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Joyful Practice

For the past month, I’ve been walking to my teaching studio at 6:30 every weekday morning to practice piano for 2 hours. The walk, approximately 20min in duration, has been dark and cold. You might think that this would be a very miserable and tedious endeavour. But on the contrary, I can’t remember a previous […]

Benjamin Franklin

Inspired by Big Ben

I’m presently taking a wonderful online personal development course called Lifebook. In it, the facilitator, Jon Butcher, brought up Benjamin Franklin’s Thirteen Virtues, a list of ideals and habits that Franklin mapped out for himself in 1726 when he was 20 years old. A sort of code to live by. I was so surprised that […]

Wood & Metal Bars recording session

Coming Around to What Goes Around

I have this routine where I listen to a new album each morning as I prep breakfast, do dishes and spend time on social media. Usually I pick albums to listen to from various award and prize lists – in other words, albums that are very critically acclaimed. Friday was unique because instead of listening […]

Green Party (Photo by Parker Johnson on Unsplash)

Vote Green!

Canada’s federal election takes place Monday, October 21. But I already cast my ballot last weekend at an advanced poll. I decided to vote for the Green Party. I voted for the Liberals last election getting caught up in Trudeau-mania 2.0. But this government has been an extreme disappointment. After promising to enact electoral reform […]

Goal Setting (Photo by S O C I A L . C U T on Unsplash)

Simple Goals

On our day off this week, Lisa and I sat at our kitchen table just chilling out and chatting. Out of the blue, Lisa nonchalantly asked me, “what are your goals for this coming fall?” Honestly, I felt a little blindsided by the question. It’s not that we never discuss goal-setting. Au contraire, being freelance […]

What I Did for the Summer (Photo by Matt Ragland on Unsplash)

What I did for the summer

I’m back home in Toronto after a 3-week artist residency at the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in southern California. It was nice to have a change of scenery though my daily routine stayed pretty much the same, which satisfied my obsessive-compulsive A-type personality:)! It was an extremely productive 3-weeks composing-wise. The main objective of the […]

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America, I Love You, But You Can Do Better

I’m completing what will be my longest stay in the United States, a 3-week wonderful experience at the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in Southern California where I have been composing new music. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people. Having great interactions is not unprecedented or surprising. In my previous trips to […]

What You Can Do About Climate Change (Photo by Muhammed Fayiz on Unsplash)

Fighting Climate Change…as guided by David Suzuki!

I really like the David Suzuki Foundation’s list of 10 ways we can all help fight climate change. I highly encourage you to read and share it. I find it to be a great resource and benchmark to assess where I’m at in controlling my own carbon footprint. Here are some things that stood out […]

Dorland Mountain Arts Colony - July 2019

Juggling Hour-Long Compositions

I feel very grateful to be in Temecula, California attending an artist residency at the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony. The plan was to compose a follow-up to my hour-long piano composition for the dark, Earth Hour. So far, a week into my 3 weeks here, I’ve been composing something else. It’s also an hour-long piece, […]

Spend Your Kids' Inheritance - Musical at the 2019 Toronto Fringe

Feeling Grateful to Spend Your Kids’ Inheritance

For the past few weeks, I’ve been very fortunate to sit in on rehearsals for the new musical, Spend Your Kids’ Inheritance. I’ve composed the music for this show. It’s been a part of my life for the past five years. I’m so happy to see it hit an important moment with its world premiere […]

Boyanna Toyich

Goodbye Boyanna

This week I received the news that my former piano teacher, Boyanna Toyich, passed away. When I saw the news flash over my screen, I was stunned and suddenly filled with an immense amount of grief. When I was a student at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music from 1993-97, she was a key […]

Raptors - NBA Champions 2019

Why Sports Has Made Me a Better Artist

The city and country I call home have become entranced by a game where you put a ball through a basket. And I too have been caught up in the frenzy of the Raptors becoming NBA Champions. On the surface, that doesn’t make much sense…why would a composer of modern art music care about sports? […]

Eurostar

Reflections on a European Adventure

From May 13 to June 4, Lisa and I were so fortunate to have a dream trip to Europe. It’s not like it was our first trip to Europe…we’ve been a bunch of times over the years. But this trip seemed extra special in that we had a chance to visit with people we admire […]