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The Biography of a Pipe Organ

November 19th, 2015

A NEW BOOK! Read the biography of an organ, and with it, the biography of a city. The Estey pipe organ in Marion’s Memorial Coliseum was one for Estey’s storied “luminous” consoles.  That in itself should make this book worth reading.  But more than that, the organ was a symbol of all that was good, […]

A Thought for Today…

July 17th, 2014

      “The only escapes    from the misery of life   are music     and cats…”         -Albert Schwetizer (physician, humanitarian, organist)            

A Hymn for the Fourth

July 4th, 2014

  Here is a great hymn for the Fourth of July.  I offer it as a meditation on the meaning of being an American.  It doesn’t appear in most hymnals today, probably because it is politically incorrect, especially in the last stanza.  God bless our EXCEPTIONAL country!  Not alone for mighty empire, stretching far over land […]

A Craft, Not an Industry

July 3rd, 2014

  We organ builders sometimes suffer from an identity crisis. In my current issue of American Organbuilding, a knowledgeable writer asserts that the Organ industry has contracted over time. He makes this statement in reference to the valid point that, as an industry, it is difficult for organ builders to make an impact on those […]

“The man who dies rich, dies disgraced.” -Andrew Carnegie

A Thought for Today

June 20th, 2014

Organ playing is the manifestation of a will filled with the vision of eternity. – Charles Marie Widor

In the history of the pipe organ, especially in America, the name M.P. Moller stands apart.  In well over a century of organ building, Möller produced a staggering number of pipe organs – over 11,000.  Considering the complexity of each instrument, this is a huge number, and makes Moller not only the largest builder in […]

I am a “cat person.”  And one thing I have learned about cats is that they are very stoic.  A kitty can be in terrible pain, and show no outward sign, unless you are very attuned to its moods and habits.  Sometimes, by the time they are obviously sick and hurting, they are in real crisis. Pipe […]

Why is Music VITAL to Faith?

August 10th, 2012

Mankind desperately needs to bridge the gap between the rational and the spiritual…

The Night I Met Einstein

July 24th, 2012

Musicians, this is worth a read! http://www.rd.com/true-stories/inspiring/the-night-i-met-einstein/

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