• highway to hell

    February 29, 2012

    S o m e t i m e s, on those long strange endless winter nights, when I find myself slipping in and out of a relentlessly restless sleep – this feeling of unease creeps across my consciousness like a stray shadow, a black cloud of foreboding. I’m not sure why. It could be that… [ read more ]

  • when you’re feeling blue

    February 19, 2012

    41 years ago this month, I had my first opportunity to create music with a full blown orchestra. My sister Mary and I were recording an album project for Chicago-based record label Sunlight Records. It was 1971 – a time when musical experimentation was in full fashion – and producer Peter Wright envisioned dressing our… [ read more ]

  • the words are alive

    February 8, 2012

    I was a fourteen year old ninth grader at Holy Cross Seminary on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. My English teacher, Fr. Corcoran, gave us an assignment to write a paper explicating a poem written by 19th century Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins called “The Windhover.” Even though I had a passing… [ read more ]