Life According to Piano


Since I blogged about Topaz the piece and Topaz the cassette earlier, I thought I’d archive where all the pieces from Topaz the cassette have ended up on my various CDs. I’ve linked to the pages where you will find their liner notes.

Also, now that I look at the complete cover for Topaz the cassette, I see that there is yet one piece to re-release. And I should have put it on Drivin’!  AARRRRGGHHHH

Anyway, here they are, in their order on Topaz the cassette:

Spare ChangeDrivin’!

Lazy KDrivin’!

What the Stars Saw on the PrairieA Handfull of Quietness

Nostalgia for Up = Wings on the BreezeUnder the Greenwood Tree

It’s Liquid, Tho’Drivin’!


Topaz 1

The photo we used on the original run of Topaz cassettes. (I was just a baby!)

Topaz photo

The photo we used on the cover of the second run of Topaz cassettes. Because, as you can see from the list above, it was mostly a lively bunch of music!

A little piece about forgiveness

Once upon a time, I was the music director for a theater company in a smallish town in Iowa.

And, one spring, the artistic director and I were … umm… let’s say I was worried about what was happening in the rehearsal process of one of the productions (which I was experiencing as an actor, which we can all forget about now since I’m no kind of actor at all).

And he brushed off my worries, and then a few weeks later (the entirely predictable) disaster happened and the show wasn’t ready to open. Which was decided by the artistic director … after the dress rehearsal. About 18 hours before the intended opening night.


I was SO angry at him for what we in the cast went through to get that show up.

He didn’t acknowledge that I had warned him several weeks in advance and therefore it might have been possible to avert disaster; I didn’t forgive him for ignoring my warnings.

That show had a shortened run, and we were already preparing the next show, for which I was writing some incidental music.

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