marcos ortiz | the ramblings of a writer and musician.


Bravery is fear wrestled to the ground.

“By You I can crush a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.”  Psalm 18:29 (NRSV)

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Oh, the Bliss of this Glorious Thought

I sometimes wonder how Jesus intends to stop me from hugging Him all the time in heaven?  Then again, I reckon He has no such plans.

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Beethoven to Ortiz
I took piano lessons from Findlay Cockrell while I was at university.  Cockrell studied piano under Eduard Steuermann at Juilliard in the 1960s.  Steuermann studied piano with Ferruccio Busoni in Berlin in the early 20th century.  In Leipzig, in 1886, Busoni studied with Carl Reinecke.  Years earlier in Leipzig in the 1840s, Reinecke had studied under Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann and Franz Liszt!  Liszt received piano lessons from Carl Czerny in Vienna, circa 1820.  Liszt was nine years old and would become Czerny’s most well known student.  In his own youth, Czerny was one of Ludwig Van Beethoven‘s few pupils.  Czerny began playing piano at age three and composing at age seven.  He soon began performing piano recitals in his parents’ home.  Beethoven, attending one of those recitals in 1801, was so impressed with Czerny’s performance of his Pathétique sonata that he started teaching the 10 year old as a student.

Beethoven – Czerny – Liszt – Reinecke – Busoni – Steuermann – Cockrell – Ortiz.

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Starting for the Mets

I never made it to the majors.  They place a great emphasis on things like talent and ability.

© 2012 Marcos Ortiz

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How did God touch your life while you were in college?

A hollowness of friendship was one of the first feelings I had during my freshman year at the State University of New York in Albany.  Gone was the security blanket of kids I’d grown up with.  The people who had always been there by my side had been scattered across the nation to see what they could make of themselves.

In this time of loss and abandon, God helped me to learn that Jesus is the only constant in life.  Those whom you think the Lord would never take away from you may not be there tomorrow.  However, there is nothing to fear but rather much to rejoice in as Jesus is our sole and steady companion forever.

This testimony was published as part of an article focusing on God and college in the Pentecostal Evangel on December 12, 1999.  Marcos wrote it while he was still a student.


A Psalm of Marcos

Oh! to go home where there’s no growing old,
where former things have passed away.
I dream and dream of it.
Heaven will happen someday.

I’ll hear Him call me down to dinner,
for in my Father’s house are many rooms.
He’s put my name on one and said,
“Surely, I am coming soon.”

Eye hath not seen and ear hath not heard,
sights and sounds too sumptuous to describe.
Yet the best part I have right now–
my heart, where He resides.

Lord, keep me until dream and reality meet,
until I see You face to face.
Speed that day when the Son holds me forever,
in His warm embrace.

© 2011 Marcos Ortiz

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Marcos is in the National Baseball Hall of Fame! Sort of…


Marcos was one of the winners of a baseball poetry contest held by the Times Union newspaper when he was in college. All winning poetry was added to the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s permanent collection in Cooperstown, New York.

Check out the article and scroll down to read Marcos’ poem, “Diamond Desire” here.

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    Marcos is a musician and writer. He currently resides in upstate New York.