First of all, a description of the day out there: Phoned my Collingwood rehearsal before 8am and said it looked iffy, then went back to sleep. All of this adds up to Permission. To sleep, which I’ve done. To stretch the day into a different shape, which I’m doing. A shape that can contain a … More To troll
We have a poet Laureate in this town of 22,000 people, and have had for at least a decade. Her job is to lift us into a place where we remember to breathe. Here’s a bit the current PL recently posted on facebook that has stuck in my heart like cupid’s dart: “Someone forgot to … More Ink.
I’ve given myself two weeks to answer a list. On my list are relatively small goals but they are necessarily comprehensive, since the overall aim is to break through a log jam of old unfulfilled ideas, to clear out what is no longer useful or appropriate, and give form to the ones with a vigorous … More Production
I wake into this morning still wrapped in a cocoon of wonder, pour myself into hot coffee and sunshine. From this computer two lovely pieces of new music emerge, both via my dear friend Kati Gleiser who is some hundreds of miles away but also next to me, as I write. I listen to Kati’s … More Youth Orchestras, open windows and spring
A fog-laden wind sifts through tree boughs to the northwest. Into my left ear the presto drip of snowmelt on metal roof is punctuated by a random slide, thunk of heavier stuff pulled to ground. On my lap, the steady, thundering purr of kitten. The dark outside is thick with visible air, like stirred winter … More January 2013
There are living, breathing loops of news in this community, which we check into and out of regularly, just to make sure all is well. So an so had a stroke but is recovering well. Someone else will have her baby today after three days in the hospital. The gig went great on Saturday; the … More Bean Cellar
I highly recommend watching this TED interview with Sistema Founder Jose Abreu, and then watch this video of Sistema Youth Orchestra performing in Caracas under sistema graduate Gustavo Dudamel (now conductor of the LA Philharmonic, and two other leading orchestras on two other continents) I happy-cry every time I see this. The following text … More We can do this Here.