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December 31, 2011
That’s right, it’s called Hogmanay, not New Year’s. And if you think otherwise you live somewhere not nearly Scottish enough.
My friend requested B flat minor, so I think it’s safe to say I took that suggestion seriously.
Best wishes for a New Year.
August 5, 2011
It is has been a while since I visited the Daily Improvisation! As some of you know, the principal reason is that my life has changed direction to some extent. I’ll be starting a PhD Neuroscience of Music this fall at the University of Edinburgh. This change puts Cognitive Eurhythmics front and center in my life at last so I’m very excited about it. Currently, my digital piano is on its way to the UK on slow boat.
Between toddler parenting, an absurdly overcommitted schedule, and preparations for a field-leaping, country-jumping, PhD, the Daily Improvisation took a back seat this year. However, I taught many classes each week and improvised in all of them — so I am certainly not done as an improviser!
Hopefully this move will lead to a better life for my family and I, and a return to musical creativity and growth for myself. Hopefully I can even carve out a very little practice time each day during PhD study, enough to get the ball rolling again and make some contributions to the site. Maybe I will even figure out exactly what format this site should be!
Thanks for your interest and support. I’ve given this site six hundred improvisations, but I promise you, I haven’t even gotten started, and there is so much more to come.
February 14, 2011
I got a handful done this month that I both found acceptable and didn’t manage to screw up the recording of.
The lame ending of 604: I just drew a blank on how to end it – first time I can think of quite like that. I guess it was just time to do the dishes and get to bed.
October 28, 2009
A little catch up from the Daily Improvisation. My first fall thrown into a full teaching schedule with baby at home. So I think some of the explanation for the absence is self-explanatory. There’s musical developments too. My improv teacher is continuing to push me into new and different sounds, so keeping up daily practice for her is a high priority. I am also trying to rewire a bit how I think during performing, in a way that would be hard to explain, but might be described as letting emotional motivation trump the formal. So without further ado, here’s eleven improvs that represent the last few weeks. See you soon, hopefully.