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Narcissism, Negativity, & Stress

The darker side of the music business.

Internet Meme: A Rage Comic on Rolling in the Mud and...

Regular readers will know already that I enjoy making silly cartoons and Photoshop renderings that are related to the French horn. Some previous efforts have...

Dreams and Nightmares Related to the French Horn

Even in middle age I still have fairly vivid dreams that I remember well after awakening. Some of these dreams are horn-related, and the more...

Time Out; Space is Good

When I taught school a common discipline strategy was time out. A misbehaving child could be culled from the flock and placed in a...

It’s Not Easy Being Green – or Stressed Out

The response and comments to "Are All Professionals Kind of … Jaded?" have been eye-opening and enlightening. My hope is that in opening this...

Narcissism: The Fuel that Drives Web 2.0 (II)

While it is believable that inherent narcissism may be inflamed by social networking, it is difficult to believe that something as fundamental as a...

Narcissism: The Fuel that Drives Web 2.0 (I)

Be afraid! Technology is the enemy! In researching and blogging on the topic of narcissism in the classical music business I have run across one...

That “N” Word Again – Narcissism

Another follow-up to a popular series. In writing Negativity, Narcissism, and More Thoughts on Narcissism, I did some investigating and postulating to figure out events...

Blago Switches Careers, Becomes Conductor

Now that the Illinois legislature has released the "Blago" from his governmental duties, he is free and clear to pursue other jobs of equal...

Suck Ups Suck

A report from the Onion. Warning - this report contains strong profanity. To me at least, what makes this so poignantly funny is that this parody...

Sour Grapes from NY Phil Trombonist

An op-ed and the first Jaded Clam for 2009. Amateur musician Gilbert Kaplan is not a professionally-trained musician but his 20-year experience with one composition...