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A New Decade of Tragedies…but we shall overcome!

I know that the world has not been inflicted with any more sadness or tragedy these past couple of weeks compared to other times. But it’s easy to feel that the optimism usually brought on by a new year (and decade) can be emotionally vanquished with bad news that involves suffering. These past couple of […]

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I’ll Be (in a New) Home for Christmas

Actually, the tense is incorrect…I AM in a new home for Christmas! Yes, that’s correct, for those of you who know my wife, Lisa and I, you will not be surprised to read that we have moved…again!! The stars aligned and gave us a wonderful life opportunity to sell our condo and purchase a new […]

Frank Horvat recording Earth Hour 2

Earth Hour Recording Session…again!

Yes, I’ve been down this road before of recording a continuous hour-long piano piece. But it has been 10 years since I recorded my first iteration of Earth Hour. Today was the sequel. I’ve been practicing it for a couple of months and I’m happy with how it fits under my fingers. The session for […]

Toronto Snow (Photo by Andre Furtado on Unsplash)

Love & Respect for Snow

I’ve lived in Toronto for over 26 years. Very rarely does Toronto ever get any snow before Christmas…except for this year. The city is once again blanketed by the fluffy white stuff and unfortunately, many are not happy about it. I’m the opposite…I love the snow. Maybe it’s easy for me to love snow since […]

Quito, Ecuador (Photo by Vince Fleming on Unsplash)

Pedalling to Great Adventure

This week, I received wonderful news that I have been awarded a Music Creation Grant from the Toronto Arts Council to fund a commission from the Ecuadorian performance ensemble, InConcerto. The new composition will be premiered in Quito at their annual festival, MusicaOcupa, in June 2020. I’m very excited about this opportunity for a number […]

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I Need a New Physical Activity!

I have a lot of pride in the effort I take to maintain my health. I follow a very strict paleo diet and I walk at least 8-10 kms most days. But lately I feel like I need something else to look forward to. It’s nice to get regular fresh air but some more cardio […]

Duran Duran

Songs I Hate I Love

As a composer of modern classical music, you would think that my musical taste is focussed primarily on the unique, mind-bending or strange. While there’s much in the avant-garde and experimental music world that I appreciate and love, I like to think that I appreciate all types of music. To ensure that I’m exposed to […]

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 […]

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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 […]