Causes of art

From the dawn of civilization, creators have connected their work with things they believed in.  Not all artists are political, and no one will support every cause or every work of art.  But beauty does not exist in a vacuum, and the meaning it conveys can move mountains, change society and bring profound change to … Read more

Custom mix

I love buying things in bulk. Sifting through various types of beans or dried fruit or toys or candy or jewelry or whatever, it’s satisfying, somehow, to create a combination of just about anything that is unique to a mood, a particular need, or the tastes of the recipient. Creating a work of art with … Read more

It’s all new

We’re spotlighting the Hear Now Music Festival  in this week’s event newsletter, and always encourage our readers to support new classical music whenever the opportunity arises.  Whether it’s buying a ticket, showing up, volunteering, making a simple donation, or contributing to a commission, these activities help classical evolve into its next, very dynamic phase, and what … Read more

Dive into your task list with a monthly AFD (Action-Focused Day)

Planning is absolutely essential. But you can’t stop there. If you’re spending too much time making and organizing your lists and notes rather than taking action to check those things off, here’s a way to reset on a regular basis: It’s an ACTION-FOCUSED DAY. The technique is simple, and you’d do well to make room … Read more

Counting the days

It’s Easter week, and every day has significance. Friday also marks the start of Passover, so celebrations and rituals abound. Whether your holiday icon of choice is lily, bunny, afikomen or something else, have a great week full of meaning and fun and tradition. Originally published as part of our member newsletter, 4/12/22

Very big week

So, let’s start with the GRAMMYs and all the people who were honored in one fell swoop with LA Phil’s recording of Mahler’s 8th. Controversy is still in the air:  California is backing away from mask requirements for indoor venues (while local and venue rules still apply), yet surveys reveal on both coasts that audiences seem to favor an abundance … Read more

Well, that was fun!

Our site at laurislist.com went down for awhile today.  In fact, every site associated with our platform went down — it must have been some big, hairy problem. (Don’t worry — there’s no sign that your data has been compromised. This was an inconvenience-level issue.) The fact that you’re reading this now is good news, and … Read more

With a single award, the GRAMMYs just honored a whole lotta people in the Southland

The LA Phil, LA Master Chorale, Pacific Chorale, LA Children’s Chorus and National Children’s Chorus are having a very exciting night.

Sounding boards

Another lesson that has been highlighted in recent coaching sessions: the eternal importance of sounding boards. Having a mentor or buddy who creates a safe space for innovation and experimentation between you is actually a rare and precious thing, and that is a relationship worth pursuing, nurturing and protecting once you’ve found someone who is … Read more

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