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A Small, Meaningful Act Can Lead to Great Things

I haven't done anything great that has had any kind of impact, except for one time. I did something small and easy, yet important. Several years ago, city council was going to cut funding to local transit. I was opposed…
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A New Year

I woke up thinking about new beginnings this Labour Day. For me, the first Tuesday in September has always been a new year. School resumes, I'm refreshed after the summer, and ready to get back into a routine.

I then…
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The "Simon" Method of Practising a Lick

I was working on a melodic phrase on the guitar today. I was getting a bit frustrated because I could play the phrase intuitively on the saxophone but not on guitar. Intellectually I knew it, but the guitar mechanics were…
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Lack Of Good Music?

I've seen the occasional post or meme about the lack of "good" music these days. As a GenXer musician and teacher, I know enough not to judge the taste of younger generations. I remember a time when my own generation's…
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Songwriting Contest

I entered a songwriting contest today, something I haven't tried in a long time. I had a couple of songs in the archives, so I decided to try it again with a labour song I wrote and recorded in 2009…
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Your Practice Area

As a music teacher, one thing I cannot control is the student's practicing environment, and the issue seldom comes up in a lesson. Therefore, I decided to make a video about it.

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Preparation

Today is the first day of a long weekend with three days of nothing on my schedule! This is gold, because today I was able to do a vocal workout, run through my set for next week's concert, and do…
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Making A Come Back

So, I am back at this again, after a long hiatus, trying to reboot the real music career that has eluded me. It's not that I have been inactive; au contraire, I've been very active but pulled in many directions…