Undoing Knots Has Its Rewards

Undoing Knots Has Its Rewards

Some folks I know are hyper-detail oriented, and I have mixed feelings about that. On one hand, attention to detail generally makes things come out better, and is a trait of most highly successful people. On the downside, slavish attention to detail sometimes makes...
Playing Music vs Doing Almost Anything Else

Playing Music vs Doing Almost Anything Else

A dear friend of mine, an accomplished musician, recently told me they didn’t seem to enjoy playing music anymore.  This gave me considerable pause for thought. I don’t think this feeling had to do with any specific physical ailment. I have known quite a few musicians...
Linnean Observations at Music Venues

Linnean Observations at Music Venues

I’ve been viewing a LOT of live music.  All kinds of music (well, light on modern jazz), and all kinds of skill levels.  I’ve discovered some things, mostly about myself I guess. One is, live music is usually exhilarating.  One is, the activity brings out the analyst...
The Lovely Meter Made

The Lovely Meter Made

One day, some years ago, I stepped out of a coffee shop and was approached by a gentleman whom I did not recognize, but who appeared to recognize me. He was carrying several books and a playbill. “Are you familiar with the works of Mamet?”, he asked me. “Er, uh, you...