Album Review: CELTIQUE by Doug Hammer

Celtique, Doug Hammer’s twelfth release, tells the story of a fisherman: a day in his life from daybreak to twilight. Inspired by his love of Celtic music as well as places and cultures he has experienced, Doug Hammer has created a masterpiece. Celtique begins and ends with the title track “like an unbroken, sacred circle.” […]

ON THE OTHER SIDE by Cathy Oakes

On the Other Side is composer and solo pianist Cathy Oakes’ fourth release and her first venture into the world of orchestration. Five years in the making, it is imbued with all the emotion, passion and reverence born of the myriad of life experiences that took place over the course of that time. It is, in […]

Release Day!

Album release day has come and gone; my holiday project Thankful Heart, Joyful Mind is now available everywhere music is streamed and sold! There are physical CD’s and digital albums and there is sheet music – note by note transcriptions of every arrangement, both individual PDF’s and the complete collection. Click HERE to order! I […]

Album Review: Even for a Moment by Gary Schmidt

Following the success of his 2016 album Landscapes of the Heart, Heart Dance Records pianist and composer Gary Schmidt has released his second album Even for a Moment. With twelve new original solo piano pieces and two classical selections, this album is a pleasure from start to finish. The album opens with If This Is […]

Thankful Heart, Joyful Mind Pre-Sale Starts TODAY!!!

TODAY is the day that my brand-new holiday album, Thankful Heart, Joyful Mind, is now available for pre-order! You get one track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released (October 19th). The special pre-sale price […]

“Thankful Heart, Joyful Mind” – Holiday Album Pre-Sale starts FRIDAY!

I am excited to announce that my holiday album Thankful Heart, Joyful Mind will be available for pre-sale HERE starting THIS Friday, September 21st! Christmas has always been my favorite holiday so you can imagine what a delight it was to create my very own arrangements of twelve of my all-time favorite Christmas songs. I can hardly wait for […]

Album Review: Voyager by Lisa Swerdlow

California native Lisa Swerdlow was raised in a musical family and began studying classical piano at the age of six. She turned to composing at the age of sixteen and has performed in a variety of situations, including playing piano in a rock band and touring with an all female salsa band. After an extended […]

Album Review: Phoenix by William Ögmundson

William Ögmundson is an award winning and EMMY-nominated composer and lyricist and a classically trained solo pianist. He began performing at the age of five, has played in prestigious halls around the world, and has released six solo piano albums to date. His 2016 release, “Phoenix,” is a musical feast. This unique collection cannot be […]

Fish Taco Friday: Bajo Sexto Taco

Last weekend I attended the CD Baby DIY Conference at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. After a busy morning of workshops on Friday, I hit the taqueria tucked inside the hotel for lunch. I wasn’t super hungry, so I made a meal of just one Baja fish taco with a side of Mexican street […]