Here are some original songs, in a number of different musical genres.
You can find my jazz music on the discography page and theater music and choir/orchestral/chamber music on their
The song "Blue Horse Opus" won first place in the jazz category in the 2007 International Composer's
Guild Composition Contest. It features San Francisco Bay area vocalist Joyce Pricco.
country and western
These two pieces are taken from a song-cyle commission I received
some time ago, asking me to put music to some of Tagore's poetry--a wonderful undertaking.
This is a song written about an elderly Italian gentleman I encountered on a gig not too long ago. It's a true story, based on what I observed that afternoon.
This song, "Reny the rat", won the first place prize at the 2008 International Composer's Guild Composition Contest
in the "children's song" category.
Here are a few pieces (of many) I have composed in the electronic music genre.
Symphony #1, 2nd mvmt.
Novelty / Humor
This song is from a show never completed called "Sorebutt Mountain".
Here are a few unique arrangements of some old classics.
This is my arrangement of the beautiful Leonard Cohen song.
This is my arrangement of the old Gershwin classic "It ain't necessarily so" from Porgy and Bess.
This is a live recording of Bach Musica with the John Mackay trio at Trinity Church in Auckland.
All of the words for these songs are taken from the Work of the Spiritual Adept Adi Da Samraj (1939-2008). This first piece is Adi Da's Universal World-Prayer and features three vocalists, Mel McMurrin, Megan Anderson and Katharine Deboer.
"When I Know the Truth" is taken from a poem by Adi Da Samraj, included in a collection of His poetry entitled 'Crazy Da Must Sing, Inclined to His Weaker Side'.
"Beloved I Am Here" features a five voice choir, recorded live at the island of Naitauba in Fiji.