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A website dedicated to building a community of people who love the pipe organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach


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!, April 1, 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. 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 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...)