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Enough of the hoops

Posted on May 20, 2010
Jeez ... don't we all feel as if we're jumping through endless hoops to achieve what somebody else prescribes?


... if only it was that easy. hahaaha... NOTHING is ever as easy as it should be.

Shell games are easy when compared to the hoops one jumps through just to maintain the "status quo."

My Mom, who has, admittedly, had a very hard life, and is understandaby bitter and disillusioned and cynical likes to say: "shit in one hand and wish in the other - then look to see which hand is full." Bitter reality. Her message? easy: You can't count on a wish. Thanks, Mom.

You also can't count on hard work to get you anywhere - or anything. "No good deed goes unpunished." That's not just a cynical saying - it's actually true - and I've experienced it.

It's just the way things are.

Young talent

Posted on May 15, 2010
Jacksonville University hosted the Florida State Music Teachers' Association Concerto, Young Collegiate, and Ensemble competition today. It was a long, challenging day with unexpected rewards.

First, the level of playing by the young artists was astounding. Enviable fearlessness of youth!

... and then I met Maria Gomez. Oh, if you live in the Miami area you might recognize the name. It's a name I will never forget. I had to struggle to fight back tears as I told her how profoundly impressed I was with her student's performance of the first movement of Chopin's E minor Piano Concerto. ... her FOURTEEN YEAR OLD STUDENT'S performance. This young artist, a kid!, played with a sensitivity, a maturity, a command that most people who profess to have these qualities in spades can only dream of.

And best of all, Ms. Gomez is an unassuming, soft-spoken, kind and gentle teacher. I enjoyed watching her listen to her student - flying with each phrase, shaking her head at those powerful [...]
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... a dear friend who was grabbed by her devotion and sincerity and humanity and thumped around like a straw broom. Shameful.

High ground is reserved for but a few.

Perhaps James D. Miles said it best: "You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him."

A New Day ...

Posted on April 27, 2010
Some really great piano playing today from my class of students. Kudos (profound Kudos, actually) to Prof. Hubert's class, too. What a thrill!!!

Amazing things ...

Posted on April 23, 2010
I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to next concert season. So much great music to be a part of, including working with outstanding vocalists Bobb Robinson and Kimberly Beasley and violinist Marguerite Richardson in a program of music by Robert Schumann in November. There's a Chopin Piano Concerto in October, and the Chopin Cello Sonata in September. Later in March I'm looking forward to a return engagement with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra in performances of Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2, then in April a very special solo recital with Liszt's Sonata in B minor and Schumann's Fantasie in C major. Hope to see you!

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