Compline at St. Marks Cathedral

Every Sunday night at 9:30, Seattle’s St. Marks Cathedral hosts compline. For those not versed in Anglican church history, compline is sung evening prayer, harkening back to monastic traditions. They’ve been performing this weekly for decades. It was compline that attracted me to the Episcopal church. After attending the service for several months, a friend Read More …

It’s Labor Day Weekend: Time For Bumbershoot And Prepping For Autumn 

For many folks Labor Day weekend with temps in the mid to upper 80s is glorious. Week, not for me. This Seattleite find such temperatures abhorrent.  Now, I like the sun. Though the brown grass saddens me. Seattle is the Emerald City, not the Kinda Brown City. Our famous misty rains are what keep our Read More …

Google, Music, Spotify and Being Behind Knowledge-Wise

So, my family watched quite a bit of YouTube. Everything from Rick Steves to vloggers to geek stuff. I’ve learned so much more about the extended Star Wars universe than I ever thought possible. I consider myself a great master of Jedi lore and wisdom, until YouTubers instilled great humility in me.  Seemed a good Read More …

A new band to me: Fell From A Star

My friend Anna, over at Anna’s Transformation mentioned a band, Fell From A Star in her recent post. I listened to their song Made of Diamonds, which I think is pretty good. Love the vocals along with the harmonic blend. If you have Spotify, you can stream their album Made of Diamonds, which I’m doing now. They’re Read More …

Summer Is Coming for Edmonds Own Steel Magic Northwest

This evening was Steel Magic Northwest’s “Here Comes Summer” concert, held at Edmonds Seventh Day Adventist church.  I’ve written about them before, after I saw their holiday concert. This steel drum ensemble is just amazing! Tonight’s concert was simply brilliant. An amazing amount of sound comes through these guys, and clear, crisp, wonderful sound! As Read More …

Memorial Day, 2017

An amazing weekend. First, perfect weather. Which seems to turn off tomorrow. Giving a more divine feeling to the holiday weekend. Also, though we had plenty of activity, we were able to get quite a bit done around the house.  Saturday and Sunday were filled with concert preparation and performance in my church, Trinity Lutheran Church by Read More …

A Night With SteelMagic

Tonight I was lucky enough to hear the premier performance of Steel Magic Northwest. Started at my son’s school, it’s grown significantly. They’re now a full-fledged 501c3 nonprofit. It’s been a fun ride watching them grow.  Steel Magic is an Edmond/Lynnwood based steel drum group. The music this evening was quite the blend of styles and Read More …

Community Radio

I’m a community radio junkie. One of my favorites growing up with KNHC, aka C89 FM. They’ve won several awards, including Best Dance Station. To me, that’s a huge deal since this local, student run (high-school students at that) community station beat out major national players. Almost daily I listen to KEXP. John in the Read More …

Some thoughts on the current state of the Streaming Music Business

Earlier today I read this piece from my friends at Geekwire: “Music service Rhapsody posts record $35M net loss even as revenues climb to $202M“. I’m not simply concerned about a long-standing Seattle tech company struggling, but also that entities like Spotify are also bleeding cash to keep their market share. The losses are not Read More …

An Evening With Aaron Strumpel At Trinity Lutheran

I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with Aaron before, so it was really a delight to see him perform again. The tranquility his music elicits calms me, settling my brain into a contemplative place, connecting me with the divine. Below is one of the pieces performed this evening. When you have the chance to Read More …