Otis Redding – My Girl

Otis Redding has a fantastic output, and everybody should take a good listen to a classic master singing his own and those of other people.  Here’s some My Girl: [Audio clip: view full post to listen]


So I’m hitting the road, off to adventure, with a tent and an accordion. No real plan, just going west from New York. If you see a guy on the side of the road with an accordion, say hi to me! I’ll be back before the middle of August- cheers!

Arranging Walk-Through: Happy Birthday

In this article, we’ll be going through the motions of arranging a song. Instead of looking at a completed arrangement, we’ll walk through every step of the process to show how an a cappella arrangement evolves and is finally completed. Today, the tune is Happy Birthday, that old standby of yore. Read more…

Trial by fire

So to celebrate the Fourth of July when all my friends were not in Cape Cod with me, I took the accordion I acquired a month and a half ago to the streets. I didn’t really know any songs other than the Legend of Zelda theme song and a half-baked “Annie Waits,” but hey, holding […]

Wouldn’t it be nice

One of the main facets of a composer’s growth is to study scores and listen to pieces by important composers. The idea is that by hearing the sounds and seeing the notes, a budding composer will learn new things and grow. Just listening to a piece doesn’t connect the craft as effectively as the two […]