Friday Fun — Music Visualizations

When you’re a scientist, visualizing data can be crucial to understanding and communication. Graphs are almost always better than data tables and a smartly-drawn diagram can often convey more than a long, detailed paragraph. I was thinking about this today because of a YouTube link a friend sent me that had a visualization of the…

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Nonfiction Notes

I don’t read a lot of nonfiction. Actually, that’s not true. I read a good deal of nonfiction in the form of science journals for my day job, so when I read for pleasure I prefer fiction because I’m usually looking for a bit of escapism. However, a couple of months ago, I read two…

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Friday Drabble: The Two of Us

A drabble is a very short story of exactly 100 words. Feel free to join in and write your own drabbles on Fridays and tag them with “friday drabble” and on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaydrabble. The Two of Us We’ve been together for years now, though sometimes I think I hardly know you at…

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Things You Never Knew You Needed: String Blanket

So, the last time I’d had my piano tuned, Debbie Pianotuner* was cleaning the inside of the case and ran a cloth along the strings.  She looked at the cloth and said, “Hmmm…” Now, “Hmmm” is rarely good and so I came over and there were little streaks of rust where the cloth had been.…

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Winterreise

One of my favorite piano pieces is the Schubert-Liszt lied “Der Leiermann” from the song-cycle “Winterreise” (translated as Winter Journey), which describes a man’s journey as he leaves his home and travels through a winter landscape.  “Der Leiermann” is actually the conclusion of the song-cycle.  It’s haunting and beautiful and I love playing it, though…

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Compose Yourself

So, one of the things I’ve gotten to spend some more time with during my – err – sabbatical from gainful employment – is my piano. For those who’ve been around here a while, you might recall that a couple of years ago, I was stressing about and then actually enjoying learning a little music…

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