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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, revision 4

Back in the 1990's I was asked to write an arrangement of the hymn "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" for choir SATB and piano. Since then, every time I've revisited it, I've rewritten it.

Most recently I was looking at a perpetually troublesome section and trying to improve it. In the process I discovered some undesirable parallel perfect intervals. If I tried to eliminate parallel perfect 5ths, I ended up with parallel perfect octaves nearby.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Glacier National Park

We spent two days in Montana's Glacier National Park on Thursday and Friday (September 17–18, 2020). 

Large portions of the park were closed because of COVID-19, and smoke from the fires along the Pacific Coast hid all but the very close mountains and hills. 

In spite of those drawbacks, it was a fun visit. (We wore masks whenever we were in close proximity to other visitors.)

Friday, July 3, 2020

How to Play the Pipe Organ - by Jonathan Scott

Occasionally I've been asked how to play the pipe organ. The following YouTube video gives a good overview of how (in a previous life, it seems) I used to teach organ. Enjoy!