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Word of the Week - Heat

Word of the Week – Heat

First there was “Pickle“, then “Red“, now we’re on to “Heat”. I have a varied history with heat. When I was a kid, I was a bit chubby and enjoyed playing sports, so I was hot and sweaty often. Now into my adulthood, everything has reversed. I’m often chilly even in the summer. Lisa and […]

What would you do for love?

What Would I Do For Love?

I’m thinking a lot about love today as it’s Valentine’s Day. Also, I just added a new composition for trumpet and piano appropriately entitled, What Would You Do For Love?, to my online portfolio. So it got me to thinking about my own personal answer to that question. For the sake of simplicity, I will […]

American Flag

Oh America

Oh America, You’re scared You don’t eat well Your TV box is littered with ads that kill you You’re paranoid You’re drowning in stuff as you demand more Cancer is your holocaust and you do nothing about it You listen to people who make you hate others You’re sad You don’t exercise You don’t feel […]

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Why is Cursing Bad?

From One Frank to Another Recently, I watched a documentary on Netflix about Frank Zappa. This was a treat as Zappa’s music has always been a big influence on my own musical output. I also respect Zappa’s candour and how he used his own music, media appearances and writing to espouse the ills, stupidity and […]

Getting older gracefully

Stop with this “I’m Getting Old” Crap!

Lately, I’ve been watching the TV series, Louis, starring the stand-up comic, Louis C.K. (great show BTW!) In one of the episodes, he went on a rant about how he’s 42 and from this point on, life is only going to get worse, especially health-wise. This caught my attention as I’m presently 42. And it’s […]

Frank Horvat's New Year's Resolution

New Year’s Resolution

Well, I was going to have to break eventually. For the past 3 years, other than the odd day off once per month, I’ve been working every day. Yes, all 7 days per week! And despite doing all the right things like going for walks, meditating, eating healthy food, sleeping 8 hours and having downtime […]

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016

Frank’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016

As you get drunk on eggnog and roast your chestnuts on an open fire this Holiday Season, I invite you to also read (or re-read) my most viewed blog posts from this past year. It’s very fascinating to see what caught your attention the most… 10. Seclusion, Turning 42 and the Bucket List (April 1) […]

Random reflections on 2016

Random Reflections on my 2016

I’ll be honest and say I’ve never been a fan of “year-in-review” thingies. I don’t know why that is. Perhaps because I’m always thinking and dreaming about future possibilities and opportunities. Maybe it’s also because of my depression and having a hard time celebrating anything I may have achieved in the past. So that’s what […]

Frank Horvat in Studio at Canterbury

4 Albums, 1 Year – Update #7 (final)

Back in June of this year, I started this monthly blog series sharing the progress of my efforts to compose, produce and fund 4 different albums of my compositions, all simultaneously, in the short time span of a year. After much thought, I’ve decided to make this the last post in this series, for 3 […]

Red Song Titles

Red

Back in July on Facebook, I asked my friends to type the first word that came into their head. The very first word was “pickle”. Promptly, I wrote a blog post about that. The second word shared was “red”. I’m finally getting around to talking about that! I like red but I will admit it […]

Schedule of a Live-aholic!

Schedule of a Live-aholic!

People often ask how I do so many different things in my musical life. I often curtly reply, “it’s easy…no kids, no house, no money and I’m home all day… So what else is there to do?!?!” But time management is something I’ve always been cognizant of in my life. I’ve touched on this in […]

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Proud to be a Momma’s Boy!

I’ve previously used my blog to talk about how special my mom is to me. A recent phone conversation with her confirmed this sentiment… I recently had 3 performances of a new composition of mine for violin and piano performed in Montreal and Ottawa. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend any of these performances. […]

Frank Horvat in Studio at Canterbury

4 Albums, 1 Year – Update #6

If you read Lisa’s guest blog post last month, you’ll know that we’ve hit a bit of a wall in the $$$ department. Despite the financial support of FACTOR and the Ontario Arts Council, our budget has run into the red in completing the four albums, despite running a tight ship and attempting to keep […]

A Secret Streamlet by Frank Horvat

What Does Freedom Sound Like?

It was earlier this year that the violinist, Ralitsa Tcholakova, asked if I could compose a piece for violin and piano that recognized the fall of the Berlin Wall in the late 1980s. What resulted was A Secret Streamlet, a flowing piece inspired by a defiant letter that the then Czech playwright and activist, Vaclav […]

St. Joe's Middle School in Ottawa

Shame Revealed Through Music

When Michael Westwood asked me to compose a new piece for the November 9 concert in his Toronto chamber music series, I said sure! When he suggested that the piece be on a theme around memories, I got more than I bargained for. Various chapters in my life flooded my heart and soul, many very […]