Well-being is fundamentally no different than learning to play the cello.
If one practices the skills of well-being, one will get better at it.”
--Dr. Richard Davidson, neuroscientist who teaches about the ‘resilient mindset.’
The Dalai Lama met with Davidson and asked him to study kindness and compassion, which he did. He created the Center for Healthy Minds with a Kindness Curriculum teaching through stories and practices how to pay attention, work with emotions, and cultivate…
Last night, I played a carillon concert entitled Voices Uplifted. My goal in the program was to lift up voices of marginalized populations through carillon music. The works I composed are: "Our Time: Me Too;" "Enough is Enough, Never Again: Sketches;" and four pieces in a set entitled "Belonging: A Carillon Call to Care for All." The individual pieces of "Belonging" lift up the voices of Muslim/Arab, African American, Jewish, and Latina/o global brothers and sisters. Each piece is based on profound life…
Filled with gratitude for my friend, colleague, and former student, Vidas Pinkevicius. Check out his wonderful podcast and wealth of resources! Here's the podcast he recently posted of our interview about Bach and the Art of Improvisation, Vol. 2.
With joy, I give you three gifts from my recently released Bach and the Art of Improvisation, Vol. II (BAI 2). The first two are here today, and the next will arrive tomorrow.
Listen to two soulful performances of Bach's BWV 1079 & 1043, demonstrating continuo practice of dialogue and duet as Bach taught, composed, and improvised. With gratitude to my beautiful Songbird collaborators: Michael Lynn, traverso; Mary L. Riccardi, Baroque violin; Debra Lonergan, Baroque 'cello.