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Even Now

I realized something while watching a movie recently. It wasn’t a Hallmark movie, but it was along those lines. You know, one where you figure out the ending within the first 10 minutes but still get sucked into the story

Postcards From The Past

When I started studying composition in college, I remember my teacher, Dr. Dougherty, telling me that when I looked back at the music I was writing now from a distance of five or ten years, it would be like getting

I Will Remember…Again (Psalm 77 Redux)

For the past few months, I’ve been working on a wind ensemble piece – the fourth in my Psalm Series, based on Psalm 77 – and nothing about it has been easy. Psalm 77 is one of my favorites –

Meditation Of My Heart

My recording project is finished, and I’m so excited to share it with you! It’s probably the coolest thing I’ve ever done with GarageBand… Just to give you a little background, this piece is an arragement of the second movement

Maneo Premiere and New Projects

What just happened? It’s like all I did was blink and now it’s been half a year since the last time I blogged. Well, no matter…I’m back now! I had planned to write a post about my new brass quintet

Fear Not…Why Not?

One of my biggest fears as a composer is that I’ll completely run out of ideas someday. I remember learning about composer Aaron Copland in my college years, and how he just quit writing music altogether toward the end of

It’ll Come

Today is “National Day of Encouragement,” and the timing couldn’t be better for me to share a new song with you. But first, let me share a Scripture that is very dear to my heart: For the Lord your God

No Matter What (Or, Ezekiel and the Importance of Being Stubborn)

I have a strong propensity toward stubbornness…and it ain’t always pretty! I think we tend to regard stubbornness as an inherently negative quality, a rough edge that needs to be smoothed off. Sometimes it is. But did you ever consider

Introducing Protect for Wind Ensemble!

I’m thrilled to announce that I will be releasing my third Psalm Series piece on August 26! By the time I finish the final edit (SOON! Praise the Lord!), it will have taken me about the same amount of time

Messengers Through Music

I’ve been reading through the Chronicles in my Bible lately, and let me just tell you, there are some really interesting little tidbits that are super easy to miss amidst a sea of unpronounceable Jewish names (case in point: the

When Music Nerds Fall In Love

Can you believe it’s February already? How about we start it off right with a super silly love song for all you musicians out there? I give you: “When Music Nerds Fall In Love!” Enjoy! When Music Nerds Fall In Love

For Posterity (Or, “The Fate of Unborn Millions”)

I’ve been on a huge reading kick this year, and one of my latest conquests was 1776 by David McCullough. Now, I’ve never been a huge history buff, but David McCullough makes it come alive for me. (My family probably

Paper Beats Rock.

If you’ve ever played the game “Rock, Paper, Scissors” (who hasn’t?), you know it’s this circular hierarchy in which rock crushes scissors (naturally), scissors cut paper (duh!), and paper covers rock (what?!?). Imagine, if you will, what the rock must

Introducing Precious for Wind Ensemble!

If you haven’t read my previous post about Psalm 139, you should probably go ahead and do that right now. (No worries…I’ll wait right here…) So this new band piece I’m writing, “Precious,” which is based on Psalm 139, is

You Are Precious

Today I want you to read Psalm 139. Not just skim it, but really read it and ponder the implications of what it says about God’s attitude toward you. Here we go: O Lord, You have searched me And You

Christianity + Singleness = ?

Lord, help me… Today I’m taking on a topic that I normally wouldn’t touch with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole (Grinch reference!). But I recently read a book on Christian singleness that basically tore me apart inside, and I have some

What Is Worship?

I preached my first sermon last week. Crazy, right? Having been a pastor’s kid for my entire life, I suppose I should’ve seen it coming someday, but given my general disdain for public speaking, I’ve always been perfectly content to sit and listen

Self-Publishing 101: Binding

So I’m finally going to blog about my publishing process, which I’ve been meaning to do for a long time and just haven’t gotten around to it. Today’s topic is binding. I get pretty excited about it, which probably sounds

I Will Remember

Lately I’ve been reading a book called “Sons of Encouragement” by Francine Rivers. It’s a compilation of 5 short novels that are her take on the stories of 5 different men from the Bible (she also has one called “A

B-Major Bliss

So a few nights ago I had a dream. I won’t go into all the details (mainly because I don’t remember most of them), but somehow I woke up with the impression of “Happily ever after in the key of

Introducing Proclaim for Wind Ensemble!

As promised, here’s a sneak peek at the band piece I’m working on. First off, I believe I’ve mentioned this before, but the premise of this piece is to take the rhythm and pitch of spoken poetry (in this case,

Why I Hate Public Speaking (But I Do It Anyway)

Okay, first off, I am SO EXCITED about the piece I’m working on! I’ll keep you posted, and maybe give you a preview of my cover art in a future blog post, but as of last weekend, I have a

New Beginnings

So a funny thing happens when you talk about letting go of “should” – it often brings back your “want to”! Which brings me to… Good news! I’m composing again! Part of me has that hopelessly lost feeling that generally


Hey everyone! It’s been far too long since I last blogged, so I believe a quick life update is in order. First of all, I bought a shiny gold 2008 Hyundai Sonata toward the beginning of the year, which I

Ups and Downs

I’m lucky to be alive right now. But I’ll get to that a little later. Settle in, boys and girls…this is gonna be a long one! So I’ll start by telling you about Premiere Day, December 17. It was seriously

You’re Invited!

Well, tomorrow’s the big day! The Clarke High School Band will perform the world premiere of “Unexpected Connections” for concert band! I’m really excited about it! (Can you tell by my liberal use of exclamation marks?!) It even made the

Melody’s Guide to Magical Christmas Music

It’s December! How did that happen? Well, I survived Black Friday…but the holiday shopping season is far from over! Thus, I offer you some music to bring you Christmas cheer as we celebrate this wonderful time of year. First, an

Hidden Staircases

One of my pet peeves is when people whine about the invention of Daylight Saving Time after the “fall back” switch makes it pitch black at 5:30 PM. Just to clear this up, November to March is the normal time,

Not Enough Syrup

One of my parents’ favorite stories to tell about my childhood is the time they went away for a few days and left my brother and me, both in elementary school, with a family from our church with three kids

The Most Wonderful Tunes of the Year

I can’t believe it’s been 3 weeks since I’ve blogged! Clearly my initial enthusiasm has waned…or else I just got super busy…a little of both, I think. Well, here’s a quick update: I finished the piece for the Clarke Community

H-U-S-T-L-E, Hustle for a Victory!

My favorite blogger, Jon Acuff, would be so proud of me. In his book called Quitter (which I’d highly recommend to anyone who does not currently have their dream job), he talks about “hustling” in order to achieve your dreams.

Take a Nap!

I could use some peace right now. And I’d imagine that you could too, unless you’ve found a way to totally seclude yourself from society (in which case you probably wouldn’t be reading this). Our culture is all about fast

Criticize by Creating

When I was in college, I had a poster of Mark Batterson’s Lion Chaser’s Manifesto in my dorm room. There’s one phrase in it that has always jumped off the page at me: “Criticize by creating.” Take a second to think about

10% Sheer Terror

They say that the definition of orchestral trumpet playing is 90% boredom and 10% sheer terror. Of course, they also say that’s the definition of war and baseball and who knows what else, but we’ll overlook that for right now.

Chain Reaction

In my last post, I mentioned that a performance of my piece His Mighty Love Is Without End sparked a series of events that were integral in my professional life as a composer. Here’s the story: His Mighty Love Is

Stand Still

Do you ever feel so overwhelmed that you can’t imagine a solution, even at the hand of God Himself? Or maybe you feel like you’ve been waiting forever for something and it’s just never going to happen. A great story

Back to School…High School?

Seven years ago today, I finished my first “symphony.” It wasn’t really a symphony in the literal sense of the word, but I didn’t know any better at the time. It was a three-minute piece for my high school band,

Eternity In My Heart

Have you ever thought about the concept of forever? I mean, really thought about it? What would it be like to never die? Doesn’t that sound exhausting? If you’re like me, the longer you think about it, the closer you

Why I Chose Self-Publishing

There has never been a better time to be a do-it-yourselfer. Technology is more plentiful and accessible to the general public than ever. Social media makes it easier than ever to connect with a worldwide audience (while vegging on the

Welcome to!

Thank you for visiting my new website! I’ve been dreaming and planning for quite a long time, so it’s wonderful to finally see it come to fruition. My friend Eric McClain did an amazing job with the design, don’t you