The Story Behind The Song – O Tannenbaum

The 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 Story Behind The Song – Ballad of a Snowman

I 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...

Take Five And A Few Frogs

A few journal entries from my Fall excursion – yesterday I was invited to present a master class on setting 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...

Hoagy Carmichael turns 116 – A Bloomington Legacy

Hoagy 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...