Support BACHorgan.com! Shop our affiliates!
Sheet Music PlusFeatured Sale

Search for Keyword:  in Rampages 

 

"I Can Do This and It's Going to Be Great" -  October 12, 2010
I had to give a big presentation at work last week and I thought I'd offer some insights from my experience. I don't know what goes on in other people's heads but I can tell you what was going on inside mine. As I was preparing in the days before the meeting, (More...)

"Still Surviving on the Street" -  May 28, 2010
As I was writing this Rampage, the words "Still surviving on the street" popped into my head. It took me a moment to realize they were lyrics from the song "Shattered" by the Rolling Stones: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/r/rolling+stones/shattered_20117877.html But (More...)

"The Good, the Bad, and the Obvious" -  March 2, 2010
I received an email recently and, to be honest, I thought it was just another joke making the rounds. But after re-reading it a couple of times and checking it out with Google, it appears to be legit. My skepticism stemmed from the big bold letters of the (More...)

"Taking Bach's Name In Vain" -  January 26, 2010
Right before Christmas, an article appeared in The New York Times profiling the new pipe organ at Rochester, NY's Christ Church, commissioned by the organ faculty of the Eastman School of Music. Well, new as in new in 2008. I'm not sure why the article was (More...)

"Happy New Year!" -  January 7, 2010
As BACHorgan.com enters its tenth year, I took a quick look over the past year's additions to the website. I didn't write that many Rampages in 2009 but it wasn't the worst year by far. Currently I'm working on a couple of longer articles and as usual (More...)

"Yes We Kandinsky!" -  December 2, 2009
On a recent weekend, I visited the Guggenheim to see the Kandinsky exhibit. It's always satisfying to experience Wright's building. From the outside, it's a striking visual to admire. But from the inside, it's an engaging experience. Seeing the movement of (More...)

"Change Is Hard, but Good" -  October 18, 2009
There's been a lot of talk about change this year. I started thinking about it in a different light after listening to a struggling piano student this past week. They would start at the beginning, play until they couldn't get any further, and then stop and (More...)

"A Morning Walk Leads to the Country" -  September 25, 2009
Last weekend I found myself walking down a side street in the city. As I passed the Church of St. Francis Xavier, the sound of the choir singing an anthem wafted through the open doors and out onto the pleasant morning air. It was a beautiful moment, and one (More...)

"A Tour of Ideas" -  September 14, 2009
A couple of weeks ago I did a very touristy thing and visited the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. http://www.nationalshrine.com It's off the beaten path but I highly recommend a visit if you're in the DC area. (More...)

"Hey, I'm on a Roll!" -  August 23, 2009
Two Rampages in one month--that hasn't happened in a while. There are a couple of articles that I wanted to comment on. The first is from the New York Times, "Flutes Offer Clues to Stone-Age Music" http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/25/science/25flute.html?hpw This (More...)

"Exploring the Thin Line" -  August 11, 2009
Hi folks, It's been a long time but I've finally managed to put together a Rampage. It's been a summer of lots of work (and some play, not to worry). I came across an article that I thought was interesting so I'm passing it on. It doesn't mention Bach but (More...)

"Community Contributions" -  May 11, 2009
I haven't written for a while. All is well, just a bit busy with work. I have a half dozen half written Rampages that I hope to finish and start sending out soon. In the meantime, BACHorgan.com community members have been contributing so I want to share their (More...)

"Let's Talk About Inclusion" -  March 24, 2009
I tried my hand at the AGO Certifications a few years ago. The Service Playing Test took some work but it went well and I passed. The Colleague Exam was another animal. As the date for my exam neared, I knew I wasn't completely prepared but rather than cancel (More...)

"Planting Seeds" -  March 10, 2009
The weather this past weekend was down right Spring-like. Since then, temperatures have returned to the 30s and 40s but that brief taste of better days ahead was enough to start the sap running in the trees of my mind. Yesterday morning, I had a flash (More...)

"The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Deceit" -  February 27, 2009
As indicated by my title, I have two topics to discuss. First, a victory. Last time, I included information provided by BACHorgan.com community member Dick Hill about the Brockton, Massachusetts congregation that had completely rebuilt their pipe organ. A (More...)

"Let's Talk About Organs" -  February 24, 2009
I drove up to Boston this past weekend. It was a short trip however there were a couple of organ-related items that resulted. In Boston, I took a tour of King's Chapel, well worth the $1 requested donation. The Chapel was founded in 1686 and was the first (More...)

"Survival's the Name of the Game" -  February 13, 2009
With all the economic adventures we're experiencing these days, there's no time like the present to have a read of the latest entry in one of my favorite blogs, Deep Survival. I regularly share Gonzales' articles because I value the "big picture" perspective (More...)

"Music Wants to Be Free" -  February 8, 2009
I was cced on an email this past week from a BACHorgan.com community member who expressed concern about the recent spate of news stories regarding the use of recorded performances as insurance during "live" performances. The email cited the Super Bowl, Obama's (More...)

"Soles Repaired -- Heels in 15 Minutes" -  January 29, 2009
Soles Repaired -- Heels in 15 Minutes. That's what a sign said on a cobbler shop that I used to pass on my way to work years ago. It always gave me a chuckle because it seemed like it could almost turn up as a sermon title on a sign outside some church. I (More...)

"Come and Take a Journey with Me" -  January 25, 2009
For a while there, my Rampage was going nowhere fast. It was a perfectly dreadful Rampage entitled "Deflation: The One Hope for Organists". I don't know what I was thinking. I wasn't enjoying writing it; why would anyone enjoy reading it? For the morbidly (More...)

"Sharing Is Caring" -  January 13, 2009
I don't have a lot to say this week but I have a few interesting items to share. First up, it's time again to share from the survival blog that I read over at Adventure magazine. It may seem a bit removed from the pipe organ world but I often find some (More...)

"Happy News Year!" -  January 6, 2009
And so we begin another year. That's year #9 for BACHorgan.com. Somehow the site is still up and running after all these years. I would make a resolution to write a Rampage every week but my track record indicates that would be a resolution too hard for me (More...)

"The Big Day Has Come and Gone" -  December 26, 2008
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Now we can all catch up on our reading and email. I read a number of financial newsletters and the content is fairly predictable. So I was pleasantly surprised to discover not one but two musical references recently. (More...)

"No Bailout for Pipe Organ Builders!" -  December 10, 2008
I’m sick and tired of seeing those pipe organ builder CEOs zipping around the country in their fancy private jets. I jest, of course. If there’s an industry that helps form the backbone of America’s economy, boldly facing foreign competition and thriving without (More...)

"Come Now, Savior of the Heathen" -  November 30, 2008
Today, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York was re-dedicated with a very splashy service. Of more specific concern to organists, their organ is back in business. The New York Times had a nice article this past week and if you go to the page, you (More...)

"Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving" -  November 24, 2008
Last night on 60 Minutes, Andy Rooney had a rant on how Thanksgiving is getting squeezed out of the picture by people and businesses whose only interest in Christmas is money. Here's the link: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/11/22/60minutes/rooney/main530555.shtml He's (More...)

"Organists as Economic Impact Zones" -  November 14, 2008
With the continuing developments in the financial world, I thought I would try to consider the situation through the filter of a church organist's perspective. However, not being active in the field I ended up with more questions than answers. Maybe some of (More...)

"Happy Halloween" -  October 31, 2008
It seems our society is in the process of ruining yet another holiday. Anyway, it's kind of lame but I put up one Halloween decoration: http://BACHorgan.com/index.htm I've been crazy busy but I just couldn't let yet another week go by without a Rampage. (More...)

"Continuation from Last Time" -  September 28, 2008
I was in such a hurry last time that I failed to provide the link that I found to the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. I'm not much for contemporary organs but this one just seems to work for me. And it's a Fisk. (More...)

"Just a Quick Message" -  September 19, 2008
It's been an exhausting week on Wall Street and my Rampage is still in progress but I wanted to pass along some information about an organ I came across online. It's the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in California. (More...)

"Making Your Own Reality" -  September 14, 2008
I was hurrying down Third Avenue this morning, on my way to an appointment, and I could see that the crossing signal was changing against me at 86th Street. As I started to jog to catch the light, a sports car rolled up to the red light. As I watched, he started (More...)

"Survival of the Fittest" -  August 28, 2008
Breathing accelerated. Pulse racing. Sweaty palms. Muscles twitching. Eyes darting back and forth. A nervous licking of the lips. Fight or flight? Is that a description of a person caught in a life-threatening situation? It could just as easily describe (More...)

"No More Mystery Organs!" -  August 24, 2008
Two Rampages back I wrote about a collection of articles I found on Google. That must have been a particularly good week for organ news because when I Googled "pipe organ" this past week I only found one article. Anyway, I checked out the one new article and (More...)

"Cursed with a Passion for the Truth" -  August 15, 2008
I stayed up late last night watching the Olympics to see the outcome of the gymnastics all-around event. It was a real nail-biting, edge-of-the-seat competition and well worth the lost sleep to witness the point-by-point unfolding of the results. This evening (More...)

"Google Some Good News" -  August 12, 2008
The big news story around town this week (for organists) was about Col. Jack Moelmann, who spent almost $120,000 of his own money to rent out Radio City Music Hall to perform a show on the historic Wurlitzer. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/11/nyregion/11organ.html On (More...)

"Playing the Building" -  August 5, 2008
On any given day in New York City, there is so much going on that it's impossible to keep track of all the events. Actually, I might go so far as to suggest that it is undesirable to keep track. One of the best ways to enjoy the city is to pick a neighborhood (More...)

"News You May Actually Be Interested In" -  July 22, 2008
I saw a report on the news that the nave of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City, was back online after a two-year cleaning and restoration. The cleanup was in response to a five-alarm fire in 2001 in the north transept. The report also mentioned (More...)

"The BACHorgan.com Network" -  July 11, 2008
Updating continues on the website. There's a lot of catching up to do. When I email out a Rampage, I receive a variety of responses. Some are related to the Rampage however some are simply informational. This past week, I received an announcement for a concert (More...)

"Happy 4th of July!" -  July 4, 2008
I hope you all had a happy and safe day. As citizens, we have a fondness for this patriotic holiday but as musicians, we have a special connection to the 4th. It's one of the few days of the year when we can refresh our memories of patriotic song titles under (More...)

"The Neglectful Gardener" -  July 2, 2008
It's been so long, I hardly know what to say. For reference, this past Monday was the two-year anniversary of my retirement from church music and it's been well over a year since I wrote a Rampage. Time really flies. While I still don't have the kind of time (More...)

"Thank Goodness for Christina Harmon" -  February 16, 2007
Well, it's been over a month since my last weekly update. You can thank BACHorgan.com community member Christina Harmon for getting me off my duff to send out this email. Christina emailed me some info on a local event and I promised to pass it on. Well, the (More...)

"I'm Not Done Yet" -  January 10, 2007
Thus begins the seventh year of BACHorgan.com. While it's a new year, the topic is unfortunately an old and familiar one. For the most recent installment, please refer to my previous Rampage: "Authority Submissiveness Syndrome" - December 11, 2006 http://www.BACHorgan.com/RampageBack.asp?item=161 (More...)

"Authority Submissiveness Syndrome" -  December 11, 2006
There were two incidents last week that stuck out in my mind but neither was sufficient to become a Rampage on its own. I couldn't combine them because they were unrelated. Or were they? The first incident was a message that popped up on one of the discussion (More...)

"Next up on the Schedule" -  November 26, 2006
I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. I enjoyed something I haven't experienced in quite a long time: a four-day weekend. I don't mean to gloat but wow, let's hear it for Thursday holidays. Now that Thanksgiving is history, we're staring down the barrel (More...)

"Thanksgiving? No Thanks!" -  November 19, 2006
For perspective on this Rampage, please see my Rampage of October 18, 2006: "What's a Poor Organist to Do?" http://www.BACHorgan.com/RampageBack.asp?item=157 Last week I received an offer by email to play for a service on Thanksgiving morning. I emailed (More...)

"The Monster Still Lives!" -  November 12, 2006
This weekend someone mentioned the "organ" down at Trinity Church here in New York City. It reminded me that I had written a Rampage around the time of that instrument's installation (see below). The instrument in question was promoted as a "temporary (More...)

"What's a Poor Organist to Do?" -  October 18, 2006
Last week I subbed for a friend at a church that I'd never played at. I had basically two days to prepare the music, an hour with the organ on Sunday morning before the service, and I hadn't touched an organ in over three months. It was with great relief that (More...)

"It's Been a While" -  October 12, 2006
It's been a while. Over six months, in fact. What happened? No, I wasn't kidnapped by agents of the International Musicological Society in a move to protest my last Rampage about an imaginary Bach (April 1, 2006). While that would be a much more exciting explanation, (More...)

"Interpretation Debate Heats Up!" -  March 31, 2006
The debate over the interpretation of music by a certain Baroque composer has intensified in recent weeks. On one side of the debate is a camp generally referred to as The Purists. On the other side is a group that might best be described as The Pragmatists. (More...)

"Freedom in the Balance" -  March 22, 2006
I found a worthwhile article in BusinessWeek, of all places, about creativity, specifically about its relationship with constraints. http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_07/b3971144.htm The writer of the article suggests that successful artistic (More...)

"Caution: Approach with Reverence" -  March 18, 2006
This past Sunday I played Bach's Prelude and Fugue in B Minor (BWV 544) for the postlude. It is such an extraordinary experience to play this composition. When I start to play and those notes come out, Bach's notes, I am instantly somewhere else. I am transformed. (More...)

"Easter Services Canceled?!?" -  March 10, 2006
Some months ago, I received an email from a BACHorgan.com community member informing me of a book entitled "Why I Left the Contemporary Christian Music Movement: Confessions of a Former Worship Leader." I ordered the book, by Dan Lucarini, and, when I finally (More...)

"Let's Get Ready to Rampaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaage!" -  March 1, 2006
I'm not always in the mood to write a Rampage but anytime I see an injustice committed by the police, you know, bullying the citizenry, I immediately get riled up. But since some of you have complained that you like your music talk straight up without politics, (More...)

"Drop the Façade!" -  February 17, 2006
Clearly, none of my Rampages about digital organs reached the folks at St. Mary's Ridgefield in time. They installed a toaster in December 2004 and now they're in the news because they are finally getting around to having a dedication concert. http://news.newstimeslive.com/story.php?id=79880&catego (More...)

"It's About Time" -  February 9, 2006
Let me begin by apologizing for how long I've been out of touch. It's hard to believe that I allowed almost 4 months to pass since my last Rampage. The original culprit was the convergence of Christmas and the end of the year. Christmas always presents special (More...)

"The Demise of the Digital Organ" -  November 28, 2005
Let's say you've always wanted to visit Paris. Let's say someone invented an IMAX-type booth that you could walk into and close the door. Inside you would be seeing 360 degrees of Paris, hearing Paris, smelling Paris. Now, let's say they could construct (More...)

"The Grand Canyon of Music" -  November 10, 2005
This past Sunday was a Bach day at church. I played the Fantasy & Fugue in C Minor for the prelude. The Collection was "Durch Adam's Fall ist ganz verderbt" (Orgel-Büchlein). The postlude I played was the Fantasy & Fugue in A Minor. Using a moderate registration (More...)

"Education Perspiration" -  October 29, 2005
Aristotle said, "All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." As a nation, we spend millions of dollars every year researching how to teach our kids better. Meanwhile, (More...)

"Rude, Crude and In a Mood" -  October 21, 2005
As I was walking to work the other morning, I was nearly run down by a man driving a big, black car who had punched the accelerator in order to make it through a red light, that's right, red, not yellow, and came very close to losing control of his car. Coincidentally, (More...)

"Busy Making Other Rampages" -  October 6, 2005
John Lennon sang "Life is just what happens to you, While your busy making other plans." He could have been referring to the way I often write Rampages. I may work for days and days on a Rampage and before I know it weeks have gone by and it's still not done. (More...)

"The Price Is Wrong" -  September 18, 2005
It is claimed that classical music radio station listeners do not want to hear pipe organ music on their stations. I say claimed because in my 35 years of playing, I've never actually heard anyone say that they didn't like the sound of the pipe organ. Anyway, (More...)

"It's Good to Be King!" -  August 24, 2005
I noticed that one of the repertoire choices listed for the 2006 AGO Colleague exam was Mendelssohn's fugue from his Second Sonata so I thought I'd play through it and I did. I just don't get the piece. I might be missing something but I don't think so. I (More...)

"Jailbirds of a Feather" -  August 17, 2005
"On Nov 6 the quondam concertmeister and organist Bach was confined to the County Judge's place of detention for too stubbornly forcing the issue of his dismissal, and finally on Dec 2 was freed from arrest with notice of his unfavourable discharge." - Court (More...)

"To Fill with Wonder...Again" -  July 27, 2005
For those of you who felt my last Rampage was all about politics, let me just say that politics are a luxury when you wear a backpack and find yourself running for the train in the morning, as I often do. Knowing that you could be shot dead on your way to (More...)

"It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" -  July 14, 2005
With the events of the past week, I found myself thinking about what Mel Gibson shouts in the movie "Braveheart." Not remembering it exactly, I looked it up on the Web and found it at the site below along with many other quotes from the movie, some hilarious: William (More...)

"Flash in the Pan" -  June 28, 2005
As I was playing Bach's Prelude and Fugue in A Minor (BWV 543) last Sunday for my prelude, I was thinking how hard it is to "show off" while playing Bach. The music is so demanding musically, technically and intellectually that the player has little energy (More...)

"Get Bach!" -  June 8, 2005
I would tell you about the previously unknown Bach aria that's been discovered in Germany but you probably already know about it because it was all over the mainstream media today. It was on ABC. It was on CNN. It was on the local Fox affiliate, for gosh sakes. (More...)

"Mission: Possible" -  May 25, 2005
Knock, knock. Who's there? Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Ivory-billed Woodpecker who? Ivory-billed Woodpecker back from extinction, that's who! That's right, 60 years after the last reported sighting, Ivory-billed Woodpeckers have been spotted in a swamp (More...)

"Pander to Me, Please!" -  May 12, 2005
Last Saturday I went to a New York Philharmonic Young People's Concert at Lincoln Center. Avery Fisher Hall wasn't packed but the generous applause after each selection seemed to indicate an enthusiastic and satisfied crowd. However, between the last note (More...)

"A New Resolution" -  May 5, 2005
I don't perform enough. I play twice a week for services but that's not the same as giving a recital. Unfortunately, there aren't that many places in New York City that have a recital series. It has been 2 1/2 years since my recital at St. Thomas. I had (More...)

"Resolution Accomplished!" -  April 15, 2005
Two Sundays ago, the Time changed but I didn't. For the first time in probably twenty years, I forgot to Spring Ahead. No one mentioned it at work the previous Friday and none of the newscasters mentioned it during their coverage of the Pope on the Saturday (More...)

"For Shame" -  April 8, 2005
SPECIAL RAMPAGE: I wanted to pass along the following note that I sent to The American Organist magazine this evening: To TAO magazine: Shame on you for publishing the letter from Mr. Fred Astmann in your Letters column of April 2005. While Mr. Astmann's (More...)

"Bach in the Saddle" -  March 30, 2005
There's a nasty rumor circulating that I gave up Rampaging for Lent. On the contrary, I've had several experiences recently that have left me very cranky. Just been too busy to write. For instance, why don't healthy people go to concerts? I went to a NY (More...)

"All You Need Is Love" -  March 17, 2005
In the beginning, I ran with the idea of the Weekly Rampage because I thought it sounded cool. I now realize the idea was also born of optimism. I was young and full of energy then. These days, given my current schedule and workload, I'm feeling too old to (More...)

"I Can See Clearly Now" -  March 4, 2005
I've been thinking a great deal recently about a subject that is best summed up by an expression popularized in politics a few years back: The Vision Thing. The Vision Thing is about ideas and, more specifically, about the importance of ideas, especially (More...)

"Bach's Passions" -  February 10, 2005
I'd like to start this Rampage off by discussing Bach's passions. No, not the St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke or St. John. I'm talking about the favorite passions not just of JSB but of many an artist: wine, women, and song. I would imagine in Bach's case (More...)

"The Agony of De-postlude" -  February 3, 2005
I've received several emails recently indicating that postlude issues still abound. I've addressed such issues from time to time and here are two links for those who may be interested: "Dear Diary..." http://www.BACHorgan.com/RampageOnline85.html WORKSHOP (More...)

"How Does Your Garden Grow?" -  January 26, 2005
I was rehearsing the G Minor Fugue (BWV 578) the other night and noticed how much better it was sounding since I've been able to spend a little more time on it lately. I was downright happy to witness it coming back to life. The image of a garden came to mind, (More...)

"Dan Long's New Year's Bachin' Eve" -  January 19, 2005
Poor Dick Clark, forced into retirement after 32 years of ringing in the New Year. His New Year's Rockin' Eve was, if not always the best, certainly my favorite end-of-year/begin-the-year TV show. I wasn't there for all of them but I did enjoy many of them, (More...)

"Post-Season Wrap-up" -  December 31, 2004
It's not that I don't like the holidays; I love the holidays. But I do find them to be a major disruption. I live a very full life so to try to squeeze more into it is just begging for trouble. Now, I know that the holidays are a time for slowing down and (More...)

"Happy Holiday Crush!" -  December 23, 2004
Longer than usual gaps between my Rampages? And between my BLOG entries, too? Hmmm....It must be Christmas! It's one thing to plan for Christmas. It's quite another to be in the thick of it. What a trip! For the past few years, I have played Christmas music (More...)

"I'm Only Human" -  November 27, 2004
It was with great amusement and immense satisfaction that I recently listened to a group of digital organ owners complaining about the high cost of digital organs as well as their instruments' limitations at replicating some of the features that players of (More...)

"Getting Back to Music" -  November 17, 2004
I know that many of you feel discouraged over the outcome of the recent presidential election. Perhaps you feel that you didn't make a difference when you were told and believed that you would. Well, you did make a difference even if it doesn't seem that way. (More...)

"Here Comes Santa Claus!" -  November 5, 2004
Halloween is over which means, of course, that it's time to start preparing for Christmas. Really? For starters, there's still time to save some money on Christmas music. SheetMusicPlus.com is offering 20% off select Christmas titles for piano, voice and (More...)

"The Future Hangs in the Balance" -  November 1, 2004
Tomorrow will be one of the most dramatic days in recent history. I, for one, will be glued to the TV as the results come in. There was talk during this election of two Americas. The way I see it, there's one that believes in the power of music and one that (More...)

"Stick to Where the Action Is" -  October 20, 2004
In a recent Weekly Rampage, I mentioned the late Dirk Flentrop, organbuilder extraordinaire. Over the past week, the page updates I've made are all related to Flentrop organs (see Updated Pages below). A few years ago, my alma mater, Oberlin College, installed (More...)

"A Tale of Two Organs" -  October 13, 2004
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of (More...)

"Bach Turns Over In His Heaven" -  September 29, 2004
Kurt Vonnegut has long been one of my favorite authors. He can be a bit bracing to the uninitiated but I've really come to appreciate his honesty and insight into the human condition. His twisted view of reality makes me laugh. I recently went digging around (More...)

"Give Me Pipes!" -  September 3, 2004
Whenever I write a Weekly Rampage denouncing digital organs, I always hear from "the victims." These are the organists who claim they have no choice in the matter, that the church where they play doesn't have enough money or enough space for a pipe organ. First (More...)

"No! No! No! No! No!" -  August 18, 2004
I was truly surprised to read in August's issue of The American Organist (TAO) how the National Council of the American Guild of Organists decided this past spring that they just weren't doing enough to promote digital organs. Actually, I thought they had (More...)

"Pipes Hall of Fame" -  August 8, 2004
In my Weekly Rampage of May 23, "Score One for the Pipes!", I applauded the Larchmont Avenue Church in Larchmont, New York, for deciding to replace their electronic organ with a pipe organ. Since then I have read many more encouraging stories, so many, in (More...)

"The Late, Great Mr. Bach" -  July 27, 2004
When I picked up The New Bach Reader recently, it was the first time in a while and it was more out of curiosity than anything. I keep it near the organ and I suddenly found myself staring at a yellow post-it sticking out from between its pages. I assumed (More...)

"Hair Today, Gone Tamale" -  July 14, 2004
In my last Rampage, if you followed the link to The Australian, you may have read the following passage: "By the latter part of his [Bach's] career, however, baroque was giving way to the lightness and preciousness of the early classical style, soon to (More...)

"The Way Things Are. Or Not." -  June 29, 2004
Caution: Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear. That warning on the side-view mirrors of cars popped into my head today as I pondered an interesting thread I found running through several articles I've read lately. The thread is that things are not (More...)

"On Eagle's Wings" -  June 20, 2004
Last weekend was a busy one so I didn't catch much of the Reagan ceremonies but I did happen to see the following article (may load slowly): http://ww2.saukvalley.com/news/280713005598234.bsp It's about Hal Weaver, the organist at First Christian Church (More...)

"Community Wealth" -  June 14, 2004
I've been receiving such a wealth of material lately that it threatens to overwhelm me. Rather than overwhelm you, I thought I would stand aside for a change and allow the impressive work of your fellow community members to shine through. All links to materials (More...)

"A Time to Remember" -  May 26, 2004
I've been finding it hard to focus on writing about music when we're still at war. Thanks to the Internet, it's not only possible, it's easy to forsake all else in the effort to stay abreast of current events. It's not just the mainstream media at your fingertips (More...)

"Score One for the Pipes!" -  May 23, 2004
Congratulations to the Larchmont Avenue Church in Larchmont, New York, on their decision to replace their organ. From the Larchmont Gazette: "The Larchmont Avenue Church has been studying the replacement of its existing electronic organ since 1997. The organ (More...)

"Linen and Lace Anniversary" -  May 3, 2004
Last month marked my ninth anniversary as organist in my current position. The exact date, appropriately enough, was April 1st. Fortunately, I had an excellent instrument at my disposal all those years, the history of which may be viewed here: http://www.ThirdChurchOrgan.com We're (More...)

"An Idea with Legs" -  April 19, 2004
I find it so interesting how ideas make the rounds. On April 1st I emailed out my FREE Workshop #16: "Hitting the Wall," suggesting something in common between running a marathon and playing the organ. http://www.BACHorgan.com/Workshop16.asp My workshop (More...)

"In the News" -  April 16, 2004
Finally, taxes are done. Time to reclaim my life. Check out this bit that appeared on April 14th in The Lafayette Daily Advertiser of Lafayette, Louisiana: "Giant Crane Will Be at Friday Bach Lunch" LAFAYETTE — Lafayette Steel Erectors will park its new (More...)

"Dusting Bach's Image" -  April 2, 2004
I'm always glad to hear people singing Bach's praises so I eagerly launched into a recent article by Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo, "What Bach could have taught Spinoza about Judaism" (see Articles Library below). The author's thesis was that Bach, in a hypothetical (More...)

"Belated Birthday Musings" -  March 24, 2004
This past Sunday was Old Man Bach's 319th birthday. I did a little math and discovered that it's theoretically possible for me to still be around for the 300th anniversary of his death. By the way, that's only 2,400 Rampages from now. (It may seem like a lot (More...)

"The Power of the Blame Game" -  March 19, 2004
In my last Rampage, "All the Stops (A Rampaging Review)," I presented the theory that blame is not appropriate in regard to the organ's current lack of popularity in America. Judging by the responses I received, the Blame Game is a deeply held belief and will (More...)

"All the Stops (A Rampaging Review)" -  March 9, 2004
With "All the Stops," Craig Whitney makes reading about the organ downright fun (a first?) and I whole-heartedly recommend his book to every organist except, of course, those who already know everything there is to know about the organ (you know who you are). (More...)

"Getting More Bang for Your Bach" -  February 29, 2004
I work in the financial industry and my job centers around the computer. Having survived two rounds of layoffs as my department was halved and then halved again, I haven't been feeling too comfortable lately. To make matters worse, the kinds of responsibilities (More...)

"Pulling Out All the...Harmonicas?" -  February 18, 2004
The section of West 48th Street that lies between Seventh Avenue and Avenue of the Americas (New Yorkers call it Sixth Avenue) is famous among rock and pop musicians as the center of the music store universe. Among the many music stores located there, the (More...)

"Amazon.com Gives Back" -  February 7, 2004
Without a doubt, the Internet is a wonderful thing but there are times when the frustration outweighs the convenience. For instance, many times when I perform a search on a topic, a large percentage of the returned results are books at Amazon.com. That doesn't (More...)

"MTV Crowd Rocks the Bote" -  February 3, 2004
While the Superbowl halftime events of this past weekend dominate the news, the organ community is today confronting the announcement by the School of Music at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, that it plans to eliminate its organ program. While (More...)

"Who Let the BLOGs Out!" -  January 26, 2004
Over the past year, I've been looking at ways to build on the community aspect of BACHorgan.com. Impressed by the quality and quantity of writing exhibited on the Feedback page, I thought that perhaps some community members might appreciate having the opportunity (More...)

"If I Knew Then..." -  January 21, 2004
From my file labeled "If I Knew Then What I Know Now": --Once upon a time, I was being shown a prominent New York City organ by the organ builder's representative and accepted his invitation to play. Having planned ahead and brought along some music, I (More...)

"Who Is John Galt?" -  January 11, 2004
Due to the holidays, my life is running about two weeks behind. Please bear with me. First and foremost, thank you to all those who support BACHorgan.com by making purchases through the links to its affiliates. Your support helps to keep BACHorgan.com (More...)

"Christmas Wrap-up" -  December 29, 2003
Yesterday was the last day of Christmas for me as an organist. I start playing Christmas music on the first Sunday after Thanksgiving and I don't let up until the Sunday after Christmas. November may seem a bit early for "O Little Town of Bethlehem" but how (More...)

"'Twas the Night..." -  December 22, 2003
It's hard to believe that at about this time last year I was cooling down from my recital at St. Thomas Church. Some of you may remember the following take-off on a familiar poem and that it came to me while seated at the St. Thomas console during a late-night (More...)

"Be Like Mike?" -  December 16, 2003
On the walk to church this past Sunday morning, I had been trying to work out in my mind some details concerning my Christmas Eve concert when, as is all too typical, my mind started wandering. I soon found myself contemplating my schedule, I guess in regard (More...)

"Dear Diary..." -  December 3, 2003
Dear Diary, Today, The American Organist magazine changed my life. Inside the December issue was a letter to the editor about postludes. The author of the letter was saying how organists take themselves and their postludes too seriously and how it's natural (More...)

"The Americans are Coming!" -  November 29, 2003
This isn't a full-blown Rampage but I wanted to bring to your attention an article from the New York Times on the new Fisk organ in Lausanne Cathedral in Switzerland. The organ was posted on the Organ Links page some time ago during its construction but it (More...)

"Every Little Bit (Seems Like It) Helps" -  November 23, 2003
In the September 2003 issue of Clavier, I came across an article by Jeffrey Wagner entitled "Perspectives On a Career in Music." Wagner's article drew heavily on a book by Artur Schnabel (1882-1951), "My Life and Music" (Dover), http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0486255719/bachorgancom-20 tha (More...)

"Digital Counterpoint" -  November 12, 2003
You'll be happy to hear that my next Rampage discusses Bach's organ music rather than digital organs but unfortunately it isn't finished yet. In the interim, I thought I'd dive into the old mailbag. Your feedback to my Rampage "The Monster of Trinity Church" (More...)

"Fall Back" -  November 5, 2003
It's definitely still Fall here in New York City. It's November 5th and yet warm enough to walk to and from work in just shirtsleeves (at least for me). Many of the trees in Central Park are still green although the ones that aren't are yielding up (down) (More...)

"The Enemy Within" -  October 29, 2003
Dear BACHorgan.com community, I apologize for being out of touch for the past four weeks or so but I assure you that it was not without reason. I heard from many BACHorgan.com community members after my last Rampage on Trinity Church's digital organ and I (More...)

"The Monster of Trinity Church" -  October 2, 2003
I was going to let this slide, I really was. I've been pretty busy lately and they made it sound so innocent. After all, the church needed an interim instrument, didn't it? I think what finally got to me was the self-congratulatory tone of those involved, (More...)

"Music: It's in the Holes" -  September 15, 2003
Holes are funny things. The comedian Chevy Chase said "A flute with no holes is not a flute, and a doughnut with no hole is a Danish." http://woodenflutes.com/quotes/ (This page had enough good jokes among the quotes that I added it to the Musician Jokes (More...)

"Mixed Monday" -  September 8, 2003
Today was the first day back at the grind after returning from vacationing in Maine. As if Monday's aren't tough enough! Fortunately, my vacation memories were still fresh enough to fall back on. Before I left for Maine I was thinking how nice it would (More...)

"Turn It Around; Try Upside-Down!" -  August 21, 2003
The pipe organ has received a fair amount of press lately but I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that recital attendance is still down. In fact, this has been going on for so long that we pretty much take it for granted. When something isn't working, (More...)

"One Day at a Time" -  August 10, 2003
I had a real hard time tearing myself away from the console this afternoon, I was having such a good time practicing. My fingers were digging into the keys and my legs just couldn't wait for the pedal entrances. I felt like I could have played forever. I (More...)

"Everybody Back in the Boat!" -  August 9, 2003
I'm happy to report that over the last couple of weeks I've managed to rescue several members of my repertoire from the murky waters of oblivion. They're not recital ready yet, but at least I'm no longer too embarrassed to play them. I'd like to welcome back (More...)

"Summer Ketchup" -  July 23, 2003
All day I've been trying to remember an audio clip I heard years ago from the Jack Benny radio show. He's at his violin lesson and butchering "Glow Worm" I think. Finally, his teacher, played by the late Mel Blanc, interrupts and asks, "Mr. Benny, do you practice (More...)

"How Bad Off Are We Really?" -  July 16, 2003
For a long time now, many of us have accepted without question the idea that the pipe organ is in trouble. But why? What is the evidence that it is "on the way out"? After stopping to think about it, I, for one, have decided that the pipe organ is not in need (More...)

"Giant Swirling Masses" -  July 7, 2003
It doesn't matter whether I'm too hot or too tired or too distracted to feel like playing the organ, a Bach fugue never fails to win me over. Last Wednesday it was the Fantasy and Fugue in C Minor (BWV 537). At first, getting that fugue going reminded me of (More...)

"Time is of the Essence" -  June 16, 2003
Don't wait to learn more Bach. Here are the two reasons: 1. It can take a while to learn some of the organ pieces, especially if you learn at a slow pace like I do. I endorse learning things in small chunks over long periods. It's more practical given the (More...)

"Yes, Tim, There is a Santa Claus" -  June 10, 2003
After my May 20th Rampage, Tim from Chicago posted the following message on the Feedback page. If this doesn't qualify as a Rampage, I don't know what does. Hi Dan, This is my first time posting on your feedback page. I have been receiving via e-mail your (More...)

"Have You Driven a Ford Lately?" -  June 1, 2003
Lately I haven't felt much like Rampaging but that changed after I received the June issue of The American Organist. Inside was an article entitled "Contemporary Worship or What We Can Learn from Ford," claiming that Contemporary Worship is becoming more popular (More...)

"O Solo Mio" -  May 20, 2003
The church where I play employs a solo vocalist for Sunday services rather than a choir. The soloist's name is Jenny Lynn Stewart (see Community Links below) and each Sunday morning before the service we rehearse her solo selection. Actually, I prefer the (More...)

"Memorial" -  May 12, 2003
Regardless of our politics or where we stand on the recent events in Iraq, we have to admit that this coming Memorial Day is going to be a tough one for a lot of folks. As organists, some of us may be asked to participate in special services while others may (More...)

"Another Fine Alto Clef Mess I've Gotten Myself Into" -  May 3, 2003
The "Nun Komm" workshop that I emailed last month generated a greater than usual amount of feedback. Since a majority of the feedback I receive comes directly to me via email rather than showing up on the Feedback page, I thought I would share some of it with (More...)

"GUEST RAMPAGE: Maple Grove Can Save Us!" -  April 14, 2003
[This Guest Rampage comes from Peter Stapleton, organist and frequent contributor to BACHorgan.com. -Dan] Ever hear of Maple Grove Vermont? Few have. Until this year. Maple Grove is waaay up north, and the good folks were a little discouraged about raising (More...)

"Pipemares" -  April 9, 2003
The good folks in Connecticut are in danger of losing their Pipedreams forever. Due to a lack of contributions, the Greater Hartford Chapter AGO will cease being able to underwrite the show as of this June. If you're within earshot of Connecticut or you just (More...)

"Significant Finding" -  April 1, 2003
"The famous painting of J.S. Bach that adorns the BACHorgan.com home page is referred to in scholarly circles as the 1746 Haussmann Portrait and currently hangs in the Altes Rathaus, or Old City Hall, in Leipzig. For a quick look around Leipzig, try this quick (More...)

"Bulls-eye! Or not." -  March 25, 2003
After shuffling "Zen in the Art of Archery" around my bookcase for a year or so, I finally picked it up and gave it a read. I had always wanted to know a little bit more about Zen and it appeared to be a classic text on the subject. More importantly, it was (More...)

"The Phantom Tollbooth" -  March 18, 2003
In "The Phantom Tollbooth," the main character, a young boy named Milo, is bored with everything. He is going through life completely uninterested and disengaged. One day he comes home from school to find a tollbooth in his room, complete with tokens to pay (More...)

"GUEST RAMPAGE: It Ain't Easy Bein' Green" -  March 12, 2003
[This Guest Rampage comes to us from Peter Stapleton, organist and frequent contributor to BACHorgan.com. -Dan] "Isn't that the kind of organ they use at roller skating rinks and places like that?" I was being introduced to an accomplished visiting pianist. (More...)

"Every Beaver Has His Day" -  March 5, 2003
I know that I referred to a previous Rampage as the final installment of my recital saga however the saga wouldn't be complete without this epilogue. But first, a story. In the fifth grade, I participated in a kind of science fair that required the participants (More...)

"Where's the Rampage?" -  February 27, 2003
Earlier this year, as part of a strategy to better manage my time, I made a New Year's resolution to send out my Weekly Rampage on a weekly basis; no more, no less. Well, like most resolutions, it was short-lived but I won't take all the blame. Lately the (More...)

"Bach: My Guilty Pleasure" -  February 10, 2003
"Order! Order! Court is now in session. Bailiff, please escort the Defendant into the courtroom." (pause) "Mr. Long, on the Sunday last, you played Bach's Fantasy and Fugue in C Minor (BWV 537) as a postlude. In reference to said postlude, you are charged (More...)

"Keeping Up-to-Date" -  January 30, 2003
The BACHorgan.com Articles Library was created as a central repository for the articles that I reference in my Weekly Rampages, as well as for other articles that may be of interest to the BACHorgan.com community. The latest addition to the library is an article (More...)

"Calling All Students!" -  January 23, 2003
I've been enjoying the book "Zen in the Art of Archery" by Eugen Herrigel. In a way, it actually has a lot to say about playing the organ. This morning I came across the following passages: "Steep is the way to mastery. Often nothing keeps the pupil on (More...)

"News Flash: Two Postludes Better Than One!" -  January 13, 2003
As a service-playing organist, I am flattered by the number of people who sit and listen to the entire postlude, regardless of its length. Their patience is doubly impressive given the eruption of talking that generally accompanies the end of a service. While (More...)

"Fight or Flight" -  January 5, 2003
I ran out of steam at the end of last year but I'm slowly getting back in the groove. Here finally is the last installment of my recital saga. Sunday, November 24: I arrived at St. Thomas Church a tad early so I deposited my suit and backpack in the music (More...)

"Tempo: To Each His Own" -  December 15, 2002
For the postlude today, I played Bach's Prelude and Fugue in G Minor (BWV 535), one of the large pieces I try to keep in my fingers through regular rotation. The last few times, I haven't been entirely satisfied with the way it came off. This time I decided (More...)

"Where Did I Go?" -  December 13, 2002
I feel as though I'm emerging from the darkness. To begin with, I put most of my life on hold until my recital was over. Then, before I had a chance to catch up on things, I became very busy at my full-time job. Then the weather turned cold which I found extremely (More...)

"Final Preliminaries" -  November 29, 2002
It's hard to believe but at this time one week ago, I was just arriving home from my first rehearsal at St. Thomas. This next installment of my recital saga includes my notes from last Friday and Saturday nights plus a special treat for those who make it to (More...)

"Happy Thanksgiving!" -  November 28, 2002
I'm interrupting the regularly-scheduled coverage of my recital to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. In the spirit of the day, here's the latest news out of Oberlin: "Terrorizing turkey MIA: Gobble, gobble, gone" OBERLIN, Ohio (AP) --A turkey that (More...)

"Final Countdown Commencing..." -  November 22, 2002
Well, my recital is less than two days away now (so forgive me if this isn't my usual polished Rampage). Last week, a BACHorgan.com community member asked me how I was going to spend my final week preparing. Was I going to play through my program once a day? (More...)

"What Does Blue Food Taste Like?" -  November 15, 2002
Lately I've been frustrated by the inability of words to describe musical experiences. Imagine having to explain to someone how a particular food tastes by describing only its color and texture. French Fries: brownish-yellow, crispy on the outside, soft on (More...)

"Two Quick Notes from a Recital Run-Through" -  November 6, 2002
1. It's really not wise to change your fingerings three weeks before a recital. I guess there's still time to pull the emergency chute and go back to the old fingerings even though they're inferior to the new ones. 2. No human being in their right mind could (More...)

"All of a Piece" -  November 2, 2002
Each piece in my repertoire is like one of my children, going through the stages of birth, development, and, hopefully, maturity. Like a parent, I have memories from each stage of a piece's life and these memories come flooding back every time I play that (More...)

"So What Am I Playing?" -  October 24, 2002
In my last Rampage, I wrote about my upcoming recital at St. Thomas (now only 31 days away - 11/24), so this time I thought I'd discuss how I arrived at the program I'll be performing. To begin with, I took my own advice and only considered compositions (More...)

"Six Weeks and Counting" -  October 13, 2002
I had to put my Philosophical Quagmire Rampage on hold so I could stress for a bit about my upcoming recital. As of today, it's exactly six weeks away and, at some point soon, it needs to become something more than a date on the calendar. The invitations probably (More...)

"How Great Bach Art" -  October 7, 2002
"Here we go again. Doesn't he ever get tired of going on and on about how great Bach is?" Uh, actually, no, I don't. I'll admit, I do spend a great deal of time marveling at Bach's genius. As a mental activity, I rate it right up there with pondering the stars (More...)

"Race against Time" -  September 18, 2002
Sometime in 1997, I came to the realization that I enjoyed playing Bach's Preludes and Fugues more than any other form of composition by any other composer. Having found my passion, I immediately set out to master all the major Preludes and Fugues plus the (More...)

"September 11, 2002" -  September 12, 2002
My intention had been to stay home all day with the covers pulled up over my head. Fortunately, I was needed at the church to provide intermittent organ music beginning at 10:15am, leading up to an 11:30 service. The doors of the church were opened so passersby (More...)

"Tempus Fugit...Regardless" -  September 6, 2002
The September issue of Scientific American magazine is a special issue dedicated to the subject of Time. I found one of the articles especially interesting, not just because I could actually understand one of their articles for a change but also because I (More...)

"Bach to Work" -  September 3, 2002
The arrival of September brings the return of familiar routines. Choirs rehearse, churches go back to two services, the kids are off to school, and I start practicing again! It was a good, hot summer but I'm looking forward to the coming months. I have a recital (More...)

"Summer Wrap-up" -  August 24, 2002
I spent some time this past week floating on my back in an indoor pool. The building enclosing the pool was a handsome, wooden structure in a peaceful, mountain setting. As I floated there in the pool, I found myself admiring the wooden ceiling, estimating (More...)

"Sullied Genius" -  August 12, 2002
I came across this article today that suggests some of the world's greatest painters were, in fact "tracers," using various optical devices in their work. Here's an excerpt and the link: Traces of Genius: Is art sullied by technology? By Charles Paul Freund, (More...)

"MTV Invasion, Stage II: Misery Loves Company" -  August 7, 2002
The following article showed up on my radar today (It's short so here's the whole thing): Britney should replace Bach: German minister ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- GRONAU, Germany: Britney Spears (More...)

"FREE Organ Music" -  August 5, 2002
The one-year anniversary of the BACHorgan.com Composition Free Exchange (CompFreeEx) page is quickly approaching. I started the page to provide composers an opportunity to share their music with a larger audience and to provide artists with access to music (More...)

"The Legend of the Bobcat Boogie" -  July 24, 2002
Grades 1-6, I rode a big yellow school bus 40 minutes each way to Hutchinson Elementary School. Long since demolished, it was a seven-room, two-story cement block of a school. After the coal mine, it was the centerpiece of Hutchinson, PA. The seventh room (More...)

"Here Comes the Organist!" -  July 16, 2002
My Rampages have been a bit too serious lately so I thought I'd tell you about a funny thing that happened to me on the way to a wedding. Well, it wasn't very funny at the time and, to be honest, it's not that funny now but if you're not from here, it's a (More...)

"What! No Photo?!?" -  July 11, 2002
Each month, when I compile the Monthly Links page, I spend a significant amount of time scrounging around church websites looking for information about their organs. I can't tell you how disappointed I am when a church's website doesn't even mention their (More...)

"Takin' It Easy" -  July 5, 2002
Hey, it's the 4th of July weekend--no Rampagin' allowed! In any event, I've added so much reading material to BACHorgan.com this past week that it would be just plain cruel to overload you with a Rampage. Enjoy! Click this link to read comments and offer (More...)

"To Work Is Inhuman, To Create Divine" -  June 30, 2002
Senior year of high school, my friends and I were mortified when our peers suggested our class song should be "Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers" by ZZ Top. With a few years of perspective, I'm thinking maybe it was an idea ahead of its time. I've already covered (More...)

"Announcing the Dan Long Presidential Library" -  June 25, 2002
Um, well, sort of. In my Weekly Rampages, I often include links to various articles on the web. Occasionally I have to go back and reread an article or find a link for a new reader. As the Rampages sink deeper and deeper into the Archives, it becomes increasingly (More...)

"The Heart of Fugue" -  June 20, 2002
Charles Dickens is my favorite author for much the same reason that J.S. Bach is my favorite composer: the Fugue. Dickens essentially wrote literary fugues, weaving multiple, simultaneous threads, relating, commingling, bringing them together in the end. Weaving (More...)

"GUEST RAMPAGE: Survival of the Fittest, My Foot!" -  June 12, 2002
This past week I received this rather cranky essay and I thought I'd share it with you. "Survival of the Fittest, My Foot!" by Ives Hadit The battle over the the survival of the traditional pipe organ is not being fought in the concert halls or cathedrals. (More...)

"Food for Thought" -  June 4, 2002
I received an email last week from Patrick Allen, informing me that, due to popular demand, Grace Church here in New York City is expanding its Wednesday lunchtime Bach organ concerts from 15 minutes to 30 minutes. Click here for more info: http://www.BACHorgan.com/Announcements.asp This (More...)

"Roll Out Those..." -  June 1, 2002
"...lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, those days of soda and pretzels and BEER!!!" That's how we sang it in high school choir rehearsal. We used to drive our choir director crazy. If you don't remember that song, it was sung by Nat King Cole and peaked on (More...)

"The Attack of the Clones" -  May 20, 2002
Since the release of the newest Star Wars movie, I have been reading interviews with George Lucas who talks a great deal about his use of digital technology in producing his latest film. Here is a choice quote from one of his older interviews: "Digital in (More...)

"BWV 543 Is Shrinking!" -  May 15, 2002
I could play the Prelude and Fugue in A Minor (BWV 543) all day long. What makes it so much fun to play? I've been playing it for 18 years and I still can't put my finger on exactly what makes it extra special. It might have something to do with the momentum (More...)

"GUEST RAMPAGE: The Power of Music" -  May 11, 2002
There hasn't been a Guest Rampage in a while so I was glad to hear from Susan Burkhalter this week. You may remember her as one of the winners from the "Ode to Organ Shoes" poetry contest. Susan emailed me the following essay that I'm sure will strike a chord (More...)

"WhereintheheckisHogNorton?" -  May 7, 2002
"Excuse me for living," I said. She was about my age, no more than twenty-five anyway, and had no reason I could see for being so snooty. I remembered this rhyme Mama taught me to say to kids who acted like they were better than me: "You must come from HogNorton, (More...)

"The Life Expectancy of Toasters" -  April 21, 2002
Ah, toast! Most weekdays I run off to the office with my thermos of coffee and pretty much grab whatever I can to eat as the day goes by. On Saturdays, however, I have time to make a nice breakfast. The usual is a couple of eggs, over-easy, with two slices (More...)

"The Only Constant Is Change" -  April 15, 2002
There's an old expression, "New York would be a great city if they ever finished it." If you haven't made the trip, it refers to the perpetual construction going on in the city. Buildings going up, buildings coming down, scaffolding everywhere. The city always (More...)

"Spotlight On a Professional Concern" -  April 9, 2002
As church musicians, our rewarding work is frequently punctuated by some professional struggle that we encounter in our weekly routine. At BACHorgan.com, I hear from many of you about these struggles, and while they vary widely, there is one issue I hear about (More...)

"The Strife is O'er, Alleluia!" -  April 2, 2002
By now many of you are resting comfortably after a grueling week of services, a rest well deserved, I'm sure. (Of course, those in the know know that church musicians tend to celebrate holidays the week AFTER everyone else but it's certainly not because we're (More...)

"New Page: Community Links" -  March 26, 2002
Now there's a way to let everyone who reads BACHorgan.com know about that cool website you just found. As part of my ongoing effort to make the website more interactive and responsive, I've added a Community Links page. This is a place where you can post a (More...)

"How's Our Job Security?" -  March 19, 2002
Many of us have our livelihood tied up in a religious institution so it pays to occasionally take a look at the state of religion in our world. I have two articles to pass on this week that have slightly different perspectives on this subject. The first (More...)

"Missing Bach Composition!" -  March 12, 2002
OK, I'll admit up front that's a sensationalized headline to promote the Composition Free Exchange. But now that I have your attention, here goes. For his The Liturgical Year, J.S. Bach planned to compose 126 chorale preludes covering the entire church year (More...)

"And the Winner Is..." -  March 1, 2002
In the end, five submissions were received for the 1st Annual "Ode to Organ Shoes" Poetry Contest and posted on BACHorgan.com. The submissions were then voted on by the BACHorgan.com community and are now listed on the Organ Shoes Hall of Fame page in the (More...)

"All the Beautiful Organs" - February 23, 2002
"Artist Program Update" - February 17, 2002
"Let the Voting Begin!" - February 6, 2002
"Last Call!!!" - January 18, 2002
"One Per Part, Please." - January 10, 2002
"Happy New Year!" - January 1, 2002
"Organ Shoes Poetry Contest Update" - December 20, 2001
"Happy Holidays" - December 14, 2001
"Turkey Day Wrap-up" - November 26, 2001
1st Annual "Ode to Organ Shoes" Poetry Contest - November 8, 2001
"Choosing an Organ" - November 2, 2001
"What's Mine Is Yours" - October 19, 2001
"Rededication" - October 12, 2001
"Catching Up" - October 6, 2001
"Starting Over" - September 28, 2001
"Elegy for Freedom" - September 14, 2001
"Labor Day Getaway" - September 6, 2001
"Your Own Affordable Website!" - August 27, 2001
"What's New, Organ Links?" - August 20, 2001
"What's Your Favorite Organ?" - August 1, 2001
"To fill with wonder" - July 19, 2001
"What a Week!" - July 13, 2001
"Why Can't Johnny Listen?" - July 5, 2001
"Was Bach Jewish?" - June 28, 2001
"The Pipe Counters" - June 21, 2001
"Getting Religion, Part 2" - June 15, 2001
"The Magic Behind the Music" - June 8, 2001
"Getting Religion" - May 31, 2001
Teacher Tribute & Downloadable Music - May 24, 2001
"Making Mary Shelley Proud!" - May 17, 2001
"Welcome to the launch of BACHorgan.com!" - May 10, 2001