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Friday, February 27, 2009

We're still here!

We know it must feel like we've dropped off the face of the planet, but we're still here and still loving our music. The day after our last concert, life hit us fast and we really haven't had a moment to breathe since then. Over the next few weeks we will be posting about the direction our lives have taken after our last concert series.

Stay tuned, more on the way!

- The Cellist

Friday, February 20, 2009

What your best work looks like.

I've enjoyed perusing through John Holt's "What Do I Do Monday?". Very little is as interesting to me as reading about educational philosophies and practices. John Holt is considered one of the greats in this field. On page 244, he makes the following observation about his writing thatI think it is applicable to all the arts.

This happens to me, as I think it must to every writer. When I read over, now and then, some of what seems to me my best work, I often think, as if seeing it for the first time, "But this is good!" I sometimes think, "Did I really write that?" It is almost more as if it was written through me than by me, if that makes any sense. The effect of this is to make me very dissatisfied, as I write, with anything that seems much less good. From what I feel is my best writing in the past I get a standard that I want all my work in the present to reach.