Artistic – Worshipful – Accessible

These three words describe the Shaw Music catalog: Artistic – Worshipful – Accessible. Here’s what they mean to me… I work hard to make sure my music is Artistic. I’ve studied counterpoint, harmony, and form extensively, and those years of study shape how I write. But...

Pursue Excellence, Not Perfection

I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business. (Michael J. Fox) The snare of perfectionism Musicians of all ages and skill-levels often face stressful situations: lessons, auditions, performances,...

A Word of Thanks to a Former Teacher

I have had many teachers throughout my life, but the one who looms largest in my mind is my first piano teacher, a quiet, elegant woman who lives simply and is, like many artists, frequently misunderstood (some might even say “eccentric”). Like countless people around...

Why Christians Sing Communally

In an article that appeared online in The Atlantic (March 28, 2012), Karen Loew notes the only time most Americans sing communally is during a baseball game’s seventh-inning stretch when the crowd stands and sings “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” (Red Sox fans, of...