3 Magic Phrases

My “3 Magic Phrases”: “I am free I don’t have to do anything I have time and space” They imply and include: “You are free You don’t have to do anything You have time and space” “I am / You … Continue reading

Violinists Have BIG EGOS!

Violinists have big egos! Is it true? Personally, I suspect that’s just as true as saying “musicians have big egos” or “people have big egos”. But what does having a “big ego” mean, anyway? And why is there a stereotype … Continue reading

The Problem with “Technical” vs. “Musical” Practicing

When you practice, do you think of different ways of practicing as either “technical” or “musical” practice? That’s a common misunderstanding about how to work on a piece of music. I think it’s very problematic, and goes contrary to what we … Continue reading

How Do You Deal with Overwhelm?

Overwhelm. What is it? It’s a sense of life spinning out of control. Feeling like life is too much to manage…like there’s too much to do and not enough time…that we are inadequate, or too slow or too stupid, or … Continue reading

Finding the Smile After the Storm

Everything changes. What matters is to have something changeless to refer everything back to. The changeless is central and must be recognized and appreciated as such. The center is in the middle of all things. It is everywhere. There is … Continue reading

How Can A Fleeting Moment Conquer Evil?

I’m having a bit of an emotional morning. I’ve just realized something important and surprising, and I want to share it with you. It’s a personal story with huge implications. I’ve been going through a lot of ups and downs lately. … Continue reading

My Struggle with Being Concise in Speech and Musical Practice

A few months ago, I was asked to give a 10-minute TED-style talk at the College Music Society Summit on improving 21st century music school design. I gave the talk last Friday, and I believe it was a success. However, the process … Continue reading