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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 […]

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 […]

Sunny Side

Keep on the Sunny Side

Before you read this post, I would kindly ask you to do the following: Listen to this song on YouTube Follow along with the lyrics on Wikipedia Now doesn’t that put a smile on your face? If it doesn’t, why not? And BTW, I empathize if this song doesn’t make you happy. Sometimes happy people […]

Frank Horvat in Studio at Canterbury

4 Albums, 1 Year – Update #5

As Frank got over the hump of recording half of his upcoming four albums, even the most focused artist begins to ask, ‘So… How are we doing financially?’ When I began to hesitantly say, ‘Well, the budgets are… complicated…’, I somehow ended up getting the task of writing this month’s update – all about budgets! […]

Frank Horvat's 2016 calendar

Christmas is How Soon???

My Swollen TDL for the rest of 2016 Earlier this week, I took a moment to cross reference my things-to-do-list with my calendar and I was shocked and a bit scared. Here’s my list of what I need to get done by the end of the year… Compose an album of tense, asian-inspired, Film/TV music […]

Trailer Park Boys

Five Things I’m Ashamed to Admit That I Enjoy

Well, I’ve used my blog to share a lot of personal stuff about myself in the past. But I have to admit I took pause about sharing this post. It will be interesting to see if any of you who know me well are shocked by any of this. And for those who don’t know […]

If I Were A Rich Man - photo by Eneas De Troya

If I Were A Rich Man…

So even me, the tree hugging, commie, arty-farty lefty, sometimes thinks about how my life would be different if I were rich. First off, let me be perfectly clear that I consider myself to be a very LUCKY person, but a very lucky middle-class person, to be more specific. I’m lucky because I have a […]

The Rings

The Best (and worst) Olympic Sports

Despite being super busy these days, I’m still allowing some leisure time to watch the Summer Olympics. I’m a big sports fan and so the Olympics are a perfect opportunity to sample so many different sports, that I’ll be honest, I would never watch if the Olympics didn’t make it all nice and easy to […]

R. Murray Schafer (Photo courtesy Quatuor Molinari)

5 Contrasting (Yet Important) Thoughts…

…in no particular order   1. I just don’t get why everyone makes a big deal about Donald Trump. He’s going to lose to Hilary, so he’ll soon be able to go back to voting someone off an island, or giving someone a rose, or do whatever he did before his ego encouraged him to […]

Frank Horvat is feeling fine!

I Feel Just Fine

I want to thank everyone for your words of encouragement after last week’s blog post. I’m very touched to have gotten so many messages of support. This life in the arts can wear you down sometimes. This week, I’ve tried 3 things: 1. Sleep more so my brain can function at better capacity when I’m […]