Valentines Day, also known as Lupercalia, began in the Roman 5th century when a Catholic priest, named Valentine was held responsible for decreeing certain acts of
loving kindness toward single, unmarried men who were forbidden to marry. The Roman Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage believing single men made better soldiers and should remain single. But Valentine, believing this to be an injustice, continued in defiance, to perform marraiges and was later put to death.
Sounds like Valentine understood the meaning of love between a man and a woman and thus started the long standing tradition focused on romantic love.
LOVE is likely the most important thing in life since most or all research models indicate a lack of it is at the root of every kind of human malady known to mankind. I believe this to be true and knowing love and how to love is one of our main purposes in life.
When I ask myself during the course of a day "what would a loving...
So, here it is... a cold Northeast Monday morning in February and I need to get my day started on the right track. So I'm reading Proverbs 1 which speaks to The Beginning of Knowledge and The call of Wisdom. Huge topics! It reminded me of my own need for mindful investment of the time set before this day and to use it well, and to be wise in all my affairs..ALL!!
My intention here is not to get too heavy but to say that we, as musicians, need wisdom and a reliable "compass" in how to navigate our own special path. You see, we start out learning music by copying and emulating those before us but most of us merely continue to do just that and, sadly, never find our own voice. We simply must find and nurture our own God given voice, embrace our own musical "DNA" and put it out there.
There are only 12 notes in music which can be fashioned into infinite rhythmic juxtapositions which will NEVER expire of original ideas. Musical creativity is limitless. Le...