I've always felt a bit "less-than" because the mechanics of music theory are not clear to me. I've had many music lessons over the years, I can read music and play piano and flute a bit, but I am just in awe of those keyboard artists who can look at a lead sheet and immediately play wonderful accompaniment. There are musicians who can transpose songs, and musicians who can look at a song without chords written in and immediately write a lead sheet if necessary. And then,--- those jazz musician of every…Read more
It is November, the month of thankfulness. I recently led discussions in several classrooms of first- and second-graders, children in the 6-8 year old age bracket.
“What does it mean to be grateful?”
A few hands were raised, ”Umm…it means to be nice??” “Is it something about Christmas?” “I know..., if you push someone down then you should say ‘Sorry’.”
I offered examples of gratitude, and understanding dawned on the little faces. In one class I said, “I am so grateful that we are all here together…Read more
“Where ever you go, there you are.” When I first heard this quote it took me a minute to “get” it.
I’ve thought about it now and then over the years. Now I realize that my environment may change, but I will still be the same person with the same good qualities, plus the same procrastinations and fears, no matter where I travel or live. Even if I had a boatload of money coming in every month and lived in a well-appointed cottage on the Oregon coast, I would still be struggling with stabilizing my mood…Read more