December 10, 2011
As I get going again with renewed focus on my performing and recording career after somewhat of a hiatus for the past 16 months, I just thought I'd take a moment to mark the occasion of this anniversary with a little blogpost. Stay tuned for news of the next recording as well; there's a "Piano Music of Edvard Grieg: Volume 3" brewing. It was December 2006 when I first went to the studio to record "Piano Music of Edvard Grieg" (Volume 1). Apparently Grieg has now had me in his clutches for five full years and shows no signs of letting go of me.
By the way, as it's that time of year when gift-giving is all the rage, you may consider purchasing one of the copies of Volume 2 that I have left. I'm offering the discs at a price of $15 (CDN) this month, and should likely be able to get you yours in time for Christmas. Please get in touch through my facebook page, or by my email address found on my website, or by commenting on this post.
Oh, and also, if you would just like to hear some Grieg yourself as a break from all the Christmas music, you can hear tracks (for free!) on the "listen and buy" page at https://www.facebook.com/mogenpianist or at bandcamp. Of course you can also download said tracks for a modest fee...
March 10, 2011
The winter shows signs of transforming into spring soon. I'm all for the melting and slushiness that makes for messy boots and shoes, as it points ahead. It feels like winter has gone on a little too long this time around, but of course it was an absolutely necessary season. A holding pattern. A time of reflection and deep processing. It has been a very important part of the journey for me. I am very grateful that I was able to take time to just "be" and move through the days with a minimum number of commitments. (for more context, you may want to read my previous post)
As the snow melts, I find myself beginning to look ahead a little more. Moving Forward while at the same time remembering the way of BEing in the present that I have learned about in recent months. A delicate balance, to be sure. I think the key to this involves a great deal of awareness and noticing of the things that are presented. Are there patterns in what comes up? Is there a feeling of being energized or joyful in what comes into one's day? These are the things to notice and respond to.
Interestingly, in the past 24 hours, I have received quite a few indications that it is now time to start looking toward the creation of another CD. Patterns indeed. And, yes...I do feel energized as I envision this. Volume Three of Piano Music of Edvard Grieg? I have enough repertoire for such a disc. It looks like it may be time to get more concrete about it and that of course starts with fund-raising and planning timelines.
More on these ideas soon. I'd love to hear any feedback that you, my supporters, may have to offer.
Thanks for reading & listening!