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Inspiration Doesn’t Find You, You Find Inspiration

May 1, 2022

The artistic journey evolves differently for every person. Words such as inspiration and talent are thrown around a lot, quite a bit more than discipline, focus, exploration, history, inquiry, discovery, process, skills, and knowledge. Inspiration, where does it come from? It’s not a lightening bolt, or the voice of God,…

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Death and the Maiden

March 3, 2022

Possibly the best string quartet playing I have ever heard, the Alban Berg Quartet’s performance of Death and the Maiden, in my opinion, exemplifies the apex of human achievement, a glorious work brought to life not just by four musicians, but by four musicians committed to working as one to…

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Happy Birthday Beethoven! I Wonder…

December 16, 2021

Happy Birthday Beethoven! I Wonder…how much we really think about the devaluation of music, art, culture and how little of our attention and energy we give to it’s appreciation? I wonder, do we even know how poor our live are without it? I am listening to Joanne Falletta curate a…

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Making Music Your Own

December 16, 2021

Part One: Past And Present Making music your own has power. It means by experiencing your own life fully, in joyous amazement, with wondering awe of the world around you, your own experiences effect the way that you perceive, perform, learn, teach, and compose music. Whether those experiences are beautiful,…

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The Lark Ascending

November 30, 2021

V.Williams, “The Lark Ascending,” performed by Hillary Hahn, inspired by the words of George Meredith… The Lark Ascending, By George Meredith He rises and begins to round, He drops the silver chain of sound Of many links without a break, In chirrup, whistle, slur and shake, All intervolv’d and spreading…

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Realizing Dreams

November 27, 2021

On small business Saturday, we all recognize that small businesses are the backbone of the American economy, and we support them each other with purchases, FB likes, recommendations, but why? Because we offer the best rates? Buy one, get one? Free with purchase of $100 or more? Not at all.…

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Happy Thanksgiving! Musical Vibes for Raceway Students!!!

November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I hope you all have a day filled with family, friends, food, and of course, music! Here are my top pics, music I’ll be listening to, and music that made me think of each of you… See if you can guess why! Music for Me & JJPup…

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Never Give Up!

November 11, 2021

Never give up! Never forget, always keep remembering, not just what happened, but why it was and is worth it to fight for what you believe, and for what you love! Thank you to all of my family and friends for your service, I could fill volumes with your pictures,…

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Ode To Freedom!

November 3, 2021

“The Wall Is Down and the City is Euphoric!” Bernstein’s legendary performance in Berlin after the wall came down of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, the last movement “Ode to Joy”. He made a spur of the moment change in the libretto, from “Freude” (Joy) to “Freiheit” (Freedom), making this literally…

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The Band of Brothers Project October 2021

October 11, 2021

Preface Searching for truth, answers, and choosing to not stand idle or be silent as we began to be shocked by what we saw in 2019 brought together four friends, “The Band of Brothers”. We are easy company for each other, and what started out as a chat between myself…

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