Fast Starts And Big Results

01.06.2014 Music

The fingertips of my left hand are painful and sore. I bear it as a sign of progress. My mother gave me a ukulele for Christmas. I had another for Christmas many, many years ago, a Sears and Roebuck model from sometime in the 60s. I had fun with it, but that was long ago. […]

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Monday Challenge: Listen, Really Listen, To New Music

12.30.2013 Music

I can be a snob about music. I find that most of the things that are popular today are complete junk. Most aren’t even real songs. They’re performances. You couldn’t take most hit singles from the current top 40 and have another singer do them in a completely different way. And too many of the […]

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The Higher Calling Of Art

10.07.2013 Art

I am an artist. I am a writer and playwright. My two daughters are artists. One is a musician and the other a painter. I know many artists at many different stages of their development. When I hear an artist bemoan the fact that they can’t make a living doing their art I understand what […]

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One Hit Wonder

10.02.2013 Books and Literature

I greatly dislike the term “one hit wonder.” The very fact that someone made something that you know is astounding and wonderful. They had a hit song. They published a book. They made a movie. They wrote a play. Just one. Only one. But that one thing was great. Why do we insist that greatness […]

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Not Every Child Needs to Learn How To Code

07.16.2013 Technology

I’ve seen a lot of people talking lately about how important it is for every child to learn to program, to code. I disagree. I think that it’s very important for children to make art and music, to learn to read and write very well. I think that it’s essential that children learn that the […]

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