recording diary

Album update and more

me on the ceiling

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There are now TEN songs recorded for the Christmas album. A few need a bit more attention, but the main effort for them is complete. I plan to record at least two more. We’ll see how that goes. The last two were really a challenge. It’s funny how some music just pours out with almost […]

Christmas Album Progress Report

Woodcut with my face replacing the original monk, sitting at a desk

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So the year is half gone and I have six songs completed. That’s six out of a possible 14 on my list. I need to pick up the pace a bit. My plan for today is to finish instrumental versions of two of the remaining eight. Instrumental versions can be completed more quickly than the […]

Here is the Little Door

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This song is going on the Christmas album. It’s a 1918 setting of a poem by Frances Chesterton. Of course, it’s been Gregorian-ized by me, for a fresh spin. Because you are on the mailing list (or are checking out my web site) which automatically means you are awesome, I want to give you this […]

Orchestral Project – Deviation from Plan

Swiss orchestra

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If you follow me on Twitter @cantusnovus or Facebook, you already know that the Christmas album recording is on temporary hold while I try my hand at writing for orchestra. I saw a post about this score-writing contest for a short (4 minute) animation. It sounded like fun and I jumped on it. I’ve never […]

Survey – drums or no drums


I need input from you! Tell me which version of this song (“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”) you like best. While working on music for my Christmas album, I made two versions of it, one with drums & one without. Cast your vote, and if you have a moment, tell me why you voted the […]

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