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How to be Happy in a Troubled World

It’s been a month since I released my latest album, Happiness in a Troubled World. And while I have been appreciative of the positive and heartfelt feedback the album has received, having it “out there” has gotten me to think more deeply about specific practical things I’m doing to stay happy in these troubling times. […]

Happiness in a Troubled World album by Frank Horvat

Me and The Dalai Lama

Lately, I have been reading and re-reading The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD. I have never had the opportunity to meet his Holiness but after reading this book and him sharing his wisdom on life, I feel like I have. If you’ve […]

Music for Self-Isolation album recording at Roy Thomson Hall

Preparations Behind Something Big

My wife/manager, Lisa, and I have had a pretty constant routine these past bunch of years as we roll through different creative music projects. And we’ve been very lucky to have worked on a number of large projects in that time. But this latest one seems extra special! From January 11-13, 2021, we will be […]

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Finding Our Common Humanity

I’m currently reading the book, The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD. In Chapter 14, The Dalai Lama says… “If we appreciate our social nature and the need to work cooperatively with each other, naturally we will pay attention to others’ welfare. This […]

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Hopes and Dreams for 2021

Happy New Year! Here are my hopes and dreams for this coming year… Despite the threat of COVID, the flu or any other disease, everyone will get a chance to make themselves as healthy as possible so their body can fight off any pesky intruders that come their way. Everyone get’s a chance to feel […]

I'll be home for Christmas. If only in my dreams. (Photo by Chad Madden on Unsplash)

“I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams.”

In 1943, Kim Gannon and Walter Kent composed one of my favourite songs, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”. One of my favourite lines in the song is, “Christmas Eve will find me, where the lovelight gleams. I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams.” If only Gannon would have known how poignant their […]

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Positive Emotions and Building a New World

I’m currently reading the book, The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD. In Chapter 13, The Dalai Lama says… “This tendency to relate to each other on the basis of what differentiates us is so prevalent in today’s society. It’s given great importance […]

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My News Sources

In this day and age where the media’s integrity seems to be constantly questioned, I make it a point of ensuring that I regularly visit as many news sites as I can to ensure that I’m getting diverse points of views and frames of interpretation of what’s happening in the world. This includes local sources […]

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Inner Happiness, Outer Happiness and Trust

I’m currently reading the book, The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD. In Chapter 12, The Dalai Lama says… “Trust can contribute to one’s happiness on an individual level. A feeling of mistrust can lead to a suspicious, fearful attitude, and more mental […]

Small Business

Discrimination Against Small Business

Toronto, the city I call home, is presently under a lockdown due to a rise in cases of COVID these past number of weeks. Now when I use the term “lockdown”, that does not mean people are not allowed to go anywhere or all businesses are closed. In fact, if you want to go to […]

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Hope, Optimism and Resilience

I’m currently reading the book, The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD. In Chapter 11, The Dalai Lama quotes one of his favourite passages from Shantideva… “As long as space remains, as long as sentient beings remain, until then, may I too remain, […]

Scores

Settling the Score

For the past bunch of weeks, I’ve been partaking in a very mentally exerting, yet mundane, task…updating the scores and parts for ALL my compositions! With everything being more quiet than usual on the music-front due to the pandemic, it’s a perfect time to do it. And it’s long overdue. Ever since I was a […]

The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World by The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler

Coping with a Troubled World

I’m currently reading the book, The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD. In Chapter 10, The Dalai Lama states… “Much of our suffering in life is caused not by external causes but by internal events such as the arising of disturbing emotions. And […]