Immanent Energy in Musical Theater

I am going into the second month of playing with the Ohio Light Opera in Wooster Ohio. So at this point I have been watching operetta dialogue scenes for more repetitions than I care to think about. And I have been wondering why some scenes draw me in time after time making me almost miss…

Technical Foundation in Service of Art

I recently finished season 2 of Chef’s Table and I realized something. All of the chefs being profiled – some of the most creative chefs in the world – have built their careers on a solid foundation of technical skill. This is probably my favorite show on Netflix. I have always regarded chefs as the professional soul…

Barkley Marathon Values

I recently watched a documentary about the Barkley Marathons, an ultra race in the back woods of Tennessee that turns out to be the craziest challenge imaginable created with the most awesome intentions in mind. The race is supposedly 100 miles but the documentary claimed it to be closer to 130.  It consists of 5…

The Singer Songwriter Affect

I recently attended a house concert hosted by a friend of mine.  One of the performers was a singer songwriter named Brooke Campbell whose songs worked so well in that kind of intimate setting. Definitely check her out at www.brooke-campbell.com. But I realized something about her music and about singer-songwriters while I was listening to her:…

Hearing and Recognizing: Prepared Flute

Most of the time, when we say that we are hearing something, we are more engaged in the act of recognition than we are in the act of hearing.  We can listen to Beethoven’s fifth Symphony and know that we are recognizing the sounds of an orchestra, classical music, and (for most) that particular piece.  I…

Look for Struggle (Japan Trip Log: Day 8)

My 8th day in Kyoto was the day of the Gion Matsuri Parade which, as I’m told, is the highlight of the summer in the city.  The Gion Matsuri (Gion Festival) originated as a purification ritual to appease the gods thought to cause natural disasters.  In 869, there was a plague that had befallen Kyoto….