Category Archives: Music

Unexpected Poetry #5

And now we turn to Craigslist, the source of all great literature (and where grammar and spelling go to die after they’ve given up all hope on life in social media). I call it “Broken on the Inside.” Let the … Continue reading

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How (Not) to Ruin a Classical Music Performance

Advice from a performing musician Part 2: Please refrain from talking or other disruptive behavior during the performance. I recently saw someone pose the question, “Why do we applaud after a performance?”(ie, why that has become tradition).  This  is a … Continue reading

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Deck the Halls

Why is it that all elementary schools, in one way or another, smell the same? Even after all these years since I was a student in one myself, I can walk into a grade school and immediately be transported back … Continue reading

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Sleep is supposed to be

“Sleep is supposed to be, By souls of sanity, The shutting of the eye.” – Emily Dickinson Sometimes I have insomnia. Actually, frequently I have insomnia. It’s not a chronic thing though, and is usually self-inflicted. For example, I have … Continue reading

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One more time, with feeling

One thing that always caught me off guard when I was in school was seeing teachers outside of the academic setting. “What? Teachers live at school. They don’t do things like go to the movies or go shopping!” Well, brace … Continue reading

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Miss Otis Regrets

When a friend and I were having brunch a couple months ago, she asked me if I had any regrets. I thought for a moment and said, “Well, sort of.” And then I proceeded to tell the story of why … Continue reading

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