• National Anthems

    More than Just a Song

    The Star Spangled Banner is truly our song. Whenever Americans gather for public and/or important events, the song unites the participants and focuses attention to the beginning. But when you look deeper, you realize that the song about our flag means a whole lot more. When I worked at HCA (Hospital Corporation of America), the company always held an annual…

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    Publicity 4 the Cubs: The Tennessean

    Musical ministry carries Bellevue man from cathedrals to Cubs game Published in The Tennessean – October 6, 2004 Bellevue – With pitch pipe in hand, Bellevue resident Chris Fenoglio stepped onto Wrigley Field. At first, he was completely calm, he said. “Then I felt the jitters, the nervous butterflies.” Then Fenoglio began singing the national anthem, fulfilling a dream at the…

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    That Nashville Sound (System)

    My introduction to singing for professional baseball came with the Nashville Sounds, our minor league team with a long history of AA and AAA affiliations. At present they are the AAA Brewers holding down 1st place in the American Southern division of the Pacific Coast League. In recent years the Sounds have held a one-day tryout for everyone interested in singing…

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    The First Time

    The first time I ever sang the Star Spangled Banner as a soloist was at a Little League game in Bellevue. It think it was the end of the season, perhaps the playoffs, so Terry wanted to do something out of the ordinary. Umpire and friend Dean Riordan recommended me for the task. I was happy to oblige. I climbed the…

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    When a Tree Falls

    A Parable about Parenting This large hackberry tree fell in our backyard soon after the Great Divide in the summer of 2012. Its large, massive trunk and main branch toppled overnight after steady rain softened the surrounding soil. We awoke that morning to discover our backyard had forever changed; no longer would it be the same open landscape where our…

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    Footprints in the sand

    I know many have read a version of “Footprints in the Sand,” in which a walker looks back at his journey with God. The two sets of footprints are evidence that the walker did his best to spend his life walking beside God. When he looks back and sees only one set of footprints, the walker asks God when that…