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I filed my 2018 taxes yesterday.

And I owe the federal government more than $2200.

This is the first time in years that I’ve owed.  Some factors: 1099 income from Circus Harmony and from Variety Children’s Charity.  And pension distributions from my father’s estate, but that chunk had a huge piece of tax withheld.

I can’t help but think that the middle-class tax reform so widely proclaimed by the previous Congress might have had something to do with this.

My 1099 income shouldn’t have kicked the taxes up that much!


Talk is Cheap

I completed this evening, after four days of off-and-on on it, my latest choral work.

Jeffery Thyer has asked me to compose a work for his chorus in New York City, to be performed on April 15, Tax Day.  The theme of every work on that concert is money, in some form or another.

So, I have with Jeff’s approval chosen several sayings about money, taxes, expense, and the like, and set them for unaccompanied chorus.

These are silly little ditties, intended to provoke a laugh, or at least a chuckle.  Buried in the midst of the brief pieces are quotations from the Marseilles and Yankee Doodle and the National Anthem, and one work pays homage to Chopin’s E minor prelude.  Cute and silly — those are the right words.

I’ll get them into Finale in the next few days and have them off to Jeff soon enough.  Then I’m going to shop them around here and see if anyone wants to nibble on them for a high school concert.

Here’s a shot of me with Jeffery in Grand Rapids some years ago:Jeffery Thyer and me.