Practicing (04-09-2020)

I was doing some practicing earlier today and decided to hit record on my video camera. I am running through songs I haven’t played through in awhile. Songs include:

Scarborough Fair (0:51), A Lighter Shade of Blue (3:34), House of the Rising Sun (5:00), A Joyful Noise (9:34) and Lagrima (14:03)

Enjoy the good, bad, and ugly!!


Abana in Heaven for Erhu and Guitar

Abana alathi fi ssama/Abana in Heaven is a beautiful piece of music by Laila Constantine. In this recording I am playing with my friend, Tsun-Hui Hung. She recorded her part in Hawaii and I recorded my part in Michigan and then combined the two performances. Here are the lyrics…

Abana in heaven

Hallowed be Your holy name

Your kingdom come

Your will be done

In all the earth as in heaven

Your kingdom come

Your will be done

In all the earth as in heaven

And give to us give us this day

Our daily bread

O Lord we pray

Forgive our sins as we forgive those

Who have sinned against us

And save us in time of trial

Deliver us from evil

Yours is the kingdom Yours the power

Yours is the glory now and forever

Abana in heaven Amen

Magnificent Mountain for Mandolin Orchestra

Magnificent Mountain for Mandolin Orchestra by Rob Lunn

This is the world premiere performance by the En Masse Orchestra led by Jim Bates at the Classical Mandolin Society’s national convention. The performance took place at the Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois on October 12, 2019.

I had a ton of fun at this conference. I enjoyed meeting people, doing workshops and working with the orchestra. The score/parts is available at my website

The piece was inspired by a trip I made to the Smoky Mountains last June (2019). One day my son and I drove up into the mountains and it was amazing to me see how the landscape changed. At times, when the fog was heavy, it was very mysterious. At other times, when the sun was shinning it was very magnificent. I tried to covey those feelings in this piece. The instrumentation is: mandolin 1, mandolin 2, mandola, mandocello, classical guitar, and double bass.

Here are a few pics from the conference:

Speaking about the piece before it was performed.
Giving a workshop on recording