Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Be Still, My Soul - Finlandia

Our newest video. Please have a look..

Monday, May 11, 2015

Hymns - A Piano Study of Meditation & Inspiration

Recently, I have been giving a reading on the background leading up to the composition of various traditional hymns each week in church, followed by playing a "piano meditation" of that piece.

I am doing this, in part, to build my catalog of potential hymns that can be featured in my performance of my History of Hymns program at YMCA of The Rockies as part of their Christian Artist Series. My performance for this series will take place at Ponder Chapel on the YMCA of the Rockies grounds in Estes Park, CO Tuesday, July 28.

This YouTube playlist is presently growing each week. Please keep checking it as it grows and listen often! Look for a recorded cd to eventually be made of these and other hymns.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Dynamite - KSE Singing Hawks Choir at Elitch Gardens

Kathryn Senor Elementary (KSE) 4th Grade Singing Hawks Choir at Elitch Gardens Contest Spring 2012 singing Dynamite under the direction of Jeff Van Devender.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Rare Picture: David Bowie and Elton John + Princess Diana and George Michael at Live Aid 1985

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tis The Season: Scenes For a Christmas and Winter Holiday Musical

Tis The Season: Scenes For a Christmas and Winter Holiday Musical These cute scenes are written to be part of a Christmas or Holiday elementary school program. Use what fits your song choices. You can add, edit, delete and/or mix up dialogue to fit those choices. Due to the current climate of many public schools, the theme is primarily secular in nature. A more religious-themed Christmas script will soon be available. No real costuming is necessary, other than to perhaps wear dress-up holiday-themed clothes or even pajamas to reflect the Christmas nature of the subject matter. This Christmas/Holiday elementary musical is available at our TeachersPayTeachers site. Here is the address/link: Christmas/Winter Holiday Musical. It is published by Alpine Road Publishing, a subsidiary of JavaMusiK. Written by Jeff Van Devender.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Elton John live & other little nuggets

BloG #52: The Shoutout From Sir Elton John Captured

You may remember me getting fairly bent out of shape a couple weeks back, alleging that Sir Elton John paid me a dedication with his final song of the evening in Denver at his Pepsi Center show September 20, 2014. I am happy to report that audio has finally been located, so you can listen and judge for yourself. The short version of the story is that Elton does indeed pay attention to what is written about him. (Scroll down a bit on my page. The complete story is still there.)

I have created a video using the audio with his dedication & snapshots from the article and comment which led to this dedication to (allegedly) ME. Is it possible, that there was another Jeff his comment was intended for? Sure. It is just hard to not believe that given the circumstances and context that this particular dedication was in fact directed at me, with perhaps a slight degree of malice intended considering it possibly was a response to a comment on a review he didn't wholly appreciate. Nevertheless, as I have said multiple times, it is his show & definitely his right & prerogative to perform how ever he sees fit. He completely made his point & proved us naysayers dead wrong!

Oh and hey Elton, if you're reading this... THANK-YOU and great show!!

Here is the audio/video link:
The dedication comes shortly after he starts playing.