Though I've been delinquent in updating the site, Outside Da Box and the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston are doing a great job by creating new videos every month to help teens understand a different element of the Catechism, and I've the honor of writing the majority of those scripts. I really loved this last one they [...]

Did you know in Hawaii that the story of "The Little Drummer Boy" is re-told as "The Little Ukelele Boy?" Probably not, because I just made that up. But if there was a story about "The Little Ukulele Boy," it would star Kyle Heimann. Kyle is the answer to the question, "Who did that amazing [...]

I don't normally do this, but sometimes you come across something too good not to share. And when it's made by people you know, that makes it even more special. Theresa and Charles Pobee-Mensah just wrote a book together called, "Bible Characters for Advent." Some of you will remember Charles because he played bass for [...]

When people ask me about my music, my usual joke is, "I'm a big fan of me. I have all my CDs." The truth is that I rarely hear my own music unless 1) my kids ask for it, or 2) it comes up on my iTunes shuffle. But there is a third category: unless [...]

Regular readers of my blog (as well as Facebook friends and Twitter followers) know that for the past two months I've been fundraising for my newest CD, "The Gospel Accordion to Bob Rice." It ended at 11:59 PM last night and the final total is $12,275—over three thousand more than I had originally asked! The [...]

This is the one "true" accordion song off the upcoming CD. What you hear is what it is (except I can play it better—it was a challenge to do a good take between napping baby, loud kids, etc!) Just a boy and his accordion, praising the Lord. The words are from Psalm 95. Those of [...]

Last week was the St. John Bosco Catechetical Conference and it was such a joy to see people from America, Canada, England, Ireland, and even Australia come together to celebrate the faith and be equipped to pass it on more effectively. Of course, the group I got to hang most with are the youth ministers, [...]

This is another instance of how the idea behind the song ended up nothing like the song itself. Believe it or not, the inspiration for this song came from wanting to write something beautiful about the liturgy. But I imagined it to be, well, more liturgical. To be clear, this song might be about the liturgy, [...]