My cat and Beethov, yo ✌️
Practice is fundamentally NOT about repetition and discipline – it’s fundamentally about listening and reflecting and noticing and exploring. Take your thinking away from an accuracy = perfection model. Music isn’t about being right, it’s about being human.
(via What To Do When You Make A Mistake | Elissa Milne)
Tonight’s setup for a concert of Stockhausen, Zorn, Ianni, and Schauer feat. a beautiful Steinway D
I can play a Bach prelude and fugue why am I single
Spent the evening with Takemitsu
Dmitri Shostakovich playing Piano Concerto No.1, 1940.
(From DSCH Shostakovich Journal)
Live music feeds us in different ways. When we make music with our own hands and our own breath, something nourishing happens. Experienced live — at home or at school, in a park or bar or concert hall or hospital room — harmonies elevate us and rhythms get into our bones in ways that can’t be replicated digitally.
When I sing a Mozart aria buoyed by a cushion of live orchestral sound, or listen to a kids’ chorus read through a gospel tune for the first time, I feel alive to what’s best in myself and in others.
I’m all for the occasional moment of subway iPod ear-bud escapism, but I also need live listening, collaboration and performance."
"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” - Albert Schweitzer