Everyone who becomes a patron is royalty. Everyone who receives patronage is an artist. Well, that’s an idyllic concept of “patron of the arts” anyway. Certainly, in my eyes, being a patron of the arts is a beautiful way to further beauty and creativity […]
I still remember the day vividly in my imagination. Only weeks prior to that day, I had moved into an apartment in Oakland, California after living with friends since arriving in the area a month before that. It was as if the Bay Area wanted to introduce itself to […]
Since I was a boy, I’ve been told by physicians that I have a heart murmur. The doctors tried to explain how it was a sound alongside the beat of my heart. They also told me (and my parents) that it was “functional” and therefore only of minimal concern.
When my […]
When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.
I’ve been involved with a few musical theatre shows around my new home in Ithaca, New York, for the past few months. I’m learning a lot. Most of what I’m learning is about me. And I think I’m not alone…
As you know if you’ve been reading this blog, I have found the art journal paintings of Tracee Vetting Wolf to be deeply inspiring. One of the results is that we’ve collaborated on a few videos. To be more precise, Tracee created the video. I took my […]
In music one must think with the heart and feel with the brain. ~George Szell
Perhaps best known for “building the Cleveland Orchestra into a world-class ensemble”, George Szell (1897-1970) was a composer and conductor. I wonder if he had any idea that so […]
Some time in the Summer of 1991, John Bennison encouraged me to create a set of recordings of piano improvisations. We talked about the how since we knew the where would be the sanctuary of the church we both served. A church member loaned us a beautiful acoustic piano. […]
Though I believe in the power of thought and know that we create our own reality, it’s easy to experience things as “life” giving us this lesson or that curve ball. Hopefully, most adults have ways of coping with these moments: yours […]
It’s the same for musicians: if your audience went away feeling buoyed up or brought down, that’s what they’ll remember. If you’re really […]