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Applying standards and modus operandi of musicians to others

We are so governed by our standards and modus operandi in our chosen professions that we subconsciously apply them to others when we probably shouldn’t. As a musician, I expect builders to be on time and finish what they started. … Continue reading

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Where to for Christmas

This time last year, I was a guest at Christmas. I was driven to a warm house whose owner cooked for several days for a family gathering. Blind trust has changed my well-laid plans from being a host to a … Continue reading

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The new normal: traffic disruptions and other “attacks”

What are the chances of being prevented from going somewhere because of an active shooter or bomb alert? We read about it in the papers, watch the aftermath on Facebook live video, or just miss it by an hour or … Continue reading

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Letting go and hanging on: the dilemma of wanting the wanted

Early in January, my pianist friend asked if I had the space to receive her restored Steinway Model B. It would be a win-win situation as she knew I was looking for a grand piano. Otherwise she would have to … Continue reading

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Extended kitchen extension with tension

“What are you doing in London?” “Waiting for my kitchen extension to start.” That was June 2017. The same conversation repeated itself in July. Little did I know this was the beginning of an extended chase with rising tension.

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Only You by Yazoo for ukulele and four-part harmony

During Freshman orientation week, I heard the Pitchforks sing a song that was so beautiful that I spent the rest of my life looking for the sheet music. When I eventually found a copy with piano accompaniment, I begged my … Continue reading

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Opus: Live is Life for ukulele

On my first trip to Europe, I heard a song in the Greek islands that roused me to get up and dance. Because I heard it everywhere, it became the single defining song of my first backpacking trip as an independent solo … Continue reading

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A novel to escape from reality

Dusk at 10 pm in London. As I sit in front of the dining room window, I see the silhouette of the tall trees behind my garden. I hear the hum of my refrigerator from the kitchen. I am finally … Continue reading

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Becoming a minimalist: ridding stuff to regain space and time

For a long time, I have wanted to simplify my life, let go of things, live with less, and free up space and time for what I really enjoy and desire instead of feeling like a slave to my possessions. I even … Continue reading

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Performing piano premieres: Nicola Meecham

Would you go to a concert taking place in a new venue you have never heard of, performed by a pianist you have never heard of, playing music that has not yet been performed much less recorded, written by composers you … Continue reading

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