A Storm in the Brain

Devour Your Spectacularity!

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The 25 Most Beautiful Scores to Write To

The 25 Most Beautiful Scores to Write To

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What an amazing collection! I am definitely going to use them in the future. Thanks to The Collective for compiling!

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I don’t talk about music often. I listen to it constantly, and my tastes are eclectic, but there is something very personal about the melodies that speak to me. Music is vital to my creative process, and as a writer, I find it…

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Good Night, Dear Souls – September 22, 2014

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Today I was brave.  Today I was very brave. It’s not the time yet to talk about the details, but I have to say–brave is scary.

You know the old truism: “Bravery is not the lack of fear.  Bravery is feeling the fear and moving forward anyway.”  For the last few weeks, I’ve been fighting enormous fear.  I’ve been fighting dread and self-doubt.

I’ve been hovering near the edge of the cliff,…

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A Definite Lack of Cool

Still reading Anna Deveare Smith’s Letters to a Young Artist.  I intersperse it between other reading, allowing my subconscious mind to digest and process the information in its own time.

Today, I read an amazing quote from her March 2003 letter entitled “Urgency:”

Don’t even bother coming out onstage–or doing anything in the realm of artistic communication–if you don’t have a sense of urgency. …

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Good Night, Dear Souls – September 14, 2014

PennyMoon

On the subject of acting one’s age….

I just read an amazing article on a group of older women reclaiming the fashion world for themselves.  Now, I won’t lie.  I know not of fashion.  I am a fashion illiterate.  But I do know something about people, and I love love love that these women are defying ageism in a powerful and enthusiastic way.

You see, it occurred to me, just a few days ago, that I…

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When is “Enough” Enough?

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My wife Kathryn and I have very different concepts of comfort and wealth.  We both enjoy eating out and traveling.  Kathryn, Taurus that she is, is a little more fond of material goods than I am and is not ashamed to admit it.   I, on the other hand, will gladly spend my cash on experiences–good books, music, theater, etc.  Neither of us is going to spend $13K on a dog, like a certain peroxide…

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Sharing: Middle Age Malaise By Charles Dowdy

Sharing: Middle Age Malaise By Charles Dowdy

Just wanting to share a post by a blogger I follow, Charles Dowdy.  It’s a wonderful reflection on middle age and how we can never let ourselves to continue looking down.

 It is easy to get caught up in the past, and the things that did not happen. It is easier still to get caught up in life’s routine and the things that always happen. What I have to is remember that my path is not set in stone.…

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Good Night, Dear Souls – September 12, 2014

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Driving to work this morning, I heard a piece by composer Aaron Copeland that was new to me.  I’ve always had a wide-open space in my heart for Copeland, who along with George Gershwin, represents in my mind the quintessential American spirit.  In contrast to Gershwin’s jazzy style, sometimes frenzied, sometimes languid, Copeland’s style always spoke to me of endless spaces, crisps lines, and…

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Opportunity Rising: September 11, 2014

Today is the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 bombings.  I remember where I was when I learned of the attacks, as pretty much every American above a certain age does.  I also remember one of the first things I thought, after I was pretty sure it wasn’t the beginning of World War III:

Oh, man, are the whack jobs ever going to capitalize on this!

And I was not wrong.  In the immediate aftermath of this…

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