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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MUSIC & GODLESSNESS: Jaclyn Glenn covers “Take Me To Church.”

This is positively brilliant. If ever there was a godless music charity concert, who would you want to see there?  My dream lineup would include Dan Barker, Shelley Segal, Roy Zimmerman, Jaclyn Glenn, and Tim Minchin.  The times I’ve gotten to sing with them (except Minchin) have been some of my favorite musical experiences ever. Man, [Read More...]

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Singing Les Miserables at Skepticon.

I was the closing talk at Skepticon this year.  After I was finished, one of the organizers told me their nerf-shooting gallery was $10 off of raising $500 and asked if I’d do something to make up the difference.  I announced that for at least $10 in donations I’d sing a song.  People complied.  This [Read More...]

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Your morning happiness: the dragon’s song from Shrek the Musical.

Michaelyn and I made the road trip to her hometown this weekend to see her high school’s production of Shrek the Musical.  It was spectacular.  Definitely college quality and then some. It was the first time I’d heard the show and this song stuck with me.  Behold, what you can do with a $25 million [Read More...]

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Your morning happiness #2: Michaelyn and I performing at KC Oasis.

Yesterday I was both the musical and speaking guest at KC Oasis.  I performed three songs, the first of which was a cover of the Four Chord Song by Axis of Awesome.  One of the KC Oasis people recorded it, so if you want to hear us muddle through it, here it is. [Read more...]

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Your morning happiness: jamming to Roy Zimmerman.

I’m sitting in the KC airport getting ready to fly into Denver (ugh) and then on to Boise.  Flying into Denver sucks.  The airport is really nice, but it’s something about all the mountains – the landing is always rough.  It could be absolutely perfect weather for flying and landing in Denver will still feel [Read More...]

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Your morning happiness: the piano smells like a carnival!

Here’s an old karaoke video.  It’s about all my education is good for.  :D [Read more...]

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Your Musical Happiness – Faithless

Just got home from Delrey Beach’s version of Oktoberfest. *burp On the ride home, we were playing an old CD (for you young people, you can find CD, VHS and PORN MAGAZINE in the stone tablet dictionary of ole) of electronic music, which we both love and grew up on. It didnt take long to [Read More...]

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