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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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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