Anything we do creatively can be considered a practice. So you might have a writing practice, or a painting practice, or your practice is dance, etc. I’ve had a few practices: writing, singing, acting, dance. While all of them are meaningful to me, at this age and life-stage I still have some affinity for both […]
Hello World 2.0
I haven’t written here for over two years. In blogging years that’s probably the equivalent of 20 years. It’s life man. It gets in the way sometimes. Where have I been? I have been busy during that intervening time – teaching, working as Associate Executive Director of Equity (the union for live performers in Canada) […]
The ‘Side Hustle’ – a dance that every creative needs to learn
I’m old enough to remember when ‘doing the hustle’ really was a thing that young people did. Now I was at the ‘kids table’ watching older kids do ‘the hustle’ but I ain’t so removed from when that was a thing. But that’s not the hustle I want to talk about. I want to talk […]
Adagio, ma non troppo, con affetto
This is the second post inspired by Beethoven piano sonatas. I have already discussed my pleasure with Allegretto, ma non troppo, now we turn to another goodie: Adagio, ma non troppo, con affetto. Adagio means slowly and suggests and emotional reading – though again we have that limitation of ‘not too much’ attached to it. […]
Allegretto, ma non troppo
This blog post title is inspired by a Beethoven piano concert I recently attended. The pianist presented several of the Beethoven piano concertos, all multi-movement works, with descriptive titles such as the one above. If your knowledge of musical nomenclature and/or Italian is rusty, it means ‘quickly, but not too much’. Allegro/allegretto also has a […]
At the moment I feel like a lot of my time as a teacher is railing against young voices that have been colonized by western elitist forms of vocalism. They have been taught rigid boundaries of what is acceptable vocalism which leaves students stuck in a narrow band of polite and cultivated sounds. They lose […]
Ready to do business #LikeACanadian?
So there is a campaign making the rounds to promote business values that are supposedly ‘Canadian’. Their pledge is: “We aim to unite Canadians around a values-driven, sustainable and inclusive economic development strategy as a competitive advantage and simply the modern way to do business.” https://www.dobusinesslikeacanadian.ca On one hand, this does come across as a […]
Moving At ‘The Speed Of Thinking’
People ask me when I am going to be finished my phd. How long is a piece of string, is usually my response. I’m not being glib, I just don’t know. I know it’s taking longer than I thought. I know it’s taking longer than I’d like. I know it’s taking longer than I hoped. […]
Are we being upfront about the risk?
Today I paid a visit to the bank to sit with an advisor. My current work as a part-time Professor at a college does not have a pension scheme and I wanted to open up an investment vehicle in which I could stash a few dollars each month towards buying myself diapers and gin […]
Can We Ever Really Come Home?
I’ve been asking myself that question for much of the past year. If you don’t know my story, I grew up in Canada. In 2002, I moved to the UK. In 2018, I moved back to Canada. I was gone for 16 years. In that time, I built a new ‘home’. I became a citizen […]
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