Mark's Blog

The Origins of John Lennon's "Because"

This is an essay I wrote in 2005 when I realized nobody else had noticed the striking similarity of the Beatle’s song Because and Chopin’s Fantaisie Impromptu.  Here is my theory, displayed for all the world.

Vocal Ranges in Hymns

This is an in-depth analysis of vocal ranges in the LDS Hymnal, including highest and lowest notes, widest and narrowest ranges and average ranges, as well as other technical trivia of interest to singers and especially composers. I have also made the master table available for you to play with.

Inside Professor Vinnicombe's Citizen Band

This essay is a personal labour of love. My great grandfather, Albert Mitchell, played cornet in a well polished community orchestra in Charlottetown, PEI, led by one of the few professional musicians in the city at the time, Henry Vinnicombe. 
 
I have in my studio a portrait of the orchestra that has always intrigued me, and so I have researched the activities of the orchestra and found background on each of the sixteen members, including many pictures, references and links.
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