Friendly Ghosts

March 9th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


The other morning I attended a 4th Grade Recorder concert (you know, the hooty little flutelike wind instruments) at my daughter’s elementary school.  It was much as you might imagine.  Several tunes were played by the whole 4th grade, but there were also several solos, which lead me to tonight’s topic…

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Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

February 2nd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


UPDATED 2.02.09

The important word is “and”…

Let me pass along an acting tip from Ian McKellen via Patrick Stewart:

Here’s the passage from Macbeth:

“She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.”
— Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5, lines 17-28)

This little clip struck me as very interesting. It has something to say about acting craft and “the illusion of the first time”, but also implies we might use this craft to help us to live mindfully in the moment.

If we attend mindfully to the small things, to the conjunctions in our lives, might we not live more richly and truthfully?

Perhaps we might become more convincing actors in our own stories?

Perhaps “signifying something?”

I’d Love To Turn You On

November 19th, 2008 § 2 comments § permalink


I’d Love To Turn You On. Seems like a good compass direction to follow as we all move forward.

Does it wake you up?

Does it render you emotional?

Does it bring you to life?

Does it serve the interest of expanding JOY in the Universes?

Let us all taste LIFE – the cooks, the servers, and the guests.

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Electric Stimulus of Face

November 3rd, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


This is too outrageous for words. Music? Dance? Contortion?


Send In the Clowns

September 19th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


Supersaturated Solution

July 30th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

This – a supersaturated solution – is something that seems to occur in music composition. I load up the tune in my mind…then eventually the right seed crystal drops in.

I Put This Moment…Here

June 29th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

Three minutes into Kate Bush’s song Waking the Witch KB says “I put this moment…here” two or three times.


A piece of music can be in essence a Gesture. The notes are an effect – a byproduct of the body/mind Gesture. We chase down the notes, but it is the Gesture that is the key.

“I put this moment…here.”

Sticky: An Oracle from Yip Harburg

June 13th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


Said Yip Harburg: “Words make you think a thought; music makes you feel a feeling. But a song makes you feel a thought.”


The Butterfly’s Wings

June 10th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


On August 19, 2002 I was thinking:

Po Composing (Music) is largely a matter of setting and mapping out the RHYTHM. Shake out the kinks.

8.22.02 – Po like a butterfly’s wings fresh out of the chrysalis, the wing is there – fully formed – but it must be pumped up with blood into its functional posture.

Po Writing Down Music

Po Drying Butterfly’s Wings


June 2nd, 2008 § 1 comment § permalink


Playing music is like a séance. Getting the ghosts to show up and dance is more important than waving the baton just so.

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