Musings

  • On Object Lessons and the Probabilities of Parenting

    Utah natives know that the often-stinking, ever-shrinking Great Salt Lake is reserved for brine flies and European tourists. So if you grew up in S...
  • KID JUNK AND A MARGIN OF ERROR

    For the first few years of “parenting,” I kept a spreadsheet of the monetary value of the damage caused by our two boys. Just to make sure I wasn’t...
  • Beware the Meat Dude in All Of Us

    Don’t just sell me chicken. Convince me my political foes are plotting my demise, and stockpiling thighs and drumsticks is my only path to avoid extinction!
  • Mercy, Mercy, Mercy: An argument for forgiveness as good business strategy and preventive medicine

    Hardship itself spreads like a virus, and each node in the cascading web of chain reactions is like a new infection. While a Covid-19 vaccine may be months away, or may materialize too late, forgiveness is like a vaccine, available right now, to slow and mitigate the spreading of collateral damage.
  • How does a cat look to a mouse?

    By adapting They All Saw a Cat for narrator and orchestra, I hope I’m providing the opportunity for kids and their grownups to playfully meditate on these questions while also they experience the incredible human achievement of orchestral music. 
  • How NOT to Write a Flute Sonata in 3 Simple Steps

    Here are a few things I’ve learned about the creative process that might be useful to you next time you’re stumped or not sure what to do next.
  • One Complete Thought

    For many years, I’ve been interested in the musical discipline of counterpoint ...
  • Armistice Sonnets Premieres

    Armistice Sonnets, a new choral work commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, which commemorates the centenary of the Armistice ...
  • For the Future Published by Walton Music

    I’m happy to announce the publication of my piece “For the Future” by Walton Music, a division of GIA Publications.
  • "Sussex Carol" Revisited

    In December 2017, BYU Symphonic Band (Kirt Saville, director) premiered my “recomposition” of “Sussex Carol” with soloists Diane Reich and Robert B...
  • They All Saw A Cat … Coming to New York in June 2018!

    I’m terrified (and delighted) to announce that I’ve been commissioned by the Mormon Arts Center in New York City to create a new concert work for t...
  • Fanfare … for Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music

    Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music was reviewed in the Nov/Dec 2017 issue of Fanfare magazine.  The review is reprinted here with permission. A. M...