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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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29

Nov

2017

Count Down: Managing Stage Fright

It is still November, but to me it almost feels almost like New Years Eve. I can imagine the Ball dropping at Times Square in New York at the stroke of midnight on Jan. 31. I am counting down now ……to November 30. The words of the song “Something’s Coming” from West Side Story come […]

14

Nov

2017

Kermit the Frog Manages Stage Fright

  His voice was raspy and his speech was tentative on the phone when he called to inquire about meeting with me. He sounded anxious as he explained that when he sang in public he warbled and croaked. He said he felt nervous, depressed and blue. He identified himself only as K. We scheduled an […]

01

Sep

2017

Back to School Anxiety and Performance Anxiety

I overheard the following conversations recently: Two teens are talking in an ice cream shop: Teen1: I got just the class schedule I wanted for next year but now I hear they are making changes, and I worry that I am going to have my classes mixed up. I won’t be with my friends if […]

  • September 1 2017
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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 […]