At a band rehearsal recently, I looked around the circle and realized I’ve been playing this music with most of these people for more than twenty years. It made me grateful … that four of five universities said no when I was applying to grad school. To find out why, please hop over to Makes You Mom.
Let me tell you some stories about my mom. She was a creative persuader. When I was a surly teenager sleeping away a Saturday, she roused me with the news, “The Red Cross was here and they brought doughnuts.” When I fell asleep sunbathing, I woke to the gentle poke of her sticking a spatula […]
She would have organized this. She would have asked what we were planning to wear, and suggested the appropriate degree of dressiness or casualness. She would have told us, several times, in speech and in emails, what time to be there, and then she would have been the last to arrive. And we would have […]
I was test-driving a new flute this morning and got to the point where I needed to shake and swab the condensation out of it. With one vigorous flick of the wrist, moisture from the head joint spattered the sofa pillows. I looked down the inside of the shaft and this is what it looked […]
I went and played Irish music with the musical peeps tonight. And what I have to say about that, I already said in the first thing I ever wrote for the Art House America blog. (Do you know that blog? You should. Every other Thursday they publish new pieces. Thoughful, lovely, all about “cultivating creative […]
Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five-Minute Friday prompt this week: Song. READY GO Friends with birthdays were easy: Call ’em up and sing “Happy Birthday.” People about to take a trip got a customized “Leavin’ on a Jet Plane.” For a friend moving into the neighborhood, there was Mister Rogers’ “Please Won’t You Be My Neighbor.” A friend […]
Linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker’s five-minute Friday thing. Today’s prompt: rest. OK GO A piece of music would just be an overwhelming string of notes without the rests, the pauses that allow the musician to breathe, the gap that allows the hearer’s brain to savor what it just heard and to anticipate what’s to come. […]