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The Role Of College Teaching In The Life of A Creative Musician

The Role Of College Teaching In The Life of A Creative Musician http://t.co/y71U7tQFWL by Payton MacDonald pic.twitter.com/st2XVIlVLJ — NewMusicBox (@newmusicbox) September 10, 2014

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New Jazz: Pushing its Boundaries with Harmonic, Metric, and Instrumental Devices

This is an online paper I presented at the Atiner Athens Greece 5th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts 2-5 June 2014. It is excerpted here with examples and audio. ABSTRACT This paper will explore devices used by musicians/composers Bob … Continue reading

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Music Braille Code

I joined a U.S. government-sponsored exchange program to distribute Braille Music Notation Guides (both printed and in Braille) among Latin American Universities and libraries. The guides, music examples, exercises, and a double CD with recorded examples will expand the access … Continue reading

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Sir Noël Coward

“Wit is like caviar – it should be served in small portions and not spread about like marmalade.” “Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.” “Work is much more fun than fun.” “We have no reliable guarantee that the afterlife will … Continue reading

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Mercy

Mercy by Stephen Dunn The music was fidgety, arch, an orchestral version of twang. Welcome to atonal hell, welcome to the execution of a theory, I kept thinking, thinking, thinking. I hadn’t felt a thing. Was it old fashioned of … Continue reading

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Flaubert on Creativity

“Happy are they who don’t doubt themselves and whose pens fly across the page. I myself hesitate, I falter, I become angry and fearful, my drive diminishes as my taste improves, and I brood more over an ill-suited word than … Continue reading

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A Glimpse into Personal Creativity

A description of her inner work and creative impulses by best-selling poet Sharon Olds : “I said to free will or the pagan god of making things, or whoever, let me write my own stuff. I’ll give up everything I’ve learned, … Continue reading

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Georgia O’Keeffe

      It’s the birthday of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe, born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (1887). She studied art in college and then supported herself teaching art at various colleges, but she found that teaching left her no time for … Continue reading

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some fast quotes for composers

“Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.” Mark Twain “You never know what you’ll want to write until it starts writing itself in your head.” Jill Ker Conway “There’s a whole language out … Continue reading

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Interview with Eric Clapton

    From his early days in the Yardbirds and Cream to his current status as guitar icon and bluesman extraordinaire, Eric Clapton has released more than 40 albums over the course of his 50-year career. Here, the legendary rocker … Continue reading

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