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Lester and Persevering When Enough Isn’t Enough

Lately it’s easy to get the feeling of swimming against the current. Messages and actions of peace and love are so important, yet the voices of the hateful are so much louder at times. And I will admit that since the Boston Marathon bombing, it has taken me some time to regroup both from the horror that so many of us feel about the event and from the demoralizing sense of being unable to keep pace with the amount of tragedy going down. Is chanting “love wins” a realistic and energy-efficient thing when there is such evidence that we’re better off saving our energy and curling up in a fetal position under the kitchen table as we await Armageddon? Ultimately, I’ve concluded that the answer is YES, and I want to offer posthumous thanks to my young friend Lester for helping me solidify that position.

Socially Conscious Art: Questions to Ask Yourself

Those of us pulled toward activism and positive change of any sort need to use our strengths, resources and passions to that end. If our strengths are artistic, then a whole world of questions emerges about how to create and present socially conscious art. I find that the answers tend to come fairly organically if the questions are asked thoroughly enough and the questions here should help with this process.

The Ripple Effect

Today would have been my aunt Margie Pozefsky’s 72nd birthday. Today offers a particularly good opportunity to look at Margie’s legacy and, perhaps more importantly, to look at what we can learn from her.

The Countdown Began

The inspiration behind my recent composition “The Countdown Began” comes from the phenomenon of aging out of the foster care system.

(Fuzzy Yellow) Full Circle

This weekend I played my first tennis tournament since 1989. It was in a sense no big deal – I played in a division that both represented the lowest skill level offered and was so under-enrolled that, win or lose, I would only play one match – so, in that sense, hardly worthy of acknowledgment, much less celebration. However, as a milestone moment in a longer journey, this was an intense and symbolically loaded experience.

Unreleased Music: Girl in the Overalls

This recording from 2006 features Jason Castonguay on vocals, Carl Knox on tenor saxophone, Henry Lugo on bass and Vinnie Sperrazza on drums. I wrote the song and play piano on it.
The other vital piece of information is that it is not autobiographical! Yes, I shop in health food stores and yes, my wife often [...]

Personal Art

As I prepare for the first performance of Know Thyself since last November (August 14, New Haven Jazz Festival), I find myself reflecting on what it entails to present music that is deeply personal, something that this piece does on a level far beyond anything I have ever written. I’m proud of the music in [...]

EDS Awareness Month 2010: Belonging

May is EDS Awareness Month and here I discuss how one’s ability to “belong” is impacted by having a “rare disease.”

Stevie Wonder: Jazz Composer?

My plans for working on an idea I’ve been tossing around for probably 15 years, doing jazz arrangements of the tunes from Stevie Wonder’s Fulfillingness’ First Finale album.