Posts tagged ‘Inspiring’

Silk Road – Part 7: It’s Here!

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Yes, it’s here!  I’m excited!  Today marks the first full day out in the world for
SILK ROAD – Inspirational Journeys Across Planet Earth.

Having officially released this new CD just last night, I’m feeling grateful and, I admit, anxious over my newborn.  I’m celebrating, and fluttering nervously over my babe!  It’s been quite a journey getting this child out into broad daylight.  I want her to feel GOOD in the sun!

Well, like any parent, made new again by this new arrival, the new adventure begins!  This new CD gets to live and breathe in the world.  My hope and intention is that it will open some hearts and provoke some thoughtful responses at the very least.  (To read the first 6 parts of this blog series, click here.)

The creation process of this CD has certainly changed me.  It brought me further along in my own personal and artistic evolution.  I think that’s the most important part for me: Evolution.  I don’t EVER want to stop learning, exploring and discovering …

This project, SILK ROAD, symbolizes my quest to keep doing just those things.

Before I go any further, though, it seems like I ought to talk a little about the title song, Silk Road.  It’s the third track on the CD.  That’s an important spot on any album.
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December 6, 2012 at 1:32 am 1 comment

Djembe Thanksgiving – Part 5

Djembe Thanksgiving
Part 5:
Drums in Church – Some Concluding Thoughts

Read Part 1: The Drummers and Joe
Read Part 2: Kurzweil Jeff
Read Part 3: Oy! Logistics, Permissions and Switzerland, Oh My!
Read Part 4: A Joyful Chaos!

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Kemi Awosile

My friend Kemi Awosile put me in contact with Steve Okwor, an African drummer who organized the drummers for our Thanksgiving Day service at The Mother Church (TMC).  She had sat in and drummed with this group before, and so I asked her how she felt about her experience.

Kemi said, “I am in awe of the communication that occurs when two or more people sit down to drum.  The inner and outer rhythms, the call and response back and forth and the pure joy of working together and off of one another all leave me breathless and spell bound. For me, it is miraculous and magical to get to play with these folks.”
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February 1, 2010 at 8:17 pm 1 comment

Interview with Composer Greg Granoff – Part 2

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Music Chose Him:
An Interview with
Inspirational Composer Greg Granoff

Part 2

My interview with composer Greg Granoff kicks off a new part of Inspiratus.
It will be featuring interview/conversations with artists of all kinds.
The idea is to explore just how inspiration, creativity, and spirituality all play a role in the development, creation and reception of an artist’s work.

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Read Part One of my interview with Greg Granoff

SM_granoff_thbTo continue with our conversation, Watchfire Music Composer Greg Granoff has spoken in depth about his approach to composition and his thoughts on creativity. Greg also mentioned his work in the Music Department at Humbolt State University. (more…)

August 19, 2009 at 1:03 am 2 comments

Wisdom is more precious than rubies…

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“Joyful is the person who finds wisdom,
the one who gains understanding.

Wisdom is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.

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August 16, 2009 at 10:47 pm Leave a comment

Interview with Composer Greg Granoff – Part 1

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Music Chose Him:
An Interview with
Inspirational Composer Greg Granoff

Part 1

My interview with composer Greg Granoff kicks off a new part of Inspiratus.
It will be featuring interview/conversations with artists of all kinds.
The idea is to explore just how inspiration, creativity, and spirituality all play a role in the development, creation and reception of an artist’s work.

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Watchfire Music Composer Greg Granoff writes sacred music with great skill and craftsmanship. In particular, his is a catalogue of beautiful, sophisticated vocal solos scored for both the organ and piano, and composed with a harmonic language uniquely Greg’s own.

Here’s my conversation with Greg Granoff:

JW: What is your earliest memory of music?

greg_granoffGG: I don’t know that I can speak about the earliest one with any certainty; I remember various things, all from my time as a small boy. I have a distinct memory of my earliest piano lessons — I was about 5. I remember very early hearing my father play the piano in the evenings after I was in bed–that had a huge effect on me. I remember the 78 rpm records my father played of Russian and Mexican folk music; I remember my mother strumming the guitar and picking out folk songs; I remember them both listening to the Metropolitan Opera on Sunday afternoons; and I remember being glued to the record player even while others my age were out playing in the street.

I was equally captivated by Burl Ives or a Beethoven symphony. I remember dreaming about music. (more…)

August 12, 2009 at 9:02 pm 6 comments

A Blog Is Born (well, its name is, anyway)

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Inspiratus:  It was always my plan to give this blog a name worthy of the things we are talking about here.  Or, more specifically, give it a name that would evoke the theme and tone of the blog.  In this case, the blog came first, its title followed.

After a lot of “name-storming” with the folks at Watchfire Music as well as with the Name-Meister himself (that would be Peter Link), a few moons later “Inspiratus” came to light.  For me, it best expresses the feeling and direction of this blog.

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June 2, 2009 at 12:28 am 1 comment

KarmaTube and Gratefulness

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I don’t remember how I discovered it, but somewhere in the last year, I became a huge fan and subscriber of KarmaTube.com. It may have been a forwarded email, or maybe I stumbled on to it while doing a Google search. However it happened, KarmaTube.com showed up and I got hooked.

I signed up to receive the KarmaTube Video of the Week, and each Friday an email notice lands in my in-box. I can hardly wait to get to Friday morning to receive a new infusion of Inspiration. (more…)

May 4, 2009 at 8:44 pm 2 comments


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