Spark & Echo is excited to welcome cellist Mike Block to the project. If you don’t know his work, you should. Mike was inspired by several passages (listed below) and the theme of Fools to write this song.


Listen to “Surplus of Words”
by Mike Block: 

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From the Artist:

I tried to write a song with characters who are both partly-wise and partly-foolish.
The singer’s character is following many Biblical directions to avoid folly, except
for being “quick to anger”, and calling someone else a “fool.” The character being
accused as a fool is definitely a liar, although he wisely doesn’t say too much.


The following Bible passages were ones that found there way into the song:


Ecclesiastes 10:14 A fool also is full of words.


Proverbs 10:18 He that uttereth a slander, is a fool.


Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his
lips, he is deemed intelligent


James 1:19-20 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.


Proverbs 14:29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.


Ecclesiastes 7:9 Be not hasty in your spirit to be angry: for anger rests in the bosom of fools.


Matthew 5:22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.”




HAILED BY YO-YO MA as the “ideal musician of the 21st Century”, Mike Block is a pioneering multi-style cellist, composer, and educator living in Boston. While still studying at the Juilliard School, Mike joined Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and shortly thereafter also joined Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz Trio, which he played in for over three years. Mike has also toured extensively with Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings and The Knights orchestra.

HIS MOST RECENT ALBUM of original songs, Brick by Brick, features music he wrote and recorded while missing nine teeth, as the result of a traffic accident. In 2011, Mike released Naive Melody, an instrumental folk album with The Triborough Trio, and in 2009 and 2010, released two albums of original music with The Mike Block Band: Words R Words (songs), and After the Factory Closes (instrumental).

MIKE HAS PERFORMED on “Late Night with Conan O’Brian”, “Regis and Kelly”, NBC’s 30 Rock, NPR’s “St. Paul Sunday Morning”, WNYC’s “Soundcheck”, APM’s “Performance Today”, WNBC 4’s Chuck Scarborough Show, VH1, The Disney Channel, and the CBS “Early Show”. Mike regularly subbed as on-stage cellist in the Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway Musical, “Next to Normal”, and he also worked with the director of the 2012 film, “A Late Quartet”, as a Music Consultant. Mike was the subject of a 2011 feature article in the Wall Street Journal for his Artistic Directorship of the GALA BROOKLYN Music Festival, and was reviewed by the NY times as having “vital, rich-hued solo playing”.

MIKE RECEIVED THE 2004 JIM HALL PRIZE FOR UNDERGRADUATE ACHIEVEMENT at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied cello with Richard Aaron. Mike also earned a Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Darret Adkins and Joel Krosnick. These days, Mike proudly uses a cello from the Wayne Burak Shop, as well as D’Addario strings, and a David Gage Realist Pick-up.


This work was curated by Jonathon Roberts.

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