Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Mystery Of Making Sense Out Of Life - Case Closed

I respond to a post by @BobBurg
You can be counted on to ‘hit the nail on the head’ pretty consistently.
Precisely, the human ‘need to make sense’ sometimes gets us into trouble. We begin to seek blame in our desire to make connections between events that may have no relationship in reality. Causality is not the only connecting principle in our universe. It is, however, the one we seem most readily to ‘understand’ and so we try to force all our experiences into an area where they must be explained in terms of cause and effect. This error you very deftly pointed out. Having done that, the case is pretty much closed.
There are these mysteries.
Thank you.


I attended a group meditation led by Maharishi in the 1960s-He spoke briefly and said then: “Let Us Meditate” – the entire room fell under the deepest hush of absolute stillness – 20 minutes later softly slowly “OPEN THE EYES” – It was the greatest “teaching” I have ever experienceed.
The best is yet TO BE -

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Your Mistakes Are Perfection

I believe that everyone who performs at any level would do well to see that the ‘note-perfect’ performance is not necessarily the best. What is best is to move the hearts and spirits and minds of your listeners. To convey vital energy. To express universal emotions. To move, to inspire, to allow a healthy forgetfulness to occur. If any of these things happen, music has happened. Let’s put less emphasis on ‘making mistakes’ and more on ‘making connections’ -
and besides which, how can it possibly have been a mistake? It is now part of past reality-can’t be retrieved- might as well accept the fact that your mistakes are perfection!

Stay Young With Mozart @ Oklahoma Libraries

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Thank You Catherine @AllPiano

am grateful to you for posting this video in your blog and for your generous assessment of my work with children. When the news floods the minds of children with fear, anxiety, and tension, and the situation in many homes is one that produces a host of negative emotions, the simple fact of Mozart in a child’s classroom can be sufficient to change that child’s mentality conveying Mozart’s message directly to the deepest level of subconscious awareness. This is accomplished without a word, and in a language that is understood from the moment we come into this troubled world.
I believe the basic patterns used in all music can be instrumental in placing the child’s mind in this place of assurance.
I believe you are providing the children you work with, and their families, and thus the community with a great service which will bring lasting benefits. Thank you for taking the time from you busy schedule to comment on what I am doing.

Here is Catherine's blog

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Musing On Mozart & Improvising

I just stumbled upon a great post on Improvisation and it induced the following comment:

Here is something inspiring and instructive about improvising within the body of the Mozart Piano Sonatas – in the final movement of Sonata 13 Bb Major there is the instruction in Mozart’s autograph score: ‘ad libitum’ – There you have it and from the master himself. But wait (as they say in the Infomercials) There’s More! & this one is even more exciting! In the great 14th Sonata in C Minor also third movement occurs a series of fermatae with this instruction: ‘a piacere’ – at your pleasure, if you please, as you like it, do what you will. La! Signed-Mozart. Amazing.
As Cole Porter said: ‘Let’s Do It!’ Let’s fall in love with our freedom as classical musicians!
Do we need permission to improvise in the midst of things Mozartean? Well, there you have it!

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Mozart Is A Character In the Small Town Of Planet Home

I found an intriguing post on Becky McCray's 'Small Biz Survival' blog about the potential in attracting tourists to a rural community by featuring its local characters in a travel article. My thoughts:

This got things up there in my brainbox stirrin' - Not just small towns (but that is your focus) but NYC - when America's great Hoosier novelist/poet Marguerite Young died (she'd been living in The Village for decades & Scribners had published her 'MissMacIntosh, My Darling" back in 1965) - doing research for her novel had her 'haunting' the entire small town of NYC from the upper east side to Wall Street and beyond. When her obituary appeared in the N.Y. Times she was described as an 'icon' - Well, that'd be another word for 'town character' -
One of the values I pick up from visiting Small Biz Survival is a strenghthening of my perception that we all inhabit small towns, even those of us who live right smack dab in the center of a big city.
But back to Hooker, Slapout, Beaver, and Buffalo - I've visited and made myself a 'resident for a day' in so many small towns that I can attest to the fact that the local characters do stand out.
I always bring it back to Mozart - my business is Mozart - so I've got a few ideas brewing about Mozart Around Town.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Here is a link to the blogpost:
@SBSurvival Value your town characters