Inspiration – John Philip Sousa and Honoring Sacrifice

An inventor, a soldier, a gifted musician – John Philip Sousa was all these things and more. His marches have become entwined with many citizens concept of what it means to be an ‘American’, even though they may be unaware of his name or history. With Memorial Day just around the corner, I felt itContinue reading “Inspiration – John Philip Sousa and Honoring Sacrifice”

Inspiration: Children Will Listen

Someone is on our side – Someone else is not. While we’re seeing our side, maybe we forgot… They are not alone No one is alone –          “No One is Alone” from Into the Woods I thought long and hard about which theater production I wanted to write about on Mother’s Day. I wanted toContinue reading “Inspiration: Children Will Listen”


Brandon was a firm believer in the concept of re-gifting. After all, if you really liked something, chances were someone who liked you would also like that something. It wasn’t cheap; it was economical and earth friendly. It was also why none of Brandon’s romantic relationships could last longer than a year. Brandon told hisContinue reading “Selfishness”

Inspiration: George Winston’s Simplistic Beauty

Very few of my early musical memories are independent of my parents, who listened to a wide variety of genres, artists, and time periods. Through them I was exposed to Meatloaf, John Denver, Bach, Bread, Stevie Nicks, and a host of other musicians to whom I still listen. Their album library contained the entire worldContinue reading “Inspiration: George Winston’s Simplistic Beauty”

Inspiration – Growing Up with Motion City Soundtrack

Everyone has those bands that stay with them forever. I’m sure some people much smarter than me have tried to figure out what it is about certain songs heard at certain points in our lives that make them so precious to us. It must be something more than a way of reliving a memory ofContinue reading “Inspiration – Growing Up with Motion City Soundtrack”