christian songwriters to meld the three ideal elements of a successful [...]