August 17, 2017

Let The Elephants Run – book on creativity by David Usher

While visiting our local public library recently, I encountered a small exhibit of books about creativity. Obviously that caught my attention. Among typical ‘suspects’ like Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way […]
August 11, 2017

Alegria Moments – My Ever Lasting Music Loves

In the recent blog post I was writing about my falling in love with a song. My very recent experience. Obviously there are more songs and compositions, that have had a crucial impact on my musical taste, even on my life. So I have used this […]
August 2, 2017

What Elon Musk would like

“I suppose I’d like to play a musical instrument, that’d be cool.” Elon Musk, currently one of the most successful entrepreneurs, in response to the German journalists’ question about what talent he would like to have. (Watch his response at 12:51min)  
August 1, 2017

When You Fall In Love With A Song

A couple days ago my 8 years old daughter brought home a printed sheet with lyrics. It was a new song she sings in the school choir. She asked me to find and play it on the YouTube. Only a couple seconds into listening the song […]
July 25, 2017

The Power Of Music Lights Up Those Old Loving Eyes

Last evening we returned back from Europe. I wanted my children to see where I came from and to experience their grandmother, aunts and uncles. After years this was one of the best trips we have made. But also a sad trip. My mama Olga is […]
July 16, 2017

Dare To Play A Serenade For Your Love

In this time and age hardly someone expects you to go and play a favourite song under the window of your dream girl. Even less, to play a song or a music you composed yourself. Such a serenade could get you into a jail instead of […]
June 30, 2017

If Multitasking, You Do It Like Musicians.

If multitasking capability really exists, musicians must be the best multitaskers. Take, for example, the organ player in the Finale of the Symphony No. 3 from the French composer Camille Saint-Saens. He uses all his four limbs to play music on five keyboards – at the […]
June 22, 2017

How To Turn Your Music Practicing Into A Fun Experience

Making and playing music, or musicking, has become activity almost exclusive to properly educated specialists, also known as professional musicians. To prove the point, let me ask you a question: When was the last time you made a completely free choice to listen to some amateur […]
June 14, 2017

Why You Should Not Forget Your Music Education

Stress is damaging still younger and younger people. Now even teenagers. Average age in onset of depression is 13; it used to be 42! This interesting information presented neuropsychologist Dr. William R. Stixrud at the seminar on Transcendental Mediation organized by the David Lynch Foundation. He […]