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Memories of Horn Calls Past: My First Issue of The Horn...

I joined the IHS when I was a senior in high school. In those days long before E-mail or Horn Matters the journal of...

The thrill of inspiration

It is not often that one can point to a beer commercial as a beautiful illustration of intense, playful practice. This particular ad from Guinness...

Lessons Learned from My Cats

Big things in little packages. Tigger-Poo and Mr. Tribble were rescued as kittens from our local Humane Society. They are members of our family and...

Striving for Tone

Another post from the archive, this dates to 7/2/2004 and is a favorite of mine. As I type these words I am at the Brevard...

Musicians Make Better Listeners

A recent broadcast at National Public Radio features an interesting study presented at Neuroscience 2009, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. Operating on...

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

While practicing music, I mentally take note of areas that sound good, passages that sound OK, and passages that need more work. I try my...

Deeper insights 5: Quitting?

As a final point in this series of deeper insights related to raising a handicapped child it would be this: giving up is not...

Letters from my Teachers

Since the end of school I have been working on a major cleaning project at home, time to get rid of some things and...

Musicians as Actors

A former teacher long ago used to regularly remind me that musicians are like actors. Music is full of character and a good musician worth...

Innate talent? ‘No such thing’ says genetics author

For many years I held firmly to the belief that some people among us are extraordinarily gifted. They possess an extra serving or two...