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04

Nov

2015

Lost In Performance

Brilliant Chinese pianist Yundi (Li Yundi), youngest winner of the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2000, had a devastating evening according to Korean music critic Ilbum Chang  after attending his October 30th concert at the Seoul Arts Center. Yundi got lost when playing Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra  conducted by David Robertson. The […]

  • November 4 2015
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24

Sep

2015

I Spent The Night With Beethoven

I want to share something very personal. I spent the night with Beethoven. I felt immersed, involved, caressed by sound, energized, understood…………. I was absorbed deep within my private emotional orbit of pleasure, poignancy, and memory. I was oblivious to the world outside my own, although I was in the midst of approximately 2,000 people. […]

27

Aug

2015

Five Golden Rings

I will never forget my first memory slip. I was six years old. It occurred in my piano teacher’s studio. I had composed several short compositions and was recording them. This is what I remember. I lived in New York until I was 4 years old. My parents gave me a little white toy piano […]

  • August 27 2015
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06

Aug

2015

Is There a “Cure” for Stage Fright? Part I

Harold was the Executive Director of a philanthropic organization. Anita was a professor. Carol was a writer. Oliver was a musical performer. Bill was an elite athlete. Although they had never heard of nor met one another, they shared something in common. Each person suffered from haunting, debilitating stage fright. Harold presented his weekly and […]

  • August 6 2015
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15

Jul

2015

How To Increase Performance Anxiety!!!!

A number of authors have written about performance anxiety, including myself. Ideas about coping with this mental demon have included concrete suggestions and exercises, using medications, engaging in various kinds of exercise, nutrition, counseling, meditation, yoga, and professional psychotherapy or psychoanalysis. I have even heard that eating bananas will decrease performance anxiety. The list below […]

19

May

2015

You Can Do It!

Have you avoided doing something because you thought you were Not smart enough? Not thin enough? Not rich enough? Not talented enough? Not athletic enough? Not________(fill the blank) enough?   How often have you sold yourself short? Afraid to try a new challenge? On May 17, I did something I never thought I could or […]

17

Apr

2015

Is Overachievement a Threat to Your Mental Health?

  It got me thinking. That recent New York Times article by Frank Bruni (April 11, 2015). …teenage suicides in Palo Alto, California…pressures to succeed among young people…Center for Disease Control data showing an increase in suicides among young people between ages 10 and 24 in 2013 . http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/12/opinion/sunday/frank-bruni-best-brightest-and-saddest.html?_r=0. An underlying factor implied in these […]

23

Jan

2015

What a Black Cat Taught Me About Writer’s Block

I have writer’s block. I really want to write a blog. I enjoy writing. I have lots of ideas swirling in my mind. I can’t get traction with any of them. So I am going to write about my block and just see what comes up. Maybe some thought will emerge and unblock me as […]

  • January 23 2015
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28

Nov

2014

Meltdown

Thanksgiving 2014 is now over. It is my favorite holiday.  Thanksgiving marks the end of the heat of summer,  the arrival of  the crisp days and cold nights of fall, leaves turning radiant colors, and often a dusting of November snow. Work has been going full steam ahead. The idea of having a day or […]

25

Oct

2014

Ebola Anxiety and Mental Terrorism

World and national news has been horrific especially in the last couple of days. The lone-wolf terror attack in Ottawa and the ax attack on four policemen in New York just hours later  put more atrocities in national news. Scenes from Ottawa were replayed and incessantly analyzed on TV. I happened to be at home; […]