My Compositions

Black September – Final moments

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These are the final moments of "Black September."  The words are by Matt Boresi.  The music is by me (with certain passages based on the main theme from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.) The killing of the Israeli athletes and coaches has just occurred - and the narrator of the piece, Dietrich Genscher (Mike Anderle),  reprises the

Jeg er so glad

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Here are the Lincoln Chamber Singers performing my arrangement of the Norwegian Christmas carol "Jeg er so glad" - with the first verse in Norwegian.  (Thanks to goddaughter, Anneka Barrow, for some much needed tutoring on some of the finer points of the pronunciation.)   After the first verse,  the words are actually my own.

O Lumine (O Splendid Light)

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This is a new composition of mine that the Chamber Singers performed on this most recent Christmas Festival.  It's actually an extensive reworking of an earlier work of mine, called "Weary the World." This recording is a bit distant, but it at least gives you some idea of the piece and of the lovely performance

Mother’s Love (Caritas)

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Here is another recording of my song "Mother's Love" by Caritas:  which consists of myself, Kathy, Kate Potter-Barrow, and Chip McCrary.  This is from our Christmas CD "Great and Glorious Light."

Mother’s Love

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I composed this song in 1998 to mark the 10th anniversary of my mom's death.  I badly wanted to write something in her memory,  but I think my own sense of urgency about it created a terrible case of writer's block.  Then early that summer,  I learned that one of the members of the Carthage

Great & Glorious Light

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Here is the earliest recording I have of my song "Great and Glorious Light."  It's with the Chamber Singers .... and the two soloists are Nick Barootian and Caleb Sjogren.    It's interesting to hear how slowly I took the song back then -  but despite that, the performance has its own sense of joy

Shepherds, Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep

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Here's  another fun moment from the 1999 Carthage Christmas Festival, for old time's sake.  The concert opened with the Carthage Choir men singing "Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow" from the back balcony.  After a brief reading, the women of the Carthage Choir answered with "Shepherds, Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep" with Jeanette Rantisi and Lydia

“Rise Up, Shepherds, and Follow”

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In anticipation of this coming weekend's Christmas Festival at Carthage,  I'm going to post a couple of my own favorite moments.  This one comes from December 1999 - which is back in the days when applause was allowed.   This is how the concert began-  with the men of the Carthage Choir singing from the

Mercy and Love

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My song "Mercy and Love" springs from the Bible story of Jesus healing the ten lepers-  only one of whom thought to return the Jesus to offer Him thanks.  I composed this song back in 2004 for a former voice student of mine named Trevor Parker, inspired both by the beauty of his voice and