So, because I’ve been on vacation I feel like I have the time to write and I want to challenge myself to write more. I thought I would challenge myself to write one blog post a week. I realize when I get back to work that I will wonder what I was thinking, but it may be worth a shot.

Any suggestions on what to write about? A potpourri of ideas logged throughout the week? A weekly focus, or challenge, that could be determined ahead of time? Maybe a four week rotation of themes that I cycle through each month. Should I share any music compositions that I work on (warning: they are never very complete because I don’t ever take the time to flesh out the ideas)?

If any readers are still out there, let me know, I’d appreciate your feedback.

…that is a lame question (with apologies to Shakespeare).

So, I don’t blog much anymore. There are mostly practical reasons for not blogging. Chief among them is that I use my phone for internet and composing a well-thought, well-written blog post is very time consuming on the phone and time is something I don’t have much of to spare.

There are a few topics about which I am passionate and in which I would like to engage the culture around me. Unfortunately, two of the topics are the very things we are told not to talk about in mixed company: politics and religion. Well, for the three or so people who read this blog maybe there isn’t much mixed company to speak of and they certainly have the choice not to continue reading something if they so choose.

The other element to blogging (or clogging as my phone’s auto correct would suggest) is it would be far more meaningful if I shared my thoughts in person. You know, face to face, like they used to do in an age gone by. In fact both topics, but especially the religious topic, would benefit from a gentle but thought provoking discussion with people in a give and take exchange of a face to face encounter. 

However, I am not given to gentleness in discussions on these two topics. It’s not because I don’t want to be gentle, but because my nature threatens to take over and I run the risk of getting too fired up. And while my spirit heats up inside me, it becomes increasingly difficult to remain calm and keep my thoughts in order. I know that practice would be the way to fix this problem, but my opportunities to practice are limited and very few and far between.

So, what’s a guy to do? Probably finish this post, publish it, think about writing the next one, and get around to writing again in about three months. (Update: and then check for grammatical errors and fix them before anyone else reads it.)

Until next time, I hope you’re day is relevant and meaningful.

So, I’ve been challenged by a music teacher colleague up north to try my hand at a blogging project called “30 Songs in 30 Days”.  Each day features a different topic like: favorite song; least favorite song; song you can dance to; etc.

I will accept this challenge, even if all I do is write the name of the song (and hopefully the artist).

Enjoy.

Specifically, the National Zoo in Washington D.C. because that is where Meredith and I first held hands and we haven’t let go since.

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M-O-U-S-E!

I don’t remember much about the show itself, but I do remember its theme song (for the most part).

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Or, here’s another one (that rhymes with pun) featuring the letter Y from a t-shirt I saw on my friend Brian Weiland about 16 years ago at UMass: IYQ

It took me a while to figure out. And even after I did, I still scratched my head. Brian could pull it off and I liked him for that (and many other reasons).

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For most people, this is just the word that you teach your kids to recognize and learn the letter X. For musicians it’s an instrument in the percussion family and for a percussionist, well…it’s required to be played.

So, I can play a xylophone. Can you?

During my first year of teaching I learned a George Hamilton Green rag (Rainbow Ripples) with band accompaniment to play with he high school band at our large music in our schools month concert. The band played well and the performance was well received.

I never tried anything like that again and I think that that is a shame. Our school band audiences don’t get to see and hear professional musicians playing very often, if at all, and it would have been good to give them more exposure with the hope of raising the bar for the students and their parents in terms of the level of music that they should be striving for.

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Why not?