Friday, October 28, 2011
"Performing these magnificent pieces is part of my life's work," McEvilly said. "I live to offer my performances of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Chopin to everyone, all ages, no exclusions " enthusiastic teens, children with their families, working men and women, seniors, professionals. I perform these masterworks as beautifully as I can to reveal their hidden harmonies and melodies."
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011
When Churchill wanted to drive this point home he said - "Never, never, never, never give up." When King Lear witnessed his daughter die in his very face he made a statement stronger still - "Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, and thou no breath at all? Thou't come no more, never, never, never, never, never!" How do these lofty sentiments apply to us, in our lives day by day? Never is a word full of energy. We have been advised to "Never say never," but the giver of this advice has gone against his own advice.
Let's sort this out and make some sense of it.
Have you ever "given up"? I would say we all have at some time and in some way done so.
In order make some sense of this I am introducing several key concepts: energy, individuation, and specificity.
And I propose to flesh these abstract concepts out by way of a short story.
When I was a child playing concerts at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music I noticed that the music of Mozart had a greater capacity to communicate to the audience than any of the other composers - I began to examine this. I saw smiles on faces throughout the audience
when I played Mozart, I felt at the same time a sense of profound spiritual refreshment - this was the beginning of my realization that the music I chose to play was a conveyor of energy which carried a message of great specificity. I was magnetized to the job of being the messenger for this energy, which I found in its purest form in Mozart. I was twelve years old when I discovered my vocation in life - it was to be a lifelong commitment to revealing God's unconditional love through music. I narrowed my repertoire to the composers I felt (feeling and intuition are central here) best got this job done. This meant eliminating most of the composers beloved by my teachers. They tried their darndest to get me to play the other great composers, but I had chosen Handel, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin and stuck to it.
Whenever I gave in to compromise I was inevitably met with what I can best describe as a loss of vital energy, and so I formulated this discovery as a law for myself - "Compromise is a hole in the energy system."
Ever wanted to just give up?
Whenever I've found myself there, I have always been able to trace it back one key element: loss of energy - and this goes back to compromising my own values for others' values. So I've come up with these two rules (for myself-:)
Know what is yours to do, and do it. #Wayne2Wayne
and perhaps more important still:
Do not do what is not yours to do. #Wayne2Wayne
Well, as we all know, these two simple rules will be challenged by the world we occupy. That's where you'll need all the energy you can get. Take heart! It's available. Where? Right inside you. There, in the within within you is your source of energy. I have come to know it as the Divine Within - a source of inexhaustible energy.
I have found that the music of Mozart and Bach and Beethoven, and Handel, and Schubert are my sure avenues leading to this infinite source of energy supply.
Each of us can find his own.
Now with the stage set tell the story of moving to Oklahoma City 7 years ago and re-formulating the entire project by offering a gift set of my McEvilly-Mozart 17 Piano Sonatas 5 CD set to each and every public library in Oklahoma. The goal is to place this beneficial resource in the environment of as many children as possible.
Can I say all of this and more in simpler more straightforward language? We'll see.
Speech #5 - Toastmasters - 5-7 minutes (I'm aiming for 5 minutes 45 seconds!)
Monday, October 3, 2011
Alan - I have read 'music criticism' since the 1940s - What I love about yours is you are totally focused on the details, and reading your reviews is akin to actually 'being there' - I believe this is a high and rare accomplishment.
So many reviewers seem to take their lead from George B. Shaw who, although brilliant, is so bent on displaying his own clever (in his own eyes) wit and audacious use of language that all else is lost.
So this reviewer of your review says, on the basis of long experience: 'BRAVO!'
Here is the review of the L.A. Philharmonic performance -