Archive for the ‘Art of Living’ Category

What is a practice? For musicians, practice is a way of life – a constant companion on our musical journey. Amongst creative colleagues, I’ve noticed the same obstacles and difficulties when it comes to practice. Whether it’s yoga, dance, hitting the gym, or meditation all cultivated practices seem to generate the same issues. The first

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New emotions. We’ve all heard the apocryphal stories that Eskimos have dozens of words for different types of snow. While that may not be true (in fact, Inuit languages describe snow and ice very similarly to English), there exists an even more mind-bending aspect of language differences:
 untranslatable emotions. Artist Pei-Ying Lin created a composite

On looking deeply. The practice of appreciating and looking deeply into works of art is identical to the practice of appreciating and looking deeply into fellow human beings.

Same practice, different medium. When we first look at a painting, we see the individual brush strokes, the colors, and so on.  These sensations, our first impressions, are

1 of 8   Sixth collection! Bite-size harmonies of poetry and visual art; expressions of life, truth, and wisdom; snippets to breathe inspiration, wonder, and beauty into your being. If you’ve enjoyed these, revisit the previous Snippets of Beauty collection! Is there a quote you think would make a great Snippet of Beauty? Tell us in

Held back by what we like. Take a moment to recall some of your favorite music.  What is it that has this music stand out to you as near and dear to your heart? Of course, in part there must be some sort of a gut reaction of pleasure, but in addition it may be

1 of 8   Fifth collection! Bite-size harmonies of poetry and visual art; expressions of life, truth, and wisdom; snippets to breathe inspiration, wonder, and beauty into your being. If you’ve enjoyed these, be sure to check out the next Snippets of Beauty collection – and revisit the previous one! Is there a quote you think

The Duke says it best. Duke Ellington, April 29, 1969 – upon receiving the presidential medal of freedom: “Thank you very much, Mr. President. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. This is the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And the word “freedom” is one, coincidentally, that we are using at the moment in our sacred concert. And,

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Fourth collection! Bite-size harmonies of poetry and visual art; expressions of life, truth, and wisdom; snippets to breathe inspiration, wonder, and beauty into your being. If you’ve enjoyed these, revisit the previous Snippets of Beauty collection! Is there a quote you think would make a great Snippet of Beauty? Tell us in the comments, and

Relaxing those creativity-cramps. It happens to the best of us. Sometimes it lasts for a few hours; sometimes it lasts for a few days; sometimes it feels like it’s been sitting on our hunched backs, freezing the pen in our hand (or our hands over the keyboard), for a few lifetimes. Writer’s block.
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Third collection! Bite-size harmonies of poetry and visual art; expressions of life, truth, and wisdom; snippets to breathe inspiration, wonder, and beauty into your being. 1 of 8   If you’ve enjoyed these, enjoy the next Snippets of Beauty collection – or revisit the last! Is there a quote you think would make a great Snippet