First and foremost, I'm a Christian and a songwriter....I wrote the words and music to all of the songs on this website. Yes, I'm happy to sit at a piano and sing my songs as special music in churches, or at weddings, or at pro-life or patriotic events. But I do that only because they are opportunities to share the messages of my songs; my preference is that my songs be performed by other vocalists and musicians.
My latest song, "Love's Purest Light," was sung by Rose Schlegel in the July 31, 2016 worship services at New Life Bible Fellowship Church in Oley, PA, accompanied by me on the piano. Sorry for the little blip about 25 seconds into the recording - don't know what happened!
The title song from my musical "Keep Christ In Christmas" is a reminder to not let the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season distract us from the real meaning of Christmas. Each year we're still eating Thanksgiving leftovers when retailers start their Christmas selling season, when shoppers go crazy at "Black Friday" sales trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on their list, when people wait in long lines at post offices to ship packages to loved ones, when radio stations flood the air with familiar Christmas carols.....and on and on and on. We must make a conscious effort to "Keep Christ In Christmas."
Over the years, I have sung "Keep Christ In Christmas" at many churches, and in 2014 I wrote a musical and directed based on the song - it was my third Christmas musical ("Two Thousand Years Ago" and "You've Got A Friend In Bethlehem" are the others). A video of the December 19, 2014 production at New Life Bible Fellowship Church in Oley, PA is on the Musical: "Keep Christ In Christmas" page of this website.
This musical introduced the "Keep Christ In Christmas" Commitment Card, a useful tool that lists Bible verses about the birth of Jesus for reading and study, or for use in daily devotions. If you would like to view and print a Commitment Card for your personal use, please visit the Musical: "Keep Christ In Christmas" page of this website.
You can listen to many of my songs here on this website, and iTunes and YouTube. If you need an accompaniment track or sheet music or licensing for recording or public performances, submit a Contact request and I will get back to you.
All of my songs reflect my strong Christian values - that's who I am, and that's what I live and write. Each song is a story or theme set to music; the lyrics tell the story, and the music creates the mood, and supports and enhances the message of the lyrics. Each of my 200 plus songs falls into one or more of these four basic categories: Christian Songs, Patriotic Songs, Love Songs (including wedding and reception songs) and Story Songs.
Many songs are in multiple categories; an example is "One Nation Under God" - the song is a patriot's answer to those misguided people who want to remove the phrase "one nation, under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. It's a patriotic song, but it's also a Christian song in that the lyrics praise God that our founding fathers made "freedom of worship" the very first freedom in the first amendment to the Bill of Rights. And "One Nation Under God" is also a story song in that it reminisces about students standing beside their desks and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and also describes weeping mourners at funerals where the American flag is draped over the casket of soldiers that were killed in combat.
In addition to Christian, patriotic, love and story songs, I have also written three Christmas musicals: "Two Thousand Years Ago," "Keep Christ In Christmas" and a children's musical, "You've Got A Friend In Bethlehem." See the Christian Musicals page of this website for a synopsis of each.
I love to hear talented singers and musicians perform my songs, and for the message of my music to reach as many people as possible. If you need an accompaniment track, sheet music, or a script from one of my musicals, or licensing for recording or public performances, submit a Contact request and I will get back to you.
Writing is my passion, not marketing (or playing or singing). I am currently self-published and own the copyrights to all my material, and I am seeking a publishing contract that would include my entire catalog plus my future work. I welcome "Contact" requests from publishers, producers, artists and others in music marketing, administration and distribution.