Minding the Music

March 14, 2019

While it is not true that every 7 years all of the cells in our bodies have been replaced, cells in our bodies are being replaced all the time.  How is it that so much of us of us remains steady and consistent?  I guess one could argue that our brain cells lasting much of our life may contribute to this. Yet still, their connections are constantly changing. And I am not sure which is the bigger miracle, the change or the stability.  I guess in order for this to happen, much communication must take place, messages or codes are passed on by our cells, saying, “This is what you are to do to keep things stable and consistent, to recreate this person.” In a very, very small way saying, “This is who they are.  You must follow these instructions if this song is to be remembered, if they are to continue to play the guitar or piano, to sing, to speak, to care about others, to remember their frie...

March 1, 2019

“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” - Mary Oliver

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I want my music to be meaningful and, of course, heard. It seems like one key to creating popular music (not exclusive to "pop music") is writing songs that are familiar enough, but have an element of surprise or uniqueness. (Most Advanced. Yet Acceptable.-MAYA Principle). I don't seem to have too much trouble with uniqueness, but I wonder how far I am able to push myself to create things more like everyone else, more familiar, more "normal" (more repetitive, more singable). We'll see. I do not believe I am at the extremes of unique, by any means, but being more "normal" goes a bit against what I consider my artistic nature. However, what is comfortable or familiar is not...

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