I don't remember much of anything I learned in high school. Most of us don't. But there was one phrase my high school biology teacher said at the beginning of every week that really stuck with me: "Time spent organizing is time well-spent." At the time, I could see some benefits of giving us extra … Continue reading Time Well-Spent
My piano career started mostly self-taught, and there are a lot of things I wish I'd learnt just starting out, even after finding a teacher. This series explores those topics, so you can learn from my mistakes. One of the first things a music teacher tells you is how important good posture is. This isn't … Continue reading What I Wish I Knew: Posture
Negativity is something we're all warned against. We're told to be optimists, to see opportunities where others don't, but we're not always taught how. Turns out, it has a lot to do with discipline (something I need to work on). Lately, I've been obsessing over many different kinds of Ted Talks. From neuroscience, to music … Continue reading Positivity
You feel the exhaustion dripping from your eyes to create the dark circles underneath them. A new ring appears each morning, but you must press on. You have a goal: get your practice time in. There's never enough time. You always have more pieces to perfect, and your fingers won't do what they're told. They're … Continue reading Take Care
Music. It hovers around us every day. Some say that it is a fundamental part of being. At its base, music is a collection of sounds in the air. (Some old-fashioners would say "organized sounds," but we have John Cage to thank for a more inclusive definition.) Once the air molecules cease to vibrate, the … Continue reading A Little Bit of Math and Magic
One of the things that I find most inspiring about professional musicians is their ability to keep practicing every single day. Despite however they're feeling about the day, they press on and practice. There are so many days when I've just felt awful about myself and my abilities to play. I wonder why I'm even … Continue reading When You’re Feeling Down
It's an oldie but a goodie, truly a "tale as old as time." This arrangement and performance is from my early days of arranging and performing, but I still love the simplicity of the song, and I hope you do too. Have a great Valentine's Day, everyone!
It was nice out today, so I enjoyed the weather with Eleanor here. The wind proved to be a hassle, though. Still nice to sing with nature.
Piano: the instrument that continues to sing to the soul of humanity since its birth in the fifteenth century. A symbol of Baroque perfection, the harpsichord evolved into the piano to find a place in every genre of music. Classical, jazz, metal, rock, folk, pop, musical theatre, mainstream, or high-brow, the piano, in some capacity, is a … Continue reading A Good Chord on a Bad Piano
With all the tumult of the Christmas season, I forgot about this blog. Oh well, at least I can share some Christmas cheer with you all the best way I know how. New song on the SoundCloud channel: Hope you all enjoy! Merry Christmas!