Composer/musician/teacher. Loves music, bicycles, motorcycles,
languages, crossword puzzles, NPR, comedy, movies, maps, geography,
I'm originally from Northwest Arkansas. I've lived in Baltimore for
I'm unique, just like everyone else.
What I’m doing with my life
Teaching music theory at Johns Hopkins, writing music. I guess see
above... Finishing my doctorate in music composition at The Peabody
I’m really good at
Again, crossword puzzles, making up and finishing limericks (I have
Carl Kasell's voice as my voicemail, from the "Limerick Challenge"
on Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!), trivia. Long distance bicycling,
I'm not fast, but I like touring. I have twice ridden from
Baltimore to my parents' house in Arkansas, once a southern route
and once a more northern route that also included riding to New
York first. I hope to one day cross the whole country. Snow skiing,
but not water. My older sister and her husband have nicknamed me
RIG, which stands for random information guy. Apparently I am a
fount of random dates, names, and facts. And actually I'm really
good at being overly modest. The art of motorcycle mechanics, but
The first things people usually notice about me
My beard, if I have one. When combined with my usual hat, people
often say I look like the Gorton's fisherman captain.
I usually say what's on my mind, without regard for
I'm working on calling people out for their offensive language. Not
dirty language, but impolite things.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Confucius' The Analects, Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth,
Rilke poetry, Soundings: Music in the Twentieth Century by Glenn
Watkins, Giacinto Scelsi: Viaggio al Centro del Suono, Borges,
Movies: 8 & 1/2, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shawshank
Redemption, Moon, Flame & Citron, Amelie, The Silence of the
Lambs, Coen brothers, Charlie Kaufman
Shows: Arrested Development, The X-Files, Weeds, Dexter, Law &
Order, 24, The Wire, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Pawn Stars,
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Battlestar Galactica, The Walking
Dead. No TV for ten years + Netflix... I need to add Breaking Bad
Music: Mahler, Scelsi, Berg, Nørgård, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen,
Messiaen, Lutosławski, Ligeti, Berio, Bach, Shostakovich, Sibelius.
Too many composers to list, that is, I feel like people are douche
bags when they list a ton of names to seem like they're really
smart because they know people/artists/names that other people
haven't heard of, so I'll just stop there. And then some non
classical stuff: Björk, Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Neutral Milk
Hotel, Nellie Mckay, Rilo Kiley, Kurt Weill, Fats Waller, Rainer
Maria, Arcade Fire, Tim Minchin
Food: Thai, Indian, fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, peanut
The six things I could never do without
Music, internet, boxer briefs, second computer monitor, hand
sanitizer, something to keep my mind occupied.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
finishing my degree.
On a typical Friday night I am
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Why would I include that here of all places?
I have not, nor am I likely to ever see Dirty Dancing.
You should message me if
...you're intelligent, well-educated, cute, funny, and kind.
...you know anything about the composers listed above, or the
bands. But I would be way more impressed with composer
...you agree that moustache paraphernalia and "Keep Calm and..."
signs have got to go.