Happy Messes and Willing Fuss

What kind of fuss do you love? What's your favorite mess? I think these are great and revealing questions because they point to what you REALLY love rather than to what seems like a good idea to love. All important endeavors involve mess and fuss - the physical mess of paints or sugar or potting [...]

By | 2017-12-24T15:48:38+00:00 December 24th, 2017|Artistry, Creativity, Love, Spirit, The Bardic Life|Comments Off on Happy Messes and Willing Fuss

Glamour and Grunt-Work

Here's all the gear that I hauled through the rain to the car about a week ago, then into the Groton Public Library, then back to my car, then back into the house at the end of the night. (And that's Mish sharpening his claws on the amp). The performing life is a heady mix [...]

By | 2017-12-16T15:48:11+00:00 December 16th, 2017|Love, Music, Spirit, The Bardic Life|2 Comments

A Songful Holiday

So far, the sweetest, warmest, and brightest moments of this holiday season have taken place at the piano. Helping a student play a carol he or she loves and witnessing the moment of connection - when the music comes into the hands and heart and mind - is delicious fun, and a great privilege. All [...]

By | 2017-12-13T19:53:42+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Artistry, Creativity, Love, Music, Spirit|Comments Off on A Songful Holiday

Flap Until You Find the Updraft

Today I walked deep into the woods to a swampy clearing where lilies grow and beavers build dams.  It's muddy and ringed with poison ivy, and it's one of my favorite places on Earth.  You could hardly stand in a more breath-taking spot when the wind blows. A hawk mewed in the pine tops, [...]

By | 2017-08-20T23:16:38+00:00 August 20th, 2017|Artistry, Creativity, Love, Spirit, The Bardic Life|Comments Off on Flap Until You Find the Updraft

Why I Priced My Condensed – OK, Short – Ebook at $9.99

Believe me, I thought long and hard about how to price my ebook on Amazon. There are books three and four times as long as mine selling for half the price or less. Before I hit the button to set the price at $9.99, the usual questions and worries swarmed in my mind: But [...]

By | 2017-08-07T22:30:09+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Artistry, Creativity, The Bardic Life|Comments Off on Why I Priced My Condensed – OK, Short – Ebook at $9.99

You, Too, Can Haul Your Gear to a Gig, Play All Day Under a Stifling Tent, Be Unfailingly Gracious, and Go Home with Zero Dollars

OK, so my title is indeed facetious, but this is an offer I've received many, many times. Of course, it does not come phrased in these words. Usually, it sounds more like this: "Would you like to perform at our festival/event/fair/market? Our audience is quite large, and you can sell your CDs." When you [...]

By | 2017-07-13T15:38:54+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Artistry, Music, The Bardic Life|2 Comments

That guy who sounds like Dylan

I heard someone on the radio yesterday who sounded a lot like Bob Dylan.* I don't know if this singer consciously intended to sound like him or if it is just one of those accidents of nature, so I'm not casting aspersions.  All the same, it got me thinking about imitation and so-called "sure-bet [...]

By | 2017-05-16T19:58:35+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Artistry, Creativity, Love, Spirit|Comments Off on That guy who sounds like Dylan

Monarch among the Moths: the first law of too-muchness

When it comes to clothes, I must admit I have a flair for the dramatic.  I like cloaks and capes and shawls.  I like swirling skirts and long hems, embroidery and abalone buttons.  I like hats and tall boots. I like lace, velvet, faux fur, silk, leather, and well-sewn linen, and there could never [...]

By | 2017-04-18T21:58:04+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Creativity, Love, Spirit|2 Comments

Obligation is a Killer

Dramatic, yes?  Perhaps a little bit, at least in the way I've expressed it.  But true?  Definitely. As soon as there is a whiff of obligation about pretty much any relationship, what happens? The death of freedom, excitement, engagement, and JOY. Think of friendships, family relationships, and work relationships.  As soon as one person [...]

By | 2017-03-16T11:10:59+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Artistry, Creativity, Love, Spirit|2 Comments