Singing in the Shadow of Pulse – Dona Nobis Pacem

This post is the third of a three part cycle on the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses Festival 2016. Part One is here. Part Two is here. It’s two days after GALA. The Festival is over, but my journey is not. Four years ago, after my first visit to the GALA Festival, I accompanied the San Francisco Gay [Read More…]

Singing in the Shadow of Pulse – Dies Irae

This post is the second of a three part cycle on the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses Festival 2016. Part One is here. Part Three is here. It’s the end of the second full day of the GALA Festival, and I’m angry. GALA – the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses – was formed in 1983 in [Read More…]

Singing in the Shadow of Pulse – Lacrimosa

This post is the first of a three part cycle on the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses Festival 2016. Part Two is here. Part Three is here. As they walk onto a stage bathed in rainbow light, we stand. 60 or so singers dressed in black pants and vests, white shirtsleeves completing their funereal look. On the breast [Read More…]

Why Do I Sing What I Will Not Say?

Something’s been bothering me: I sing things I’d never say. I grew up a choirboy, and have sung all my adult life. I love to sing – very little gives me greater pleasure than to raise my voice in song beside others. Sometimes, as part of a chorus, you have to sing things you don’t like: bad [Read More…]

Atheists, Come Out! – A Song

David Beadle of The Secular Human has just released a new single encouraging atheists, agnostics, and Humanists to come out and be open about their beliefs! You can listen to it free here, and buy it on iTunes here. Check it out – it’s good fun! [Read more…]

Terra Lumina – an Album Inspired by Science, by John Boswell and William Crowley

“I love big ideas…but those ideas still have to compete in the marketplace…If you want those ideas to reach anyone you gotta make them sing.” – Jason Silva If Humanist values are going to sweep the culture, we gotta make them sing. We have to find ways to convey our ideas and values in ways [Read More…]

What Inspires You?

I love inspiration: I think it’s one of the most important and underrated aspects of human experience. That sense you get when something wonderful, something amazing takes your breath away, drops your jaw and makes you go “Wow!” I find inspiration in many things: art, theatre, music, the natural world, the fantastic discoveries of science, [Read More…]