Kent

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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Two Realities

Apparently there are two realities. I know this because the 2020 US presidential election in particular and the Trump presidency in general have revealed that there are two groups of people who live in entirely different worlds. There may be others, but for the sake of brevity let’s just concentrate on the Big Two. One …

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Finding Time

Time is never lost, actually. You can lose track of it, but it is always there, stubbornly draining away as you frantically dash around trying to keep up with an unrelenting to-do list. The more responsibilities we assume, the less time is available for fun and creativity. That is a problem, because creativity is food …

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Distractions & the Future

Here I am trying to be creative while the world around me does its darndest to divert my attention. The pandemic, a narcissistic US president whose tantrums are a danger to the entire planet, and work. That last one is the Yin and Yang of my existence. It propels and nurtures while simultaneously obstructing and …

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Escaping the Slow

I will get back to my normal routine of b*tching about life soon, but since I’m learning a thing or two about building websites with WordPress I thought I’d share. The previous incarnation of this site was extremely slow. I initially blamed my provider (which might not have been entirely wrong), but later discovered that …

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Starting Over

Back to square one. I decided to do a little housecleaning and completely nuked the original site. There really wasn’t much worth keeping, so no regrets. For now this is all there is, but I have upgraded to the “pro” version of the Astra WordPress theme and will try to make the most of it, …

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