Acting vs. Lying

In fear, we are acting on fiction and in love we are acting on truth – Richard Gerber Some people call actors “professional liars.” I can understand where that idea comes from, especially when half…

Persistence is the Key to Growth

I did not want to be sitting here this morning. I have been feeling less than stellar over the last couple of days, and I was up late last night getting homework turned in. I’m…

Make More Mistakes

During a piano lesson the other day, my teacher said to me, “you strike me as the kind of person who doesn’t like to make mistakes.” What he had observed is that when I was…

The Power of Awe

I use the word “awesome” a lot. Too much, really, but I love inspiring things and I’m always on the lookout for them, so perhaps that’s why. But the feeling of awe isn’t something that…

A New Era for the Libertarian Party?

I spent this weekend cleaning my house, doing homework, and watching the 2022 Libertarian National Convention. I am not a Libertarian Party member, although I was years ago, nor do I put much stock in…

Love The Art in Yourself

“Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art.” –Konstantin Stanislavski I love this quote. To me, it separates the artists from everyone else. You can always tell the artists who love the art…

How Theatre Can Change the World

I wasn’t always a theatre kid. I wanted to be a singer more than anything, the next Debbie Gibson (if you remember who that is). But my mom took me to see Les Miserables and…

Labeling is Dangerous

In music theory yesterday, we were talking about harmonic analysis, which is mostly what we talk about, but we were discussing the differences in styles of analysis, or more specifically, how we can analyze the…

Music and Meaning

I began my music theory class yesterday, and what I love about it is that my professor is very interested in the meaning behind music. In fact, he recently presented a paper on the topic…