Archive | June, 2014

The Rite of Spring

The Rite of Spring

“These are some of the most revolutionary notes in the whole history of music, the climax of the sacrificial dance of the “Rite of Spring.” So begins Michael Tilson Thomas’ and the San Franscicso Orchestra’s “Keeping Score”, an hour long film about this piece. Most people tend to forget that the “Rite of Spring” is […]

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Ultra Violet: Art & Amusement

At the American Acadamy of Arts & Letters Exhibitin on March 4th 2014, there was a curious chirping sound that was wandering through the rooms. People were crinkling their noses and cocking their heads to the side like confused puppies do at the strange sound that was echoing off the walls. Had an unusually loud […]

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McMurtry: Petitions


A while back a dear friend of mine, who is a baritone in a local choir, excitedly came to me with a request that went something like this: “I have found the most beautiful text. It is from the New Zealand Prayer Book. It would be great if you could set it to music.” Its […]

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Has Music Become Too Cheap?

If you listen to music of any genre, in any form, via any medium, please consider the following… We are 6 months into 2014 so these 2013 statistics hardly constitute breaking news, but they do convey a trend that is literally “breaking” the working musician and will have a profound impact on the future of […]

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Sinai Mass

The 4-track Album and Full Score are available to download for FreePlease consider supporting the work of Refinersfire by paying what you’d like or by making a contribution below       The “Sinai Mass” is intended to be sung by the parish congregation and the important words there are “mass”, “congregation” and “sung.” This is not […]

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Bonnaroo Day 2 & 3

Bonnaroo is a marathon not a sprint! This comment was barked at me yesterday from the “What Stage”, and now that I am about to complete the four day festival, I agree. Dehydration? Check. Muscle cramps? Check. Great/Surprise performances? Check and Check. Day 2 12:30~ St. Paul & The Broken Bones 2:30~ Dr. Dog 3:30~ […]

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Bonnaroo Day 1

Questions that popped into my head during my first 15 minutes at my first Bonnaroo. 1. Is it going to rain today? 2. How many people die every year from dehydration/drug use? 3. I wonder how many babies are conceived here.  4. Do you think Alex Turner is going to walk around and see some […]

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