Category Archives: Economics

Service, Yes. “Customer Service,” No.

A favorite expression of mine over the past several years has been that “music is a service profession.” I first introduced this idea in seed form in a very early post on this blog, and it is part of the … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Education, Higher Education, Professional Organizations, Teaching Low Brass

Why Private Schools are “Cheaper”

As I mentioned in a recent post offering some tongue-in-cheek remarks on the educational system, my wife and I have enrolled our son in a private Christian school, where she also works as a part-time music teacher. I believe that … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Education, Economics, Education, J. Gresham Machen, Politics, Teachers

Statism and Libertarianism Both Fail…and for the Same Reason

What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Worldview, Economics, Education, History, News and Commentary, Political Systems, Politics, Practical Christianity, Reading and Study, The Future, Theology

Changing my Tune Regarding “Sino-Tuben”

When I was a student, and even well into my professional career, it was considered axiomatic that musical instruments manufactured in China were of low quality, made of inferior materials, suffered from limited availability of compatible repair parts, and were … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Economics, Euphonium, Musical Instrument Manufacturers, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

Fourteen New Year’s Ruminations for 2014

In the nearly eighteen months that I have been “blogging” I have already discovered that an occasional break from my weekly writing schedule is necessary and helpful. Indeed, this post comes in the middle of a “scheduled but unannounced” hiatus … Continue reading

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Don’t Worry About the Future: An Unexpected Reminder from Our Antebellum Past

Let me begin today by confessing something to you, dear reader. I am a worrier. A first-class, almost constant worrier. Terribly so. Sinfully so. Perhaps that last adverb surprised you. “Sinfully? Sinfully? You mean you sin by worrying?” Yep, that’s … Continue reading

Posted in Civil War, Economics, History, Practical Christianity, The Future, Theology, Worry