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12

Sep

2018

I GOT LOCKED IN THE BATHROOM

I got locked in the bathroom last night. I bet I also just got your attention. Why am I writing about this experience on a blog about stage fright? Here are some details of my misadventure. I think you will understand. Last night, we were about to sit down for a family dinner at our […]

  • September 12 2018
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15

Aug

2018

ATTITUDE: TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT YOURSELF!

I lost my dear friend and colleague, Roy Schafer, on August 5. He was a few months short of turning 96 years old. Roy Schafer, psychoanalyst/psychologist extraordinaire and recipient of numerous prestigious awards, is known for his original work that helped people find their inner voice by telling their personal life story (or narrative). All […]

  • August 15 2018
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09

Jul

2018

YOU COULD NOT MAKE THIS UP…………….

While this blog is about a recent experience of mine, it feels somewhat self-serving in light of the trauma that is being lived currently by the parents and children who are separated at the US border as well as the soccer team in Thailand waiting for rescue. My heart goes out to these brave people. […]

14

Jun

2018

PARTS UNKNOWN

Last week, within days of each other, we lost two beloved and admired public icons: Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Both died from suicide. Both were at the pinnacle of their careers and success. Or so we thought. While I did not know either celebrity personally, I felt a jolt, a sense of loss, sadness, […]

20

May

2018

YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE!!

The late, great comedian Jack Benny (who was also a very fine violinist) was known for his (supposed) stinginess spending his own money. In a classic TV skit, Benny was accosted by a robber who commanded him to stick up his hands and demanded “your money or your life”. With his characteristic lengthy pause that […]

01

May

2018

THINKING AND FEELING ABOUT PERFORMING

Performing is not only about playing the music or giving a talk or taking a test. Performing also reveals thoughts and feelings about yourself which, in turn, have an impact on your comfort and competence both on and off stage. In our emotional lives, both unhelpful and helpful thoughts (note: not good and bad thoughts) […]

08

Apr

2018

HOW TO INHIBIT SUCCESS IN MUSIC STUDENTS

A decision to pursue a career in the performing arts is a lifelong and complex undertaking. Musicians begin instrument lessons in early childhood, when the ego and talent are developing simultaneously. During these young vulnerable years and at any age, music teachers and schools can inhibit their creativity, musical and personal growth by emphasizing various […]

19

Mar

2018

A REVISED DREAM: JOURNEY FROM PIANIST TO AUTHOR

I first entered The Juilliard School as a piano student when I was 17 years old. Embarking on a life’s dream since childhood, I was on a journey to become a concert pianist. I did not really know what that meant, but I envisioned playing piano on stage, performing gorgeous music I loved, and wearing […]

01

Jan

2018

Resolutions and Re Solutions for the New Year

I am writing this article on New Year’s morning, 2018. I woke up today and welcomed the new year with the thought of making some resolutions – a ritual that is common for many of us. Have you made any yet? Accomplished any so far? Broken any? Writing this blog has been on my mind […]

21

Dec

2017

ARE YOU A GENIUS?

In the movie Genius, while mulling over his comments on a manuscript by Thomas Wolfe, editor Maxwell Perkins (Max), ponders, “do my edits make his writing better or just different?” As we learn in the movie, Max, who worked closely with F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, helped talented young author Thomas Wolfe shape his […]

  • December 21 2017
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