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A quarter of a century gone by, and I'm still as old as my teeth and as young as my gums.

Posted on July 14, 2010 at 1:14 PM Comments comments (0)

    Well, I've been recollecting on some of my fondest memories of the last 25 years, and then some.  A friend of mine pointed out an interesting idea last year when I turned 24.  He said, "The day has 24 hours in it.  So, on your 24th birthday, you have to try and remember something that happened in that year of your life corresponding to the clock.  So when it's 12 in the afternoon, you have to remember ...

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From The East (a shepherd boy and his fantastic dreams)

Posted on July 6, 2010 at 9:28 PM Comments comments (0)
    Wahadi, a young shepherd boy in the hills of Afghanistan, tends his sheep as the apple of his eye and dreams of one day becoming a prince in a far away land.  One day, when one of his sheep goes astray, he leaves the entire flock to go after the one that is lost.  On the first stretch of Wahadi's journey, he meets a wise old man who calls him by name and tells him all about how he w...
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"I'm a Composer, Jim! Not a brick layer."

Posted on June 30, 2010 at 10:37 AM Comments comments (0)

    I gave a concert last Friday, June the 25th.  And although I don't give concerts so often, it's a very rewarding and enjoyable experience to perform my own music.  Of course, it's my desire that others will one day be performing my music so often that I can't even be there to enjoy it.  But, I think it must be a very unique thing as a composer to be able to perform his or her own work.  Or even to cond...

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A Man For All Seasons

Posted on February 26, 2010 at 3:22 PM Comments comments (0)

    A couple days after my mother passed away, I wanted to write a song for her memorial service. I remembered that when I was little I found a piece of music she had written. So, I rummaged around the house after her passing to find this music to possibly adapt it to use for the song I wanted to write. Unfortunately, I couldn't find that piece of music of hers. But I did stumble across a little journal that she had kept. The...

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Almost done notating "Holy Spirit Venturvane"

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

    I finished composing this piece back in 2005-06 but it's been taking forever to finally finish notating -- mostly because I've been procrastinating and working in chunks at a time.  But also because I wanted to wait to do it when I finally had my own computer and software to do it well.  So, now that I have had my own laptop for over a year now and have been using Finale Allegro  and now Finale 2009 to nota...

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Current Composition Project

Posted on February 22, 2009 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

    In the beginning of December last year, I was inspired to set a letter by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (February 4, 1906 – April 9, 1945) to music.  This is a letter that he wrote while in prison, which is addressed to his parents, who had first written to him of their concern and yet their hopes that all would go well.  Despite his circumstances, he wrote in the letter about how he was thankful to God for the litt...

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Kathy Matsushita: Amateur Luthier

Posted on June 22, 2008 at 2:22 PM Comments comments (0)

    The Guitar that I used in my recent concert here in Herrnhut, Germany for the piece, "Holy Spirit Venturvane," was hand built by my Freshman year English Teacher, Kathy Matsushita, who still teaches English at Independence High School in San Jose, California and still builds guitars in her free time over the Summer and Winter bre...

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