Musings

The Turkey Trot Dance

I've posted a new "Idea to Try" inspired by Leonard Bernstein's Turkey Trot from Divertimento for Orchestra. Along the way, I got sidetracked researching the history of the ragtime dance (circa 1912) from news sources of the time. Take a look and discover: Three incidents of women getting in trouble for indulging in the dance [...]

By | 2017-11-29T13:59:15+00:00 November 29, 2017|Audio, Dance, Music, Musings|0 Comments

American Modern Dance, Music Visualizations and Plastique animée

Emile Jaques-Dalcroze I was invited to write this article for Le Rythme, an annual international journal of FIER. This year's theme was L'interprétation corporelle - the idea of reflecting music in movement. Once a guiding force in modern dance, 'music visualization' might have lost its purpose 75 years ago or might remain vital today, depending on who [...]

By | 2017-11-21T00:00:47+00:00 November 21, 2017|Dance, Music, Musings|0 Comments

That’s Fanny, not Felix.

(Just a nice story for Easter and International Women's Day.) A Mendelssohn masterpiece was really his sister’s. After 188 years, it premiered under her name. By Derek Hawkins - Washington Post “Easter Sonata” — a complex four-movement piano composition from 19th century Germany — could only have been written by Felix Mendelssohn. Or so thought many of the archivists, scholars and [...]

By | 2017-03-09T08:24:52+00:00 March 9, 2017|Music, Musings|0 Comments

Finding the Right Keys for Ballet

(When did they go missing?) An article by Marina Harss in the NY Times this week, Finding the Right Keys for the Right Ballet Steps, looks at the pianists's role in ballet rehearsals and classes. The musicians help the ballet dancers by finding the perfect tempos, improvising in ways that keep dancers alert, and occasionally providing helpful insights such [...]

By | 2016-12-01T22:00:38+00:00 January 17, 2016|Dance, Music, Musings|0 Comments

Researchers ask: Why do people think total nonsense is really deep?

Someone has finally asked the question! There's no clear answer yet (despite Wonkblog's headline "Why people think total nonsense is really deep"), but researchers at the University of Waterloo have done some serious studies into 'BS Receptivity.' In a sequence of tests, participants were asked to rank the profundity of various statements. Some sentences were randomly created by two [...]

By | 2016-12-01T22:00:38+00:00 December 4, 2015|Musings, Science|0 Comments

Past Predictions about Today’s Education

"What people in 1900 thought the year 2000 would look like," today's Wonkblog at the Washington Post, highlights a series of French paintings from around 1900, collectively titled, "France in the Year 2000." Looking back at past predictions is always fascinating. So many ideas centered on machinery for communication, transportation and basic household chores. (Even The Jetsons had FaceTime and Roomba [...]

By | 2016-12-01T22:00:39+00:00 October 4, 2015|Musings, Science|0 Comments

Missing the Pointe

Once upon a time, there was a little dance studio with big problems. The electrical connection to the water fountain was a jerry-rigged code violation and fire hazard; a fire exit door could not open; sections of barre dangled unsecured from the wall. Nobody much cared about these hazards. There was something else that frightened, [...]

By | 2016-12-01T22:00:40+00:00 February 10, 2015|Dance, Musings, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Traditions, Rituals, Routines

Rachel Ray makes these? This is an article I posted on the old website back in 2005. I think it bears reposting now, particularly in regard to the importance of words, names and labels that clearly separate historic traditions from new endeavors. Traditions, Rituals, Routines: Knowing the Difference (and when to let go) Monica Dale (December, [...]

By | 2016-12-01T22:00:41+00:00 November 17, 2014|Musings, Uncategorized|0 Comments