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Special Band; Bob Siebern RIP; Lock Down

Yesterday I traveled to my musical hometown of Hartford to play a concert at the Artists Collective.  Onstage, as a huge portrait of my teacher Jackie McLean smiled down on me, Vic Juris, Bob Cranshaw and Steve Johns, we ventured…

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Paw Points

I have two cats. Their favorite cat litter is Fresh Step, which offers a "Paw Points" coupon on every box.  It's always been an ambition of mine to collect the Paw Points and exchange them for items in the Fresh…

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LAST NIGHT AT THE DEER HEAD

Steve: What was the name of that tune?

Me: Rhythm-a-ning.

Steve: Thank you! We've been wracking our brains!

Bud: I don't think it's Rhythm-a-ning.

Me: Would you care to make a small monetary wager?  Say, a hundred bucks?

Bud: Ten…

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PERSONAL POWER

The world wants you to validate yourself according to ITS standards--not your standards.  When you are constantly measuring yourself against what you are being told by the media, or by other people, you're letting them be in charge of you. 

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COULD BE GREAT IF SHE WOULD PRACTICE

I've been playing the clarinet for 45 years.  I should be better by now!  When I started playing saxophone I practiced like crazy, but I let the clarinet slide a bit. 

The saxophone and the clarinet are entirely different creatures…

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LISTENING IS THE KEY

I'm not into politics, but I would be stupid if I didn't acknowledge that political decisions directly affect my way of life as an individual.  Therefore, I observe political trends so that I don't get caught up in any of…

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A = 432 hz

I've been delving into the 432 Movement for a few days now.  Apparently this is a fan-driven movement and the musician community has largely not picked up on it.  Obviously there is a market out there for music created by…

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Harry Speaks From Beyond The Grave

Harry Speaks From Beyond the Grave
    by Sue Terry

    I recently had a session with a medium who came highly recommended as someone experienced in communicating with those who had passed from the Earth plane.  She was very good; I…

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Transferring Exercises to Different Instruments

If other doublers are like me, they have certain exercises they do on certain instruments.  But they don't try those exercises on their other instruments, even if it would be an easy switch. 

Last night at the Deer Head Inn…

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IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO JUST BE GREAT

    My mind keeps returning to the 22 year old chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen.  I wrote about him in my book For The Curious.  If you don't know who he is just Google him; he's the number one ranked chess player…

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UFO Trio

Last year I started a "series" at the Deer Head called Meeting of Musical Minds. The first event featured myself with the great trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, with Bobby Avey (Thelonious Monk composition competition winner) on piano, Evan Gregor on bass…