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Timothy Higgins – Principal Trombone, San Francisco Symphony

Another Random Conversation

Night at the San Francisco Symphony… Mahler‘s 3rd Symphony is about an hour and fifty minutes long with no intermission. Our seats are in the middle of the row. So, I minimized liquids at dinner, went to the bathroom twice before the concert began, and remained standing until the concert master appeared. There were two […]


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Over the Hill

A Few Odds & Ends

Night at the Symphony A week ago tonight we went to the San Francisco Symphony: Till Fellner performed Mozart‘s Piano Concerto No. 24 in c Minor, K 491 (1786). Flawless, intricate voicing. And the symphony was at its best, with Semyon Bychkov conducting. The balance. The classical period restraint. The symbiosis. Gorgeous! I so wish […]


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Cool Jazz

Living in a Cool ‘Hood

Our next door neighbors Joe and Juline hosted their 20th Annual House Concert, Jazz by the Bay (window). Their window is called the bay window not because it’s a bay window. It’s not. It has an amazing view of the bay! Back in 1994 esteemed bassist, Bill Douglass, lamented to his friend Joe Paulino, that he wished […]


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Being Present in the Moment

I’m as guilty as the next person when it comes to being easily distracted. But there are many, many moments in life that require our full participation, our complete attention, our unyielding focus, the surrender of our whole being. Artistry is one such moment. Learn to fully embrace that which is gorgeous. Respect that which […]


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Paula Abdul

I Felt Just Like Paula Abdul

I never watched American Idol with any intention, but sometimes Steve would watch it years ago. I would be in and out of the room with some horrid example of non-talent performing with unspeakable intonation issues. At the end of those performances Simon, more than Randy, would launch into a blistering tirade about how truly […]


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RadiON iCon

RadiON Rocks!

I never thought I would want to listen to internet streaming radio stations. I have so many music options: my huge iTunes library, Pandora, Last.fm, Rdio, and on and on. But then I discovered advertising-free AM Radio Sausalito, which I love! I discovered their website has a live stream; so, I wanted to listen through […]


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Radio Sausalito

Radio Sausalito

I finally got around to getting my haircut. Yes, I go to the Caledonia Street Barber Shop here in town. Today I noticed the music on their AM radio: Radio Sausalito: 1610 on our radio dial. It was some awesome vintage jazz. I had no idea Sausalito has an advertising-free, 24 hour jazz radio station. […]


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Chopin Manuscript Polanaise A Flat Major

How Times Have Changed!

Keep in mind that we recently got the piano on which I practiced as a child. Keep in mind that we spent a small fortune to bring it into good playing condition. Keep in mind that Van Cliburn, my musical inspiration as a teenager, just passed away. And, keep in mind that piano is my […]


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