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Okay. I’ll share my secret.

None of my students ever get the interval of a minor sixth wrong on the ear test portion of the exams. Ever. Forget the sappy Love Story tune. So not appealing to anyone under the age of 40. Maybe even … Continue reading

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Morning coffee. A whole new meaning.

Sambuca: an Italian anise-flavoured, usually colourless, liqueur. It is flavoured with essential oils obtained from anise, star anise, licorice, and other spices… the oils are added to pure alcohol, a concentrated solution of sugar, and other flavouring. It is commonly … Continue reading

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She laughed a lot.

She presided over the kitchen – the house – the whole farm. The wheat farm – acres and acres of rolling fields in Saskatchewan – where you can see forever. It seemed to me that Auntie Sylvia spent a lot … Continue reading

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Utter Serenity

The sky is a bit dark but it is utterly serene outside. The view I enjoy a few minutes’ walk from my place.   The music I wish I would have enjoyed in church this morning (sigh). A stunning recording … Continue reading

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This is how hope feels

This is a big deal. The personal piano of Vladimir Horowitz is touring North America and is in Calgary for 2 weeks. There was a recital tonight – students of APTA teachers were given the opportunity to play on this … Continue reading

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Ex tempore

impromptu: adj. & adv. extempore, unrehearsed. (The Concise Oxford Dictionary) extempore: adj. & adv. 1 without preparation. 2 offhand. [ L ex tempore on the spur of the moment... ]  (Oxford) impromptu: [F.] Title for short pieces by… Chopin and others, … Continue reading

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Get the kleenex

Another incredible and completely unexpected performance from The X Factor UK. Based on Christopher Maloney’s size and speaking voice, I was expecting a rich baritone  - thinking, “Hmmm… how is The Rose a good selection for that voice?” I was … Continue reading

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Starry Nights and Earworms

It doesn’t matter how much music I hear throughout the day. The first tune of the day just gets stuck. I play it in my head over and over and over – not even realizing it half the time. This … Continue reading

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Unabashedly overcome by the splendour of grand views

    D-flat major. The Free Spirit. Number 10 in the Signatures Series on CBC Radio – a series giving voice to the personalities of different keys. My youngest is D-flat Major. We listened to it last night and our … Continue reading

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My Top 5 List – Repeat Post

This post is a repeat from over a year ago – I need practice with Dropbox! At the time I couldn’t get the image on the post itself. Here it is as a PDF – hopefully, clickable, downloadable, and printable. … Continue reading

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Canada Day

 Oh Canada! Our home and native land!  True patriot love in all our sons command.  Car ton bras sait porter l’épée,                        Il sait porter la croix.       … Continue reading

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Close enough: 50 Piece Challenge Wrap-up

My grade 3 math teacher once drew an illustration on the blackboard – with chalk – that has stuck with me. A student had given an answer for a question that was a bit off. The teacher said he was … Continue reading

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