Sound & Silence

An Unusual Musical History

By on November 05, 2012 / Leave a comment

  I’ve composted an entire musical career. All the classical piano training I received as a child, the master classes as an adult performer, the Royal Conservatory teaching practices seemed far behind me, part of another lifetime… or at least that’s what I thought. Then a year ago, after the last round of renovations as …

Singing our Way Home

By on June 08, 2011 / 6 Comments

 (Published in the Vaughan Citizen, June 12th) In my last column, I explored the idea of coming home to ourselves through silence. In this one, I want to consider our home as a vast, singing world. Here’s the big picture. Scientists have recorded the sound of the earth, a low fluctuating hum. Even lower tones …

Coming Home through Silence

By on May 25, 2011 / 8 Comments

(Published in the Vaughan Citizen, May 29th) On May 4th, Jian Ghomeshi started his morning radio show recounting the hectic events of the previous weekend — Canadian election results, Stanley cup games, Osama bin Laden’s death, and the highly-anticipated Royal Wedding. Jian said, after this very intense time, let’s all just breathe together, and chill… …

Song is Not a Luxury

By on March 11, 2011 / 3 Comments

    You must meet the outer world with your inner world or existence will crush you. Mark Nepo; the Exquisite Risk Lately, I have been contemplating the power of song as I prepare for the monthly sound circles, Mark’s words resonate so deeply with my own knowing — that  Song is not a luxury. …

Silence – a Hit Single?

By on December 12, 2010 / 2 Comments

  John Cage’s famous composition of 4 1/2 minutes of pure silence, Cage Against the Machine, is on the list for the coveted top-selling single in Britain this Christmas. 4’33” is performed by 40 musicians in what the producers called an ‘incredible atmosphere in the studio.’ Not even available for download or radio play yet …

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