“Bring Him Home”

In “Bring Him Home” Jean Valjean sings a prayer over Marius while he sleeps that sounds like it’s part lullaby, part heart cry, part reflection on his own mortality.  Valjean is anticipating a horrible battle the next morning with the odds stacked against them. Kretzmer’s words show a change in Valjean through this song. At…

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Let’s Take it From the Top

What’s up world!  The past couple of years have been a whirlwind!  Naomi and I are parents-times-four now.  We also have our own home.  As you could probably tell from my last post, the segue out of full-time music was not an easy one, but it was a necessary one.  The transition into corporate America…

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Ties and Slurs and Jobs

I’m not not talking about clothing accessories and inebriated speech…just yet. When reading them little black and white dots on top of all them lines, aka music notation, it’s really easy for beginners to confuse ties with slurs.  Both are graceful arcs between notes. The actual shape of the lines can be identical.  The purpose is…

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