Category Archives for Thriving Life

How to Find Inspiration

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” ~ Jack London Inspiration never just comes to me. It never has. Even with 8 years of intense music composing for college, I was not the rare breed that would be awoken in the middle of the night frantically trying to […]


Pick Yourself

I wrote an opera. Six years ago, of course.  But still, I feel it was a lovely accomplishment. After the University sponsored the performances and recording of the work a fellow music composition student approached me and lamented, “Gee.  I wish the University would have asked me to write an opera.” I could have laughed […]


Embrace Your Limitations

Igor Stravinsky was a radical.  It’s perhaps why I like him so much. The debut of his ballet, The Rite of Spring (1913), provoked a riot and changed the way music was written forever. In his captivating book, The Poetics of Music, he describes his terror of sitting down to compose a new piece and […]


Emotions are not Trendy

Catchy title?  I liked it.  The phrase came from THIS INTERVIEW with Eric Laurits. I typically don’t listen to these interviews, though I’m sure they’re are all just as awesome as this one. Something about the fact that Eric is a photographer with a degree in music seemed to obviously capture my attention.  Among some […]


Path OF Happiness

Expectations are a funny thing. Oft times I have found that I live my life according to them.  Expectations that I set for myself, and expectations that I imagine others have for me as well. Too often, my unhappiness is determined by these assumed expectations that I perceive others must have for me and my […]


The World is Not Fed on Prize Winning Tomatoes

I have a confession.  I’ve allowed myself to have negative thoughts this week.  The kind of thoughts that speak in sinister tones taunting me with their criticisms of my abilities. Perhaps they have visited you before as well.  They like to launch arrows to your ego with targeted hits like “You aren’t good enough!”  “You […]

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