Dear Old Donegal
While I am not from Ireland, my ancestry is mainly Irish, Welsh and English. The majority of the photos in this video are old family photos passed down through generations and given to my sisters and me.
Come By the Hills
This song "Come By the Hills" is a favorite of mine from my CD of traditional Irish music "The Dark Island". I took the photos and videos on a recent trip to the beautiful country of Ireland.
Joe Smallbone(s) was the most recognizable person in my hometown of Fenton, MI. When it came to repairing electronics and motors he was a genius. But in the arenas of personal hygiene and social interaction one might consider him an eccentric. Here is his story.
Cycles and Seasons
A feeling of peace and calm washes over me when I stroll through a cemetery. Some are well kept while some are not. But in the quiet the stories upon stones call out to us.
Snowflake the Snow Owl
Snowflake the Snow Owl is the main theme from my CD "Snowflake's Christmas Magic". Following the song is a narrated children's story about the owl and a dozen quiet instrumental Christmas Carols played on harp, dulcimers, guitar and synthesizer.
While this video is a brief overview of the life and career of Scott Joplin, it serves as a vehicle for an original piano composition of mine. "Sedalia" is one of my original rags from the recording "Boardwalks and Tank Towns".
"Covington" was the first of my many original piano compositions following Scott Joplin's ragtime form. Covington, KY is a great historical city across the Ohio River from Cincinnati.
Whatever Brings Us To Prayer
Minister Emeritus, Reverend Weston Stevens of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs, FL preached a sermon on prayer several years ago. His topic inspired me to think about the life events that cause people to turn to prayer.
Song of the Creek
As a composer living in Florida I received a commission to write a song about a person, place, or event in Florida history. This song and the video celebrate the life and home of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, our state's most famous author.
"Davenport" is an original waltz I composed from my most ambitious CD called Boardwalks and Tank Towns. It's a concept album of piano ensemble music reminiscent of the American Jazz, Ragtime and Salon Music of the early to mid 1900's.
Angels are Everywhere
Do you believe in angels? Have you ever felt a presence guiding or guarding you? I hope the music and lovely images here open your mind to the possibility that an angel could be watching over you.
Three Little Boys
I had no idea 25 years ago that I would be sharing family videos, treasured photos and an original song about my three boys with the world. It's just my way of giving back to them (Wyeth, Kenneth and Griffeth) the great joy they have given me for the last quarter century.
Ballad of the Harp Weaver
This is my musical adaption of Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem "Ballad of the Harp Weaver". After receiving the Book of the same name with illustrations by Beth Peck, I modified her poem to go with the original music that it inspired.
This is a video I made a few years ago for couples searching for a wedding harpist in the Tampa Bay area. I play for many "Destination Weddings" along our beautiful Pinellas Beaches.
50,000 Names Carved in a Wall
The harp I am playing in this video was made by John Chambers, a Viet Nam Vet. He came home from the war searching for a peaceful occupation, and became a craftsman of fine harps.
Angels in the Night
I was commissioned to write and arrange music for these lyrics by S.K. Stevens. The song/video is in conjunction with a book called Missing Angel. It is filmed in the Botanical Gardens, Largo, FL.