The courage to grow

I’ve been finding Michelle Bennett’s recent posts on her blog very thought-provoking. She’s been extremely courageous in revealing her inner challenges as a student and a professional singer, and how these have led her to psychotherapy and inner work alongside her musical life. So often musicians, like any professionals, are extremely hesitant to reveal anything …

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Hike in the Sespe

Having had some health challenges lately, I haven’t been able to hike much, but recently managed a short walk in the Sespe with Robert and Barry. As usual, I was taken aback by the subtle and fresh beauty of the chaparral, so different from the countryside in my native England. Its grey-greens and golds, the …

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Stressed out? Read on…

You know all those upbeat articles that tell you how to avoid stress and live positively? Well, here’s one that takes the opposite tack on the same issue, and it really made me sit up and think. Love it.

Rostropovich's death marks the end of an era.

I heard this morning that Mstislav Rostropovich, one of the greatest cellists in history, has died. I was immediately reminded of time spent in his London home back in the 90’s, when I played piano for one of Vishnevskaya‘s students.

I just lost a week!

I haven’t posted anything much lately, and I’ve really missed it! We found out a week ago that we have to move by June 1st, so I’ve been busy house-hunting, and am pleased to report that we have found a nice rental right in the heart of town. In any normal town, I wouldn’t consider …

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Classical music is cool, y'know?

I think I just found the most horrible classical music website on the net. Or useful, depending on where you’re at. Here’s the blurb from www.kickassclassical.com . “Get to know the most popular Classical Music in pop culture today! You’ve heard these famous Classical Music pieces in movies, trailers, commercials, cartoons, video games and ringtones. …

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Bell's Hell

Today’s Washington Post story about Joshua Bell posing as a street musician was so thought-provoking that it has been on my mind all day. Joshua’s magnificent playing apparently aroused so little attention that he himself was alarmed and the reporter certainly bemused. Should we be so shocked? Does it really mean the end of civilization …

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