How to Kick The Blues, or, A Chance Meeting with a Living Louisiana Music Legend.

It’s been a tough couple of weeks for me and, I think, for a lot of people.  One day recently, I had a meeting that was really demoralizing and left me in a total funk where nothing would spark my interest.   Fortunately, the next morning, I had my own piano lesson (a two-hour workout on…

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Playing musically through the use of adjectives, metaphors, and imagery

I.  Summary of recent article and its suggested exercise I recently read an article that suggested a few exercises to help musicians play with more musicality.  The first exercise involves brainstorming a list of adjectives – at least 100 adjectives so that you (or the person you are directing to do the exercise) is forced…

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Louis Moreau Gottschalk – Creole composer and virtuoso

New Orleans-based Romantic composer and virtuosic pianist.  I’ve created a playlist on Spotify, which I’ve been enjoying this lovely afternoon. From Wikipedia: Gottschalk was born to a Jewish businessman from London and a Creole mother in New Orleans, where he was exposed to a variety of musical traditions. He had six brothers and sisters, five…

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