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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 […]

Tired

The Struggle for the BIG Idea

I’m in a batting slump lately. I have not hit the (metaphorical) home run in a while. In my business, hitting the home run is coming up with the BIG idea, creative new ideas for compositions and musical projects. A couple of weeks back, Lisa gave me the assignment of coming up with the premise […]

Toyota Prius SOLD!

One Step Closer to Eco-Utopia

Big news this past week is that my wife and I sold our car. Even bigger news is we’re not replacing it! The idea of going carless has been bandied about for some time. But the decision was finally made a couple of months ago. We had a Toyota Prius, a hybrid that’s pretty darn […]

My Mom & I

What Mom Means To Me

When I was a kid, my mom would sometimes make a dinner that I didn’t like. I would say, “Mom, I don’t like it” (in a whining voice). She would reply quite directly, “you don’t have to like it, you just have to eat it.” And that’s my mom in a nutshell – direct, passionate, […]

ORMTA Colleagues

I heard the news today…

I woke up this morning to check out my Facebook newsfeed and see that a music teaching colleague from Saskatoon had passed away suddenly yesterday. I am devastated and my heart is broken. Noreen Wensley was the most passionate, positive and driven people I ever met. I first met Noreen in 2010 when she helped […]

Main Street Ontario

Small Towns: You’re So Nice, But You’re Not For Me

As I type this, I’m sitting on the front step of a local church in a quiet North Bay, Ontario neighbourhood, waiting for a ride. I’ve just completed adjudicating at my third music festival this month. Between performing, presenting workshops and adjudicating, I’m quite fortunate to get a chance to visit many cities, especially smaller […]

Frank Horvat in Concert at Musideum

Yearning

The Bad & Good of Being This Way Full disclosure, I yearn a lot. Not for the regular stuff – better health, finding love, being fulfilled, more money (well maybe a bit of that last one:)). Instead, I yearn for making music and having people hear it. It’s all I ever think about. I’m always […]