The Soloist: A story about good intentions, letting go, and other important things

A few days ago, I saw The Soloist; a fascinating movie about friendship, mental illness, music, family, homelessness, community dysfunction, and more.  This movie engaged me on a number of personal fronts, including conflict management, music, and community building.  One way it especially touched me was that it reminded me that even though we may […]

Festival of American Fiddle Tunes – 13 reasons why this event is great

Centrum, in partnership with Fort Worden State Park (located in Port Townsend, Washington) is a gathering place for artists and creative thinkers from around the world, students of all ages and backgrounds, and audiences seeking extraordinary cultural enrichment. Centrum promotes creative experiences that change lives. Kicking off my summer, I attended one such experience last […]

10 Lessons on collaboration as taught by our musical brain

Music has been with humans since we first became humans, it has shaped the world through six kinds of songs: friendship, joy, comfort, knowledge, religion, and love.   So demonstrates Daniel J. Levitin in his book The World in Six Songs – How the musical brain created human nature.  I read this book with interest.  I’ve […]