“A Fleeting Vision”

Albumleaf 120: January 8, 2018 (Bologna)

“a silver streak showed in the looking glass”

Albumleaf 119: January 2, 2018 (Bologna)

The wind actually stirred the cloth on the chest of drawers, and let in a little light, so that the sharp edge of the chest of drawers was visible, running straight up, until a white shape bulged out; and a silver streak showed in the looking glass.

—Virginia Woolf, Jacob’s Room

“Pulse Phase”

Albumleaf 118: November 8, 2017 (Bologna)

“Daydreams and Nightchorales”

Albumleaf 117: October 27, 2017 (Bologna)

“Music for an Imaginary Montage”

Albumleaf 116: May 14, 2017 (Hampden-Sydney)

“Another Devil, Less Quiet”

Albumleaf 115: May 5, 2017 (Hampden-Sydney)

Also listen to “Quiet Devil”

“Out Looking for New Leaves”

Albumleaf 114: April 21, 2017 (Hampden-Sydney)

Getting Back to Music

The companion website for my music appreciation book is up.

Please visit and let me know what you think!

Hello After A Long While

Dear Albumleaves Listeners,

It’s been a while since I posted—far too long, in fact. Given that I’m afraid the next ‘leaf is not exactly around the corner, I thought I would post some words of explanation and reassurance.

The main reason I haven’t been posting recently is that I’ve been working on a book. Entitled Getting Back to Music: A Dialogue about Music Appreciation, the manuscript is in late-stage revision, and I’ll begin work soon on a complementary YouTube channel. I plan to propose the book to publishers within the next year. I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

I’ve also been busy composing other works and performing. My composition Wings: A Collage, for solo piccolo, was published last summer by Nourse Winds, and I’ve been performing some recitals around Virginia.

Rest assured, however, that I am hoping to begin revitalizing this site in the near future. It’s one of my life goals to compose “Albumleaf 500,” so I have no intention of stopping at 113.

All best,


“The very moon and stars are waiting just for you”

Albumleaf 113: December 4, 2015 (Hampden-Sydney)

Inspired by the children’s book “Dream Animals,” by Emily Winfield Martin