Minding the Music

July 31, 2020

I have been thinking about music as a "great uniter" and wondering why this is.  I think one of the big reasons is because it requires LISTENING, something that we tend to do less and less of in our current US culture.  I have been a psychologist for over 25 years, a musician for longer than that, and a human being for even longer than that.  It is just the case that when we are attacked, or even just perceive an attack, we humans tend to go into defensive mode, and listen less, or not at all.  We revert instead to defending ourselves, our views, our identities, our self-esteem, our "honor".  Of course, those who have a stronger sense-of-self tend to be less defensive and/or perceive fewer things, such as criticisms or disagreements of opinion, as personal attacks that threaten who we are, our identity.

But back to music....so it seems to me that i...

July 26, 2020

“Quiet the mind,and the soul will speak.”

― Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

Centering....again...again.....   Some seem to believe that meditation involves continuous focus, but it seems to me that one of the primary tasks of meditation is re-focusing again and again, as it is also with my music.  So here I am again, after another very busy summer session of online teaching, focusing on editing my lyrics a little more, recording, and/or re-recording my songs.  While one of my goals is to get a good product out to share with you, the process is also important, clarifying what it is I want to share, what it is I want to say... and of course, creating music that will be both enjoyable and will carry the message well.   

I hope that you will also be able to focus, re-focus, and re-focus again in your process of creating things in your life, a garden, a birdhouse, paintin...

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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