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Americana

A few months ago, I accompanied my wife to Detroit. She attended training for a new job while I stayed behind as a “hotel husband.” Since I had only a bass to work out my musical ideas, I gravitated toward … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Delusion

I’ve been reading Faith, Hope, and Carnage by Nick Cave. I highly recommend it. In a series of interviews with Se├ín O’Hagan, Cave discusses his artistic process, the death of his son, and the way his faith has changed and … Continue reading

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Charlotte

One of the keys to composing is filling a need. Break up songs? Dime a dozen. Songs about Toothpaste? There’s plenty of room there for newcomers. Settings of Psalm 23? Yours needs to be better than the hundreds of well-loved … Continue reading

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Sehnsucht

“Sehnsucht,” is the German word for “longing.” It connotes more than a garden variety longing, though. It carries the deeper sense of longing for something that is out of reach or a longing that can’t even be put into words. … Continue reading

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Hotel Husband

Here we are, starting the year off right with a new song! I was away in Detroit with my wife this week. She was training for a new job, so we decided it would be fun to work during the … Continue reading

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Stollen Moments

Sometimes a great title is just too good to resist.* In this case, my wife and I drove past a billboard that mentioned Stollen, the German answer to fruitcake, and I immediately knew I was destined to compose a jazz … Continue reading

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Once in Royal David’s City Live at Baylor University

One of the great joys of composing is when a fine musician performs one of my pieces in a way that really makes it come alive. In the case of this recording, there were three fine musicians: Hunter Morris on … Continue reading

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Night and DayQuil

A few weeks ago I had a cold that kept me down for nearly two weeks. It was so bad that I even canceled a gig! I never cancel a gig. I was downing DayQuil and NyQuil faster than a … Continue reading

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Don’t Take Me for Grant, Ed

One friend describes me thusly: “Not as funny as he thinks he is.” Perhaps. But I totally crack myself up. The latest iteration of “Greg Scheer, comedian for an audience of one,” is the name of my latest jazz tune: … Continue reading

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Mysterious Lee

Last night’s new tune is a vibey, vampy tune that’s great for improvising. That’s the thing about jazz: it’s not just about writing a catchy tune; a jazz tune is also a launching pad for soloing. You can have a … Continue reading

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