Wednesday, May 24, 2006


Here are this week's Tonight Show Headlines.

A couple of my favorites this week.

Posted by Eric at 10:32 PM

Friday, May 19, 2006


Here are this week's Tonight Show Headlines.

A couple of my favorites this week.

Posted by Eric at 10:30 PM

Thursday, May 18, 2006


Today is graduation day. Most people only have to go to a few graduations: theirs, maybe their family and friends but that is it. As a professor in academic, I have to go to one every year. Now add on to the fact that I am a musician. And since musicians play at graduation, I have been to a lot including 3 during high school (I sang in the choir in high school and we sang at every graduation).

At Galveston College the graduation day begins with a breakfast with all the graduates. Then rehearsal. This year they had a baby grand shipped to the convention center for me to play on during graduation. So while they practiced, so did I.

This evening, the actual graduation began. I played Pompous and Boring while the graduates processed in. Then my choir sang a gospel song, Soon I will be done with the troubles of the world. It seems appropriate. I wore my masters robe with the hood I received at my graduation. Thus ending another school year of students, teaching and music fun.

Posted by Eric at 11:08 PM

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Lunch Time

Today I was invited to the BBS (Building Bridges for success) banquet at Guidos. It was a nice buffet with shrimp, chicken and fish. And for dessert was a chocolate cake with pecans on top. Yum.

Posted by Eric at 10:34 PM

Saturday, May 13, 2006

A Step into the Past

Since Jennifer is on the island today, I decided to use my free tickets and take her to some of the Historical Homes in Galveston. The 1st was Ashton Villa. What a great house. I had seen it before with Mom when I 1st moved here but it is still incredible to see. It was the 1st time Jennifer had seen the house. The advantage about this tour is that we got to walk into the rooms and see the pictures and furniture up close.
Another Ashton Villa Link.

Next was Samuel May Williams Home. A smaller house but one of the oldest in Galveston.
Another Samuel May Williams Home Link.

The last was the Texas Seaport Museum and the tall ship Elissa. What an amazing ship. We walked on the ship and also got to see the captain and crews' quarters.
Another Elissa and Museum Link.

We then got a drink at Fisherman's Wharf. What a great day.

Posted by Eric at 10:08 PM

Friday, May 12, 2006

Music from the Island

This year The Spring Concert had a new addition. It was the 1st performance of the Island Steel Drum Band.

The concert began with 3 pieces.
* Coral Reef Song - Brad Shores
* Island Echo - Brad Shores
* Steeling the Blues - Brad Shores

The concert then continued with the choir.

The title of this years spring concert was Music in Couples. Each piece was paired with another piece.
The 1st couple was a pair of sacred pieces.
* Consecrate the Place and Day - Lloyd Pfautsh
* David's Lamentation - William Billings

The next couple were a pair of pieces from other countries.
* From Israel: Erev Shel Shoshanim - arranged by Jack Klebanow
* From Romania: Chindia - Alexandru Pascanu

The next couple were a pair of comical pieces.
* Feller from Fortune - arranged by Harry Somers
* Bagels and Biscuits - Theodore Lucas

The next couple were pieces that combined 2 songs in one piece. One song, a barbershop, is combined with a love song. These are from the musical "Music Man."
* Lida Rose and Will I Ever Tell You - Meredith Willson
* Pick a Little, Talk a Little and Good Night Ladies - Meredith Willson

Then after intermission was a couple of pieces from the Romantic Period.
* Neighbors' Chorus - Jacques Offenbach
* How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place - Johannes Brahms

Then next couple were pieces that make you want to go "aw."
* The Lamb - Ken Neufeld
* Sleep - Ivor Gurney

Then was a couple of Love Songs from the musical "Music Man."
* Till There was You - Meredith Willson
* Goodnight, My Someone - Meredith Willson

The last couple of the evening was a pair of gospels.
* Soon As Will Be Done - William L. Dawson
* Goin' Up to Glory - Andre J. Thomas

It was a great concert. I had a nice amount people in the audience, the choir sounded good, the steel band sounded good and I had a lot of fun. I think it was my best concert at Galveston College.

Posted by Eric at 11:46 PM

Wednesday, May 10, 2006


Here are this week's Tonight Show Headlines.

A couple of my favorites this week.

Posted by Eric at 10:20 PM

Saturday, May 6, 2006

The Planets

Jennifer and I went to eat at Birraporetti's which is always very good and then went to the Houston Symphony. The concert began with Solaris by Estacio. A really nice piece about the Sun. Then the Double Bass Concerto by John Harbison. Nice piece and had some nice parts but the sound of a double bass does not have as interesting of a sound to last as a solo instrument for a 20 minute piece. Then after intermission was The Planets by Gustov Holst. I think I have only heard The Planets one other time. I never get tired of hearing this piece, especially live. The performance included a film showing images of the planets. It was a mix of real and computer generated images. I understand the computer images showing voyager pass by a planet but not other things. I wanted to see all or almost most all real images of the planets and their moons. So I watched the orchestra more.

It was the best concert that I have seen in along time and the best we have been to at the Houston Symphony.

Posted by Eric at 11:24 PM

Wednesday, May 3, 2006


Here are this week's Tonight Show Headlines.

A couple of my favorites this week.

Posted by Eric at 10:36 PM