Tag Archives: Joy

Creative Tensions

Everything seems to be in tension, lately. Creating always involves a form of high wire balancing act, without a net. They tell you there is one right way to solve all your creative difficulties, but is there? Any brief survey … Continue reading

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Intellectual Inactivity

Not everyone reads books or listens to music actively. Some never visit museums and art galleries. Quite a lot of people don’t dance or sing, or play an instrument. They don’t design, craft or make anything. They have no relationship … Continue reading

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Untold Stories

It pains me to write this post and I’m not exactly sure why. I think it’s mainly because I sense a yawning vacuum, but don’t have a robust proposal to fill it – just some vague, sketchy pointers to a … Continue reading

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Has Music Education Lost Its Way?

Depending who you ask, rock and roll originated some seventy years ago. Jazz is about a hundred years old. Even Rap is pushing fifty. These are musical art forms that predate young music students, today in their middle teens, by … Continue reading

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Why Play?

As children, we play. Nobody has to compel us to play or tell us how. We just do. We make up the games we play, using our imaginations. It comes pretty naturally, for most people. We play as a childhood … Continue reading

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Making Art In Dark Times

I think the thing I struggle with most is making art when my heart is aching. Unfortunately, the list of things that can make somebody pre-disposed to being an artist (a modicum of sensitivity and a heightened aesthetic sense, for … Continue reading

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Things I Love About Making Art

If you’re like most artists (actually, most human beings), every now and then you’ll find yourself drifting, having lost sight of your goals completely.  You’ll feel like you’re going through the motions, but with little satisfaction.  That little self-critical voice … Continue reading

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