Mar 20 2009

About us

harmonicminer @ 8:58 am

I’m Phil Shackleton (also known as harmonicminer), a composer/arranger of music, professor of music, and generally curious person. The name of the blog (and my handle, harmonicminer) is a bit of a joke, because I don’t think the “harmonic minor scale” is a very good explanation for most minor mode music. Plus, every musician who knows me is aware that I’m always searching for new (to me) harmonies. So: harmonicminer.

Generally, I come from the “center-right” in the political/social spectrum. You would know that after reading a few posts, so I’m up front about it. I do try to be reasonable, fair, and accurate in my use of sources, and I try to be rational in where I let them lead me. You can comment on my failures at that, if you wish.

My interests include music, politics, religion, theology, philosophy, science, space travel, economics and quite a bit else.

Comments are welcome, but moderated. Leaving a comment up doesn’t mean I agree with it, just that I don’t think it’s obscene.

You can email me at:



David Beatty writes under the byline “amuzikman.” He is a musician and educator. A San Francisco native he has spent most of his life in Southern California where he now resides with his wife of 27 years and three grown children. After 22 years as a freelance studio musician he now devotes most of his energies to his current faculty position where he serves as Director of the Commercial Music Program. He is a fellow of no institute, his writings have appeared in no magazines, and he can be heard on no radio programs at this time.

Mr. Beatty can be reached by email at

5 Responses to “About us”

  1. Steve Manning says:

    I know actual celebrities and members of the media!!!! You guys are my heroes!! Keep it up.

  2. James Willis says:

    Dave, I really like your bio.

  3. David Carver says:

    Chris Russell introduced me to this site. I’m very impressed by your bio. Every other year in our Discovery class at Lake Avenue Church, we do a two week study in church history — far too little to really learn much, but it’s much more than most believers are aware of! Everything I’ve read of yours is very thoughtful and knowledgeable. Keep up the good work.

  4. M. Stone says:

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  5. Dave Orts says:

    Wonderful work gentlemen, may the Lord keep you and continue to anoint you for all the blessings He has designed for you. I would be very interested in having one or both of you on as guests for my broadcast on

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