I will be available as an organist or pianist in Connecticut from mid-October through April. During May through October, I will be available in Maine as an organist or pianist.
A sampler of Richard's recordings with some scores for sale!
Winter Nite composed by Jack O'Brien played by Richard
You Just Can't Say composed by Jack O'Brien played by Richard
Brahms Prelude in A minor (synthesizer version)
Laid Back Summer Day just jamming by myself while in the woods of Fayette, Maine (2010)
Conversation in the Woods (September 2016)
John O'Brien (Jack, or Obie) was Liz's uncle, and he was a well known jazz pianist starting at the earliest days of the genre (early 1920s). Jack continued to play for several decades. He befriended the Harlam stride pianist Willie "the Lion" Smith, from whom he learned much about jazz piano style. I am indebted for Jack's love, and for all that he passed on to me, some of which I have now passed on to my students in various ways.
Jack recorded in Germany in the late 1920s:
More Jack (family) recordings:
Concordia Lutheran Church Windows
Several people have asked me about the windows at Concordia Lutheran Church, after remarking on them after services. So, I am posting a copy of the document that describes them in detail.
I always enjoyed seeing the light come in at different angles during the days and over the seasons. I notice that the dedication to the windows starts with the text:
“How lovely is thy dwelling place, 0 Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, yea, faints for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.”
We sang Johannes Brahms’ setting of that text from his German Requiem at the recent commerative vespers service.