Category : Behind the Curtain

Mindfulness and Music Making

Mindfulness and Music Making

“This piece is about music, Jeff. It’s not about you.”  So said Frederik Prausnitz, my conducting teacher, in a conductor’s orchestra session at Peabody Conservatory. My younger self, upon hearing this comment, did not know how to respond properly. I did what I usually did – I got angry and beat up on myself. There [...]

Classical Music – The Original Hipster Soundtrack?

Classical Music – The Original Hipster Soundtrack?

Walking into the café where I occasionally work, I heard some of the strangest music I’d ever encountered in my life. There was the sound of a really out-of-tune guitar and a lone, disembodied voice singing in what sounded like random fashion. And that was all there was. The music was haunting, startling, and compelling all at once.

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