Three weeks ago we screened the film Alive Inside for the songwriting class. It’s about dementia seemingly interrupted by listening to music. Hoping to remind the students, even though schools […]

it is incredible how one’s reflexes take over when something sudden happens and how defensive moves enact quicker than one’s ability to think about any of it, making fun of […]

Made it to the Tranzac’s open stage Monday evening, finally filmed Maria Kasstan singing her song about the lack of accountability in the Toronto Police Department following her husband’s heart […]

sometimes, there is a question I ask people I’m recording and often the same question comes up in songwriting class. not trying to upset anyone but sometimes people get awkward […]

most people who call me for lessons go for the buy five at once deal, because there is a discount. new student, hard to figure out whether i am of […]

When I was young I thought people older than me probably were much different but over and over it seems reality is that the kid you started out as, remains […]

In the cafeteria at the University, the cashier who I buy tea from each week, asked me “do you teach philosophy?” (must be the beard) I replied, “No, I teach […]

Only 5 classes left. Today’s presentation on Lauren Hill, should be good. Suggested other course ideas if they want me to return. Stravinsky, Sun Ra and Sonic youth: spot the […]

Of the submissions from the “write a bad song” assignment, most did creative interesting things. Some even said they learned something. One woman transformed an old curse from an exboyfriend […]

At an informal composers meeting people discussed the latest films they were working on and one guy said he was asked to score a science fiction feature about a planet […]