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November 27, 2015

The Story Behind The Song – O Tannenbaum

TannenbaumThe repertoire for “Peace on Earth” transcends cultures and religions towards a common concept of peace and light during the dark seasons of the year.  For example, The Coventry Carol is an old English carol, Happy Xmas was written by John Lennon to end the war, and of course O Tannenbaum is a traditional German carol. After singing O Tannenbaum or the translation O Christmas Tree as a holiday carol for many seasons it might come as a surprise that the common lyrics written by the Leipzig teacher/ organist Ernst Anschütz in 1824 refer to the fir tree not as a decorated Christmas tree but as a symbol of faithfulness. (more…)

November 26, 2015

The Story Behind The Song – Ballad of a Snowman

CoverI started the series with the oldest song from the album “Peace on Earth” and will continue now with the newest song, which is an original of mine written in 2008 as we were preparing for the release. It is also the first song of mine with original lyrics that was actually released to the public.  As I was thinking about the ‘typical’ holiday songs that often talk about snow and snowmen this quirky melody popped into my head and I was imagining the joy of building a snowman on a cold day.  (more…)

November 24, 2015

The Story Behind The Song – The Coventry Carol

CoverAs we enter the holiday season, I’d like to introduce the story behind some of the songs that I recorded for the Peace on Earth release in 2008 on Owl Studios. My concept for the album was to create a collection of timeless songs for the season that transcend religion and culture and invite everyone to come together for some additional warmth, light, and love during the darker and cold season of the year. Especially now during times of senseless terror and civil war, music can heal and create community. I’d like to start the series with the Coventry Carol. On the recording, the Coventry Carol gets a fast and swinging jazz treatment with some virtuous blowing and of course a nod to the trademark Picardy Third. (more…)

November 20, 2015

Take Five And A Few Frogs

A few journal entries from my Fall excursion – yesterday I was invited to present a master class on sJazz and Frogetting goals and career development for the music students at the University of Dayton as well as present a lecture recital on Women in Jazz. The recital hall featured a beautiful Bosendorfer grand piano – here is my version of Take Five as recorded during warm-up, sure enjoyed getting to play such a beautiful instrument! (more…)

November 1, 2015

Hoagy Carmichael turns 116 – A Bloomington Legacy

Hoagy GraveHoagy Carmichael was born in Bloomington, Indiana on November 22, 1899. And even though he died in California in 1981, he was transported back to Bloomington where he now rests next to his mother in Rose Hill Cemetery. My friend, songwriter Tom Roznowski likes to point out how he always visits Hoagy’s grave on his birthday and leaves some change stuck in the gravestone for him. As a matter of fact, this is a unique parallel to Cole Porter who also was born in Indiana, died in California and is buried back in Indiana next to his mother. (more…)


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