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 [...]

Finding my Funny Bone

I have known for a long time that I like to make people laugh.  I didn't think I was very good at it though.  Just ask my wife.  She has the unfortunate task of being my sounding board for jokes that haven't fully matured.  However, when watching an episode of Seinfeld's new show Comedians in Cars Getting [...]

My Christmas with Cantus

This is the weird and wonderful story of how my one and only Christmas with Cantus led me to meet tenors David Walton and Aaron Humble who are joining forces with me for my upcoming “A Three Tenors Christmas” at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.   plug: Tuesday, December 22 at 8:15 P.M. (dinner seating at 6:15) get [...]

Summer Starts

We've been a bit silent here on the blog for a while.  As the season changes, and our schedules along with it, here is an update about what to expect in the near future from Nathan and the Birds. Summer Lessons After Nathan's second spring student recital this coming Tuesday, he will have officially wrapped [...]

Remember Those Summer Nights? A Glimpse from Above the World

Where did the time go?! Considering that our last post here was just prior to the final A Summer Night Romance concert, there is a bit to fill in! A Summer Night Romance This concert series was so much fun! Each venue was unique and beautiful and served as a great backdrop for the nostalgic jazz [...]

Right around the corner: Discounts, Deals, Dancing, and Dean Martin

It's here. Almost! The final of our three A Summer Night Romance jazz concerts is TOMORROW, Friday, August 16 at 8:00. Stillwater Public Library.  On the terrace. Outside. Live music. Candles. Dancing. We've mentioned previously how this particular location is kind of sentimental for us because the first place we called "home" when we got married [...]