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Three Short Poems and an Oddity

Three Short Poems and an Oddity

Poems by Eric Pazdziora. Oddity found on poemhunter.com.   I. Lines Found Scrawled on the Wall of an Abandoned Abecedarium Abe, he see the effigy, Age-eyed, shaky elemental peak— You are rusty, you veer, Double your ex-wife’s sea. II. Trial Triol I shot a man in Reno; I shot the sheriff. I fought the law […]

Leaning, Leaning....

Leaning, Leaning….

Here’s Ken Medema, a blind pianist / composer / singer / storyteller with a truly amazing talent, performing a routine about an unforgettable experience as a church musician. Let’s just say, he also does a pretty mean trombone impression….  

About Time

About Time

This clock in our electronic music studio at UNCG doesn’t work: it’s permanently stuck on one time. If you get why this is, you’re officially a music nerd.

It Makes Perfect

It Makes Perfect

While teaching a freshman music class in ear training, somehow I wandered into this observation.  My students seemed to like it. Sometimes I fancy myself quotable, so here you go:

Tacky Nativity Scenes: Sock Monkey Edition

Tacky Nativity Scenes: Sock Monkey Edition

Communication from Alien Vessel: “People of Earth, inform us of the true meaning of this custom you call ‘Christmas.’” Message Received from Earth: “Well, [static] Jesus was born in a manger, and [lots of static] so we stuff their stockings [static] give them toy animals [static] like monkeys, [static] in nativity scenes [static] from Santa […]

A Very Music Theory Christmas

A Very Music Theory Christmas

If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the person who has everything…. … and, if you’re looking for something to play on it, how about a brand new CD from Thornfield, or a slightly older CD from me? (Note: May not actually be playable on a Philco Port-O-Sound Cart. Check with your local […]

National Poetry is the Cruelest Month

National Poetry is the Cruelest Month

First published in April, 2009. A few more jokes added since. As you may have heard, April is National Poetry Month, and as T. S. Eliot pointed out, it’s also the cruelest month. (Really? Well, April does have Tax Day, April Fool’s Day, chronic rainstorms… so, arguably yes, but on the other hand it’s not […]

If you can't beat 'em....

If you can’t beat ’em….

Slovakian violist Lukáš Kmit was performing a concert in an Orthodox synagogue in Presov when some [insert your own insulting noun]’s cell phone ringer went off. Although he was visibly annoyed, Kmit’s response was simultaneously classy and hilarious. Here’s the obligatory viral video: According to the videographer, “Lukas says that it is better to take incidents […]

"Mick McGuire" Performed by Gents in Remarkable Hats

“Mick McGuire” Performed by Gents in Remarkable Hats

In 2010, Alliance Music Publications published my arrangement (for TTBB choir + piano) of the Irish folk song “Mick McGuire.” It’s a comical number about a hapless bloke who woos a girl but, astonishingly enough, doesn’t get on quite as well with her mother. Since then, it seems to have achieved a wee bit of […]