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And the great disconnect continues....

February 16th, 2018 at 6:37 pm

And now, tragically, 17 more people were killed in the latest school shooting in Florida on Feb. 14th, 2018.  Americans are killing americans, doing our enemy's work for them.  And how did the stock market react to this event?  It rose by 306 points! 

I am not saying there is necessarily a correlation here, but the circumstantial evidence seems to say that our collective conscience ends at our collective wallet.  I would further venture to say that until our financial markets feel the pain the rest of us feel from events like this, the carnage will continue.

As of this moment, all we're getting is lip service.

Tags: worldreflection


Two for the record books

February 9th, 2018 at 5:16 pm

Has America lost its mind and its soul?  How is it that on October 2nd, 2017 the day after the Las Vegas massacre, the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, the stock market hit a new record high?  Talk about a disconnect! 

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A tale told by an idiot...

February 9th, 2018 at 4:47 pm

American government now rests on the four pillars of blame, insults, threats and lies.  In the immortal words of Shalespeare, "It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

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.....As good as his word

January 29th, 2018 at 3:52 pm

If it's true that a man is only as good as his word, what does that say about our current president?

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The Fruit of Our Expectations

January 19th, 2018 at 4:21 pm

Much unnecessary unhappiness comes from the mistaken belief that the world owes us something.  This is especially true at the holidays.  Although rituals are an important part of human life, it is much better to let our experiences unfold without expectations and allow them to be what they are in the unique circumstances of the present, rather than what they were in the past.

Tags: personalreflection


Time to get your man pants on!

January 4th, 2018 at 4:24 pm

Okay.  So it's been a year since my last entry. Time to move on and augment my stoic resistance with an effort to breathe life back into the areas where I have the ability to do that.  I can fully and humbly accept that what I do, feel and think are almost totally irrelevant to the world at large, but the people getting the lion's share of the world's attention are sucking all the air out of the room.

And oh yeah....  Happy New Year!

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Capitalism trumps Democracy

December 28th, 2016 at 10:38 pm

Forget Love trumps Hate because capitalism has trumped democracy.  That's the real issue.   And how can anyone ever believe it when someone tells them that every vote counts when in 2016 there were 3,000,000 people whose votes didn't count.... 

Go figure.

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Up in the Air

May 22nd, 2016 at 11:21 pm

I am closing a chapter in my life in order to make room for the next one.  This chapter has run its' course and we're planning to leave Silicon Valley after 72 challenging months here.  Looking over the horizon to see if we can find that distant shore to call Home.  I've less than two weeks of teaching left and then free to explore the options. 

I'm having some very touching parting moments with my students which make me realize how much the time we have spent together was meaningful and is appreciated by them and me.  I am limiting my committments as much as possible in order to let the new life emerge slowly, gently, and naturally.  Many things are up in the air but the air is fresh.  Let's see where it goes...

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The Last Word

June 4th, 2014 at 4:35 am

....The endless cycle of idea and action,

Endless invention, endless experiment,

Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness;

Knowledge of speech, but not of silence;

Knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word.


.....Where is the Life we have lost in living?

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?

Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

                                                                                             - T.S. Eliot, Excerpts from Choruses from 'The Rock'


"The presence of that absence is everywhere."

                                               - Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Time and Tide: A Road Trip

May 16th, 2014 at 4:43 pm

After arriving in California four years ago, last month we were finally able to take our first, long overdue, whirlwind 10 day road trip back east to reconnect with family and friends, and it was great. 

We flew into Newark airport on Sunday around noon, rented a car and spent an overnight visiting my dad and step-mom at their new place in New Jersey. 

On Monday we drove from there to Portland, Maine where we stayed with a close friend, arriving just in time to go out for dinner with her and another friend at an old favorite haunt.

On Tuesday we went out to breakfast, took care of some business and I caught up with my daughter over some pizza as Betsy was treated to dinner with a couple of friends. 

On Wednesday after waking up to a light snow, we roamed the Old Port before going to see a designer's preview of a live stage production opening the following week.  What a treat to see so many old theater friends!  That night I had an outstanding time with my 2 sons at dinner together. 

On Thursday we went to lunch on the ocean at the Lobster Shack, drove back into town, had some steamers on the waterfront at J's as we reconnected with more friends, and then finished the day by going to Katahdin (another restaurant) to meet with theater friends again after their rehearsal ended.  (By now you must have noticed that eating out at good restaurants was a recurring theme.) 

After breakfast on Friday we bid a fond farewell to Portland friends, drove to my mother's in the Catskills and went out to dinner with her shortly after arriving there. 

We tried to make the most of Saturday in a country setting as our first and only real day of down time. 

Sunday was Easter which we celebrated with my mom, sister, niece and a close friend. 

On Monday we bid farewell to the Catskills and went to Manhattan where we visited with 2 nieces, a nephew and his wife, and my other sister before getting back to our hotel after midnight. 

Tuesday we took the train back to Newark Airport, returned our rental car and flew home. 

What a wealth of relationships we experienced, leaving me feeling enriched, strengthened, and humbled by the experience of seeing so many dear family and friends.


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Music In the Castle of Heaven

March 9th, 2014 at 12:28 am

When Bach improvised for a half hour for the composer Reincken on a theme of Reincken's, the older master responded by saying, "I thought that this art was dead, but I see that in you it still lives."  What a moving tribute to the young Bach who was not interested in merely replacing the older composer's ideas with newer ones of his own, but instead was invested in keeping something of value alive.

Anecdote from Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven by John Eliot Gardiner

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What really matters in 2014....

January 31st, 2014 at 8:05 pm to choose, and focus on the things that really matter, which are.....

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What are The Hidden Places?

December 17th, 2013 at 8:16 pm

The title and theme of my new CD for 2013 is The Hidden Places.  I have been engaged in a life long fascination with, and search for what I call the Hidden Places.  In general, they are those deeply personal, meaningful, and wondrous discoveries which we sometimes find only after great effort, and other times are fortunate enough to stumble upon.  The more of these you have discovered, the harder new ones are to find, which is why they seem to be more difficult to discover, the older you get. 

On my CD, the first hidden place represented through music is Chopin's expression of profound exasperation over the accelerating deterioration of his health during an intended holiday beset with continuous cold and rainy weather.  The second hidden place is Liszt's expression of self consolation following his friend Chopin's death.  The hidden places of the title cut are the tones themselves, arrived at through a searching and circuitous process.  The Hidden Places in the Easter Suite are embodied in Christ's parting, suffering, and sacrifice, but most of all in the Miracle of His Resurrection and Ascension.  In Paradise Lost, the Hidden Places are the Abyss, Paradise itself forever hidden from mortal sight, and the unknown challenges and opportunities which lay ahead of Adam and Eve after their Fall from grace.

Good luck in your search, and Merry Christmas!

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That's Entertainment

November 3rd, 2013 at 5:41 pm

As I flip through the hundreds of TV channels and internet outlets that are now available to us, it quickly becomes apparent that the world's disfunction has become our chief form of entertainment.  From sectarian violence to climate change, to public and private sector surveillance, to politicians, journalists, and reality TV celebrities constantly competing and haranguing each other over every imaginable topic it is clear that disfunction has now attained a real commercial value which perpeteuates more disfunction.  After all, if viewers will watch, and advertisers will pay for disfunction, let's give them more.  But take a moment and try to imagine where it all leads to.  If there is more financial reward in presenting disfunctional behavior, where is the incentive to make things better? 

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The Website as Art

October 8th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

My original and continuing intent is to shape this website into a multi media form of artistic expression through the inclusion of a broad array of creative forms.  If you take the time to explore this site you will find it rich in content including music, poetry, lyrics, photography, drawing, painting, video, and dramatic material.  These days there is so much information being generated on the web that the quantity of so called metadata has become the big sensation of digital media.  I have made it my goal to emphasize quality over quantity in order to make this website one that is worth your time to explore. 

When talking about the ancient library of Alexandria, Carl Sagan once said on the program Cosmos which aired before the advent of big data, that through the ages an enormous quantity of information, more than we could ever hope to read in one lifetime, has been generated and put into books.  The important thing is to find the right books to read.  True then, and true now more than ever.  As the haystack of trivial, inaccurate, and often negative content grows ever larger, the proverbial needle in it becomes harder and harder to find. 

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Website update in progress

September 11th, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Now that summer is almost over, I am working on the next generation of this website which will include major changes and/or additions to the composition spotlight, musical drama, gallery, and poetry and lyrics pages with lesser revisions to the home page and the customary updates of the news page.  There will be a new CD out by the end of the year, and I would like to draw your attention to as another online venue where you can listen to recordings of my work. 

I'd love to hear from you.  Thanks for being there!

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For George Duke

August 6th, 2013 at 9:35 pm

I was saddened today to learn of the death of George Duke, one of my favorite jazz, fusion, and funk keyboardists, composers, arrangers, and producers.  He was immensely gifted and leaves behind a great legacy of music.  Farewell George.  And thanks for the fun, feeling, and inspiration your music will continue to provide.   You will be missed.  Gone, but not forgotten.

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Midsummer Madness

August 2nd, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Amidst all the midsummer madness of 2013 I am drawn to look for wisdom, peace, and guidance in the words of others.  So I would like to share two quotes from jazz pianist and composer Bill Evans who said, "In art, do what is natural and fundamental to yourself," and "Intuition leads knowledge."


And so my life and art is a journey away from stereotypes as "the whirligig of time brings in his revenges."

- (Shakespeare from Twelfth Night


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The Wonderful World of Widgets

June 25th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Hi!  I just wanted to let you know that I have replaced all the music playback widgets on this website with a format that is compatible with both Windows and Apple operating systems.  I should have done this to begin with but am learning as I go.  Thanks, and hope you enjoy the new format!

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June 21st, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Thanks to everyone who took the time to visit and respond to my official web site launch last month.  Your feedback was positive, affirming and much appreciated.  The website was down for a few days from June 7 to June 12 while my website domain provider was trying to fix a problem of unknown origin, but everything is back up now and running smoothly.  Please stay in touch with any comments or suggestions, and have a great summer!

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