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Venturvane on CD and other news

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 7:15 AM

"VENTURVANE" now available on CD

     My debut self-titled studio Album is finally available on CD. You can order it/listen to tracks here

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Guitar tunings used on debut album: Venturvane

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 4:40 AM

For all you guitar junkies out there. Here's a list of the tunings and capo settings I used on my guitar on the Album. Have fun trying them out. I always found it fun to sample new tunings and try and learn my favorite tunes by ear with them.



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Posted on November 22, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    Slowly, but surely, MY FIRST STUDIO ALBUM is coming together!!!

    All the demos you've heard on my soundcloud page, along with a cover version of “How He Loves,” by John Mark McMillan and a couple recently unreleased tunes of mine, are all systematically being refined.


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Imprisoned in Iran

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 10:50 AM

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    I've heard this man speak and share his story of being imprisoned in Iran. He's even a really funny guy when you get to know him. Makes you realize how much life is worth and appreciate ...

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P E A C E For President

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 5:35 AM

     Several months ago, I doodled a little s...

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The Gift Of A Song

Posted on February 8, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Comments from Gordon (aka ... TJ Pope)

Posted on July 14, 2011 at 5:18 AM

    My Aunt recently forwarded me an email with comments from a friend of hers regarding my music he listened to through my MySpace page. He is also a musician and I was delighted to receive his insights, each of which I then responded to. He's kindly allowed me to post our conversation here, as I thought it would bring some insite into the pieces that I wrote and some of their background and history, which some may not know about....

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Wie kann man ein Lied komponieren?

Posted on May 9, 2011 at 7:05 AM

Ich wurde schon mal gefragt, wie ich meine Lieder schreibe. Schreibe ich den Text zuerst? Fange ich mit der Musik an? Es ist immer unterschiedlich.

Vielleicht kann ich aber einen Einblick oder etwas Inspiration an allen geben, die sich für sowas interessieren. Daher st...

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How can you write a song?

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 8:01 AM

    Some have asked me before how I write my songs. Do I write the lyrics first? Do I start with the music? It has always varied. But maybe to give some insight and to inspire anyone whose fancy is tickled, I've decided to post this song writing project that I came up with a couple years ago.  When I first started teaching basic music theory, I found the necessity for some kind of a goal in mind for the students t...

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Back to the drawing board for the umpteenth time: A look behind the creation of "Petite Marmotte."

Posted on September 28, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Have you ever worked long, hard and passionately on a project to meet a deadline, only to have become so frustrated as one of the following statements began to run through your mind: “It's not good enough.”; “It's not what the person wanted.”; or “It doesn't meet the specifications asked for”?  Well, I have.  It's those kind of thoughts that make you up and decide to scrap it all &#...

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