Month: December 2020

Good Riddance to 2020

The worst year in memory will be over in a few hours, and although I’m not naive enough to believe that the tolling of midnight will bring about sudden change, I am hoping for an upswing. There will undoubtedly be some 2020 hangover (US politics would be one example), but with COVID-19 vaccines on the …

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Gear vs. Creativity

Way back in the mid 70s, just after I had started at a well-known music school in Boston (major: composition & arrangement, principle instrument: guitar), I was wandering around the halls of my dorm, checking out my new home for the next couple of years, when I came across another freshman who was sitting on …

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Connecting with Art

We need a break from the exhausting political, social, and public health issues that are ongoing, so for the next few posts I will delve into something a bit less stressful: art, and our relationship to it. Some of this content is updated material from a previous blog. Artists often say that creating an emotional …

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Elitism and Self-deception

Most people feel a need to belong. Most people crave the approval of their peers. Many feel a need to climb to the top of their social group, to become leaders and receive praise and adulation. To feel superior. These are basic human traits that are not necessarily bad in themselves. They spur some people …

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