Category Archives: Lessons

no wine before it’s time

Among the people I teach there’s always some who think one or two lessons and they will have it down.
Got storage locker while doing some cleaning up, reorganizing. Thought we might use it for 2 or 3 months, just got rid of it the other day, 4 years later.


a certain saught after bluegrass banjo aficionado
often gave interior dialogue advice
said people talk about what they don’t do right
what they wish they had done
if they paid attention they would see it wasn’t limited to studying music
how they wish to change their bodies
or their emotions
or their parenting
or their savings blah dee dee blah blah
said the mind plays tricks on you like living with a horrible radio station on in the corner and can’t turn it off – trick is to ignore the station and do your work don’t get hung up on stopping something that won’t stop, like having tinnitus, learn to fuggedaboutit.
I never played the banjo so I don’t know.

memory of a great man, not

Beethoven dedicated his 3rd symphony to Napoleon because Napoleon was associated with the French Revolution which Beethoven believed to be about radical hope, about altering the previous power structures. But upon hearing Napoleon ordained himself Emperor, Beethoven changed the dedication to “In Memory of a Great Man”. Since Napoleon decided he should be known as a king, Beethoven concluded the man he admired was dead. Like 200 years before the Sex Pistols wrote EMI.