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The fear of being alone

The Fear of Being Alone

This week I watched a Swedish film on Netflix called A Man Called Ove. It is absolutely fantastic – I highly recommend it! Ove’s a loner and a curmudgeon to the outside world, but inside, is in complete emotional agony over the recent passing of his wife. So much so that he attempts suicide. I […]

Ottawa Park

Should I Move Back to Ottawa?

It was a little under 24 years ago when I left my childhood nest in Ottawa and moved to the hustle and bustle of Toronto. Having lived in Toronto for this many years now, I definitely think of the city as my “hometown”. But there’s a draw that keeps pulling me back to Ottawa. For […]

Music on my mind - Photo by Valentino Funghi on Unsplash

Nothing But Music On My Mind

I’m sitting here trying to write my weekly blog post. I often think to myself, ‘you should write about some non-musical topic for a change. Nobody wants to ALWAYS read about your musical hijinks!’ So, I listen to that little voice in my head and I start brainstorming something else I should write about. Something […]

Canada 150

Mixed Feelings About Canada150

When Lisa and I used to live in a house, I would hang a Canadian flag from the front porch every July 1st. I would do it because I felt a sense of pride to be a citizen of a country which gives me the ability to lead my life the way I see fit […]

Rainy Week in Toronto

What’s Happening This Week?

Random things happening on this first week of May 2017: My wife has extended family visiting this week. Always neat to hang out with folks that have similar mannerisms as her. Being an only child and not being surrounded by a lot of family growing up, its always fascinating to me to see how family […]

Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup

10 What Ifs

1. What if every single person on planet earth realized that climate change is serious and instantly implemented change to stop it? 2. What if the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup? 3. What if Lisa and I had absolutely no health problems? 4. What if Jack Layton had not died? 5. What if […]

Cotton Candy

I’ve Lived 43 Years and I Haven’t…

Today, I turn 43. I continue to maintain the same attitude I’ve always had about birthdays – it’s just a number. I don’t wish I was younger. I am content with who I am and what point I’ve reached in the evolution of my life. The one thing I can’t help do around my birthday […]

Protect Against EMFs

How I (Try To) Protect Myself From EMFs

There’s no doubt that we live in a day and age when we are constantly surrounded by electronic gadgets. I just think about my own daily routine – my laptop is on all day, our office has two computers and various music equipment/devices running as we work, we have a large flatscreen TV, we enjoy […]

frank

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 […]