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September 23, 2019

I was reading a story in the Washington Post today about migrant children. In the process of detailing how a small town in Minnesota was dealing with a large influx of new arrivals, it described the trauma that these kids experienced on their journey, only to arrive so...

April 19, 2018

Maybe it’s because I’m still sleepy, or because it was so eventful, or both, that I see this past weekend as a beautiful dream; the kind of dream that lingers with you long after you’re awake; the type of dream that you know is more than a dream.

It started like any oth...

March 4, 2018

While having a conversation with a friend last week, the discussion moved from topic to topic till it got to the part where we talked of our plans for the evening and the weekend. Her plans were with her spouse and mine were with my writing. I said something to the eff...

February 24, 2018

“The best art is political and you ought to be able to make it unquestionably political and irrevocably beautiful at the same time.” (Toni Morrison)

If my art has nothing to do with people’s pain and sorrow, what is ‘art’ for?“ (Ai Weiwei)

“The artist’s job is to be a wi...

February 7, 2018

In preparing my piece “Into the Woods” for its Carnegie Hall premier, I had to make a few minor edits. It was interesting looking back at an old piece, particularly one like this, which is part of a much larger work. As I was editing, I rewrote a couple things, essenti...

January 12, 2018

"It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters." – Epictetus 

What do we do, and how do we react when confronted with, what we consider to be a negative or challenging situation? As artists, we have a unique opportunity to respond to the things arou...

December 14, 2017

After a couple of heavy posts I wanted to write something light for the holidays. I’ve been thinking about light a lot lately. As we approach the Solstice, that wonderful turning point where multiple traditions celebrate the rebirth of the light from the cosmic womb, t...

December 7, 2017

Today is the first day of my vacation from my day job till January. I love this time of year. It gives me a chance to focus on the music fully. I also have the time to go to the various museums here in D.C. and catch different exhibits. Ai Weiwei is  currently at the H...

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