Daily Archives: July 29, 2008

Sad duties at work

One of our long-serving Webster music professors died this weekend, quite unexpectedly.

Last evening, I undertook phone calls to faculty members to tell them the sad words of loss and confusion.  The mood in the building today was somber, with several of my colleagues noting that they were having a tough time just believing that he was gone.

I’ve not had to deal with this kind of shock to the faculty system before.  This was certainly not what I expected for my second month at Webster.  But . . . we will cope, we will march on, we will keep teaching and making music.  We will indeed, because this is what we do, and this is circle of life.

May Earl’s soul, and the souls of all our faithful departed . . . friends, family, neighbors, companions on the journey . . . rest in peace.

GMC board

The Saint Louis Gateway Men’s Chorus board met tonight for a long session to devise the budget blueprint for 2008-09.  We made good progress! 

After the meeting, I insisted on a photo of the board.  From the left: me, Dick Woodhouse, Bryan Buck, Joe Nelson, Kevin Johnson, Larry Mayhew, Dave Walser (who’s known me for 30 years now).


On the banks of the Missisippi in Hannibal.

With H in this weekend, I’ve had minimal time to write, and, truthfully, no need to blog since I wanted to spend time with a dear friend.

This week I’ll recount my visit to the Muny, cover H’s visit, tell some news from work, catch up on the men’s chorus, and write about my great-aunt Esther.

Here’s a shot from Hannibal yesterday, as I’m pondering the Mississippi: