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  • MUSIC COMPOSITION UPDATE: 159 new works for solo piano written and performed in the last 6 months for live stream concerts and recordings +

    I've composed, arranged and performed a total of 159 new original compositions for solo piano during this last six-month period. Scroll down this blog entry to view the database of new pieces created for performance during 21 live stream concerts ("The Listening Experience"), listed by date, concert theme and composition title. Last week's detailed blog article AT THIS LINK tells the story of my 25 consecutive live stream concert events with in-depth information. These compositions are also listed on my Live Stream Page, featured in the song set list for each live stream concert in a gallery of text panels you can scroll through on the bottom of the live stream page. There is no way this level of creativity could have occured without the universal inspiration from George Russell (my composition mentor) and his enduring, prodigious Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, for which I am eternally grateful. The January, Read More
  • LIVE STREAM CONCERTS MILESTONE #1: Celebrating 25 Consecutive Solo Piano "Listening Experience" events +

    The live stream concert dedicated to "PoleStar" broadcast from my website on Sunday, December 13th, 2020 was the 25th consecutive solo piano concert since the inception on June 28th, 2020. Each and every Sunday I have presented "The Listening Experience" of all original music created to inspire and uplift audiences around the world. They have all been free-of-charge (donations accepted), with no log in or registration needed to view. The majority of concerts are one hour in length, consisting of 8 instrumental songs. I've composed, arranged and performed over 150 original compositions in these live streams during this six-month period.  View the database list of these compositions in different blog article AT THIS LINK. These compositions are always complied each week in the song set list for each live stream concert in a gallery of text panels on the bottom of the live stream page. Here's a screen shot. Many Read More
  • Music Documentary Film Review: "Hearing Is Believing" - Rachel Flowers +

    Although released as a full-length documentary film in 2017, I had not had the opportunity to see this movie until this week. Let me begin by saying that it is a very important film for everyone to enjoy and learn from, especially musicians. The focus is on Rachel Flowers. She is what a real musician looks like - in every way, shape and form. Her essence is one of purity. That's what this film means to me: music is purity. The purity of her soul made me cry tears of joy at the end of the film. She hears a sound in everything and in everyone. The title says it all. More than the familiar motto "seeing is believing," the truth is that "hearing is believing." This is in perfect alignment with my axiom that music is a gift given to all human beings to teach us to become better listeners. Read More
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Giving

As we observe and celebrate on this day, Thanksgiving day 2020, it is my intention in this blog post to share with everyone a list of the qualities of giving that we can nurture moving forward, pressing onward and upward. These internal attitudes of character and behavior represent the antithesis of narcissism.

Thanksgiving is a time to feel grateful and connect with gratitude, but besides the first part of the word "thanksgiving," the second part is more important, especially now with all the challenges we face as Americans and as human beings around the globe. Giving is what makes us human - whereby we feel that others are more important than ourselves.

When our own needs take a backseat to feeling empathy for the needs of others, we discover what being human can be. Let's listen to the silence (within and without) today and everyday as we keep on keepin' on, and pick one or a few of these qualities to life with self-actualization, consciousness and action. Hope this list is of some assistance in exploring what giving can do for us and others.

HAPPY THANKS-FOR-GIVING EVERYONE

modesty
self-abandonment
self-forgetfulness
selflessness
unselfishness
diffidence
humility
meekness
shyness
timidity
generosity
benevolence
charity
philanthropy
liberality
munificence
bounty
kindness
largesse
beneficence
altruism
magnanimity
bountifulness
generousness
openhandedness
reserve
insecurity
reluctance
self-consciousness
bigheartedness
largess
fear
timorousness
hesitation
hesitancy
bashfulness
sheepishness
openheartedness
constraint
unassertiveness
doubt
timidness
self-effacement
consideration
modestness
backwardness
introversion
humbleness
reticence
self-abnegation
self-sacrifice
thoughtfulness
restraint
apprehension
nervousness
unease
uneasiness
inhibition
uncertainty
self-doubt
gallantry
embarrassment
shame
lack of self-confidence
unpretentiousness
self-deprecation
discreetness
truth
lack of vanity
self-distrust
unself-confidence
egolessness
humilitude
realness
self-abasement
hiding
respect
carefulness
caution
simplicity
decorum
unobtrusiveness
coyness
propriety
demureness
lowliness
unostentatiousness
discretion
decency
quietness
down-to-earthness
lack of pretension