These articles respond to the top concern of my online readers according to the the Annual Readers’ Survey 2015. They help you balance your activities across each area of your life in a no-nonsense, practical, and action-oriented manner.

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  • A reliable source of arguments …about music itself, the arts, education, creativity, leadership, sociology, psychology, technology, and so on. All these topics affect how we relate to classical music.
  • What dress shall I wear tonight? Don’t give a damn what anyone else is wearing – they dressed exactly how they wanted to, just like you did. THAT’S equality.
  • What’s in a title? Old Sheet MusicLiterally. What are all those odd numbers and abbreviations you see on posters and in programs? Sometimes it can get confusing looking at the title of a piece of classical music.
  • What fails to provoke drama, shouting and violent passion? Dear #ClassicalMusic Fan, In 2011, the same year Melissa and I moved to Florida, Julian Treasure gave an excellent TED Talk about the fact that humans are, in general, losing the ability to listen. He then gave 5 exercises individuals could/ should do to rectify that. In 1987, the same year I moved back to the UK ...
  • 3 ways we mislead ourselves Participating in the Arts as much as Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and even Sports and all the other more materialistic and competitive stuff, helps us maintain a good balance in life.
  • Be careful what you worship you get what you pay forMy wife is in the event industry. Weddings, mostly. A fellow small business owner recently shared a story that made us both cringe, not just because of the what happened, but more the fact that there is a growing trend in the Tampa Bay area of Florida to worship either cheap or, and this would be much ...
  • St. Augustine on pride & humility It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
  • Mandela on hate & love No one is born hating another person. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
  • Dyer on Ignorance The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.  
  • ARGH! Remarkable how accurately The Simpsons writers reflected our farcical realities.
  • Garland – 1st rate of self “Always be a first rate version of yourself, instead of a second rate version of somebody else.”
  • Schweitzer – kindness melts As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
  • Rohn – Walls The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keep out the joy.
  • Why does Classical Music shut down over the Summer? bar concertOf all the options for eating, cinema, museums, board games, cooking classes, art exhibitions, and so on, there were also seventy-nine concerts. Five were classical.
  • You have more in common with Marilyn Monroe than you think Norma Jeane the MusicalHowever briefly you hear a voice in your head, how you react to it is what makes you… well, an individual. Marilyn Monroe didn’t do so well with the voices in her head, according to this musical.
  • 7 bold ways live music will make you enchanted When asked “Why do you think live classical music concerts are important?” there were some unique perspectives, including pleasure, the impact they have on us, and…
  • A memorable match made in… the pre-frontal cortex?! Nostalgia memories and musicThe connection between music, memories and emotion is so strong that researchers believe that it may even elicit emotional responses from Alzheimer patients.
  • The one really terrible environment you need to know about! When figuring out when and where to perform, you need to ask yourself two very specific questions. Your responses to these questions could mean the difference between an amazing musical adventure, and total career disaster.
  • The one exciting environment you need to know about You might find a small ensemble environment very exciting!Something we all naturally navigate towards are experiences that make us feel good, but oftentimes we forget to consider some of the elements that contribute to those wonderful moments.
  • Your strongest support skill can improve your well-being What is your best support skill?Whether or not you know it, you have a skill you excel in. Another thing you are good at is at least one “support” skill that usually operates in the background. Which of the four support skills are you best at?