Happy birthday JS and Modest!

March 21st gets a lot of fanfare each year because it’s the birthday of the greatest of all fugueitives, J.S. Bach.  But it’s also the bday for one of Russia’s greatest composers (and a hero for many art song geeks), Modest Mussorgsky.  As a sort of threefer this week, we’re wishing a big happy to … Read more

The two-thousand-year-old dragon speaks

Are you hanging onto something that might be holding you back? Apparently we’re not alone, as Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, father of Taoism, nailed this observation nearly 2500 years ago. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” — Lao Tzu This is part of a weekly inspirational series on the … Read more

You’re the goal that matters most

When you imagine achieving your dreams, who else is there?Competition can rev you up, but Keep the focus on the best part — being your best. “Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors.  Try to be better than yourself.” — William Faulkner This is part of a weekly inspirational series on the Singerpreneur blog … Read more

What a difference a space makes

Words are funny things:  they can do much to inspire, thwart or invigorate us, but it is our minds and perspectives that give them power. If you’re stuck, look at the word in front of you in a completely different way.  If that doesn’t work, find a new one.  They’re yours to use in a way that … Read more

Best fortune cookie ever

Experience shows that real wisdom doesn’t come from faux-exotic pastries.  But the truth is, if a naysayer is getting in the way of your progress, tune them out and keep going.  (Mr. Churchill already made that point last week, but it bears repeating.) If you’re the naysayer, keep it to yourself.  Go find a project … Read more

Be there

In honor of the director of LA Opera‘s hilarious Gianni Schicchi, wrapping up its double bill with Pagliacci soon (ends October 3rd!), here’s a little reminder:  don’t wait for Opportunity to come to you. “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” — Woody Allen This is part of a weekly inspirational series on the Singerpreneur … Read more

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