Christopher Lee dead at 93.

In honor of the great actor, I give you this clip: That song is now in your head for the rest of the day.  You’re welcome. The clip is from an Australian film called The Return of Captain Invincible and the song was composed by Richard O’Brien (most of you who have seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show know [Read More...]

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“This is the Moment” from KC Oasis.

The last two weekends I’ve been the music guest at KC Oasis.  Last week was…rough. There are some days where the voice just doesn’t want to leave your throat.  This is just part of making the voice your instrument.  Last Sunday was one of those days.  So I chose to forego any real acting to focus [Read More...]

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Piano tutorial for viral gospel song “I Am More Determined.”

Before I trot off to teach the young’uns how to sing I need to share this.  This video combines two of my favorite pastimes: laughing at religion and music theory.  Bliss. [Read more...]

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What made performing special for me – bringing the unreal to life.

There are two things that really attracted me to theater.  The first is showing people very real things they don’t often think about or get to experience.  These are things like the overpowering feeling of first love or the agony of making big mistakes (like we so often do in the thrall of first love). [Read More...]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Ten year old Valjean.

Meet Joshua Colley, the young man presently play Gavroche in the Broadway production of Les Miserables.  As a fundraiser with Broadway Cares to fight AIDS he ran a couple scenes as Valjean.  This was the result of The Confrontation: Damn. [Read more...]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Singing the music that speaks to you.

Good morning everybody.  What a weekend.  Having a meal with somebody who’s about to die, where we all know it might be the last time you see them, is so strange.  There’s that big elephant in the room, and ordinarily I don’t mind elephants in the room.  I just point them out and discuss them, [Read More...]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Poor Unfortunate Souls.

Good morning, everybody!  Michaelyn is on Spring Break so we’ve decided to spend the next several days in Colorado walking in the mountains/the Garden of the Gods.  Oh, and I’ll probably eat marijuana again since the first time was so fun.  :)  Anyway, we’re going to spend the day road-tripping.  I’ll attempt to post pictures. [Read More...]

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PERSONAL: The beauty of paying it forward.

Last month Kansas City Oasis asked me to give their community moment.  This is when a member of the group talks about something that has changed their lives.  I decided to talk about my first voice teacher, Pearl Yeadon, who was extremely generous with me and, through that, turned me into a fairly competent singer. [Read More...]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Going to see Bo Burnham!

My wife’s Christmas gift to us was tickets to a Bo Burnham concert in Kansas City tonight.  We’ll be taking off this afternoon to run some errands and I’ll post pics tomorrow.  :) For those of you who don’t know, Burnham became famous as a teenager writing songs on youtube.  He’s wicked smart and his [Read More...]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Don’t Wait For Heroes.

Here is one of my go to cheer up songs.  It’s cheesy 80s goodness from Dennis Deyoung (ex-lead singer/songwriter of Styx), but it always makes me happy.  :) [Read more...]

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