My student Ori Moore is having a ball – playing clarinet, trombone, trumpet and piano on his multi-tracked album of seasonal favorites of original arrangements. Ori is a true Renaissance Man! From my composition studio to you, happy holidays! The link to Ori’s YouTube performance is in the first comment.
“Are you ready?”“Sure. Only I’m a bit nervous.”“That’s no problem. It’ll definitely fizzle out.”“Yeah.”“The lights are up. The stage is now yours. Best of luck.”“Yeah. Thank you.” She wore a floor-length sequined green dress matched with a pair of black stilettos. It was an electrifying performance. Everywhere was set ablaze. There was a thunderous cheer […]
Lottie could see she was becoming the unlikeable person to a greater degree, daily. Each time she opened her mouth, she said something vile, and whoever was within earshot seemed to like her a little less. These could be coworkers—these could be people she barely stomached (a compliment, trust me). Even if she didn’t say […]
My student Alex Moiseev grew musically by leaps and bounds during his Covid-imposed time at home. Isolation can actually work well for creative people with a passion! Now he’s a Senior National Finalist in the prestigious MTNA Composition Competition. I am delighted to be his mentor and teacher and friend.
I’m so proud of my student Raphi. He worked hard all summer “Piano Moods” piece, and finished three movements! He just became a National Finalist in the prestigious MTNA Composition Competition. Now he competes for the prize of National winner, which will be announced in late January. Cross your fingers!
“Honey, let’s put up the Christmas tree,” I heard Mom say.“Good idea,” smiled Dad. He disappeared into the attic and returned with a box with a picture of a tree on the front. He pulled a small tree from the box. Mom and Dad made it stand in the corner of the lounge. They covered […]
The hive is swarming with activity, every cubicle buzzing. Phones ringing, being answered, voices intermingling across the huge room, above the partitions. A sonorous murmuring meant to sound like efficiency, like productivity. The fluorescent lights overhead flicker, then glare again. The Manager stands in the doorway, smiling. The hum and bustle, the bright lights, the […]
Liam reaches across the table to take Sophie’s hand. “Happy?” he asks. “Happy, scared, excited, worried. I’m a lot of things right now!” “Don’t worry. We have a plan, remember?” Sophie relaxes and smiles. “Yes, and we’re creative, imaginative people!” She repeats their well-worn mantra. “We can do this.” Sometimes she thinks they must be […]
Sophie pulls the last damp sheet from the wicker basket and hangs it over the clothesline, corners squared off, edges free. She smooths the soft cotton, making sure there are no wrinkles. She reaches into the mesh bag, removes two wooden clothespins, and fastens the sheet to the line just as the wind begins to […]
Seasons turned into years, years into decades. Mary-Anne and Zack married, and had a daughter, Niamh. She lived in Australia with her husband, a marine biologist, and two children. They cared about nature too. Though in their seventies, Mary-Anne and Zack still loved to walk in the forest, though cataracts gave Mary-Anne’s vision a misty, […]
“Yes,” cried Mary-Anne and threw herself into Zack’s arms. Jax ran around them in excited circles and nudged in between them. Suddenly he saw it again, the strange, ethereal light emanating from the forest floor. He took off, racing across the forest floor, barking in welcome. Mary-Anne and Zack sprang apart and a smile spread […]
Summer had come to Sherwood and the forest burst with colourful life. The hedgerows filled with blush pink dog roses, swaying scarlet poppies, brambles covered in white blossoms, promising an abundance of fruit in autumn, intertwined by honeysuckle that smelled divine in the early evening air. Zack smiled as he watched Mary-Anne laughing at the […]