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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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Why do humans make art? There are many ways to answer this question. We can ask ourselves, other human beings around us. We can take brain imaging scans to try and trace neural patterns associated with the desire to paint, write, or sing, and we can look into our history to reveal ourselves. Looking at

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“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” ―Aldous Huxley Music in our modern world is more than entertainment. Knowing what kind of music someone enjoys can tell you a lot about them. Nearly all religions today use music as a tool of worship in some way, and music seems to

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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

A musical heartbeat. “The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” – William Morris Have you ever become aware of the smallest thing, only to realize that the little thing you’ve become aware of has the largest repercussions in your life?  In fact, it is

Behind the camera. Today we wrap up Part 2 of our exploration of a few pieces from photographer Qi Wong – be sure to check out Part 1! 1 of 3   Qi: This was shot was taken at 7AM right after sunrise about an hour away from Los Angeles. Driving by, this location caught my

Understanding a foundation of music. “One chord is fine, two chords and you’re pushing it, three chords and you’re into Jazz.” – Lou Reed Chords and chord changes are one of the dominant auditory features in our modern music making.   The ability to distinguish when a chord change occurs, and how chord changes are

Behind the camera. Qi Wong is a photographer with a keen eye for capturing and creating expressive vibrance in seemingly simple shots. Multicultural and bilingual herself, Qi has travelled the world taking pictures and building a worldliness of cultural immersion that lives in her art. Qi’s work speaks deeply to the dynamism of humanity: the

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

Kanye West Kanye West, rapper, producer, singer, song-writer, performer, and media artist – an artist much loved and much hated.   West’s constant media coverage of his relationships, outlandish remarks, or offensive behaviors has created a strong fan base of people who do not like him, but love his music.   Kanye West is an