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Flood.

We’re in the midst of dramatic flooding in Calgary and southern Alberta as nature reveals a bit of her tremendous power. My family and I are fine. We live on a hill far from the river. Many others are not … Continue reading

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That black note Camp thing

This is the last week of lessons for the school year. The recital was Saturday, so for most, the lessons have been spent wrapping up loose ends and having a bit of fun. Notes have been made for fall. Not … Continue reading

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Composers refuse to be bound by rules

“Some people will perhaps wonder why I have undertaken to write about music, there being so many works by outstanding men who have treated the subject most thoroughly and learnedly; and more especially, why I should be doing so just … Continue reading

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The brain zaps; the spirit soars.

Exposure. It’s all about exposure. And knowledge. Expose your ears, your eyes, your brain, your heart to new stuff. Then things happen. The music, the art, the literature, the architecture all become less unfamiliar. You see and hear the patterns. … Continue reading

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The soul of genius

“True genius without heart is a thing of nought – for not great understanding alone, not intelligence alone, nor both together, make genius.                   Love! Love! Love! that is the soul of … Continue reading

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Get creative instead

Two invaluable lessons my kids have learned from their high school band teacher: 1.  Deal with it. You forgot your uniform? Your music? Your instrument? Not my problem. Figure it out.  This was good. So good that I only found … Continue reading

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Write the blues instead

“I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.” ~Duke Ellington Thank you, Kathleen, for playing the blues. You sound awesome. And thank you for pointing me to San Francisco Bay Blues by Eva Cassidy. Love … Continue reading

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They’re all sappy love songs

“What came first – the music or the misery? Did I listen to music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to music? Do all those records turn you into a melancholy person?” In the wake … Continue reading

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10,000 Hours or 22,000 Days?

Originally posted on Before the Downbeat:
This week, I have been observing our students in a myriad of performance situations:  playing recitals; performing year-end performance juries; taking final exams.  The practice rooms and libraries are filled.  The stress level is…

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Finally, colors dominate your sounds

“At a young age, when you are playing something in the early stages of your life, you are striving to be up toward the unattainable perfection, mainly based on the musical laws and regulations. Later on, you start being interested … Continue reading

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The Piano

A touching short video. Better viewed in the freshness of a new day than at the end of a long, emotional day … You have to love it when an attempt is made to co-ordinate the fingers on the keys … Continue reading

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30 seconds of terror

Time to Sight-Read on the exam. And get an easy 10 marks. Or not. You get about 30 seconds to look over the piece before starting. And once you start, you Just Don’t Stop. Forget about showing the examiner (or … Continue reading

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