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“The Asterisk” is a serialized podcast about how events throughout the 2019-2020 NHL season will echo across the ice for generations. In this eight-part series, we chronicle the downfall of Don Cherry, what led to the undoing of the league’s highest-paid coach, how race is now being discussed in the locker rooms and front offices, and what the impact of the coronavirus will be on the league for years to come. Along the way, we interview players, coaches, and journalists to highlight the monu ...
 
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When you drive at night, listening to the quiet, you can sense the world shifting around you as it resets itself for a new day. Like set pieces being moved backstage, you sit in the darkened world waiting to see what the next day will bring. The only light you see comes out of a solitary waffle house. You see a waitress standing on one side of the …
 
This is a prelude and fugue in f# minor that I improvised that expresses what it has been like to grasp the relationship that modern man has with the truth. Modern man is a creature that loves lies and half-truths, and refuses to understand why his life continues to deteriorate as a result. Because man cannot be made to see the truth - even when it…
 
Horus (Sonata for Keyboard) - in g# minor This episode of Friday Music at Five features "The Proud Bird," by Romansk V. This is a depiction of the ancient Egyptian god of Horus. What grabbed my attention in this piece is the artist's choice to reimagine the ancient two-dimensional Egyptian images and render it in three dimensions with very interest…
 
Time to kick off your weekend with some new music! Welcome to Friday Music at Five, Episode #1. Attention (Prelude and Fugue in F#) I have decided to name this Prelude and Fugue "Attention," because it was inspired by the pen illustration featured in this post ("The Boy and the Cat," by Betzael Corvo). What strikes me about this work of art is look…
 
Time to kick off your weekend with Friday music at Five! Cogito Cogito is an improvisation for bass and keyboard. It was inspired by the Meditations on First Philosophy by Rene Descartes. This work, for all intents and purposes, represents the very birth of the modern mind. What Descartes actually went through in order to produce this work was real…
 
Agave The agave is a desert cactus. It spreads out almost like a flower; but unlike a flower, it survives year in and year out in the inhospitable desert. It is so sweet that its flesh is processed and used as an alternative to sugar. Its glory is its steadfastness, longevity, and sweetness. Prickly and yet beautiful on the outside. Alive and susta…
 
Drifting This short keyboard improvisation depicts a feeling of drifting; letting go, and just letting the currents that are present in your life just sweep you along where they will. The title describes the experience I'm trying to communicate by the piece. It's a feeling of drifting down a river, not knowing, or even much caring where you end up.…
 
Through the Night Through the night is a keyboard improvisation. I am completely self-employed, but I engage in multiple forms of work. Currently, I derive income from creating online content (like the content you're reading now), selling insurance, and doing rideshare (Uber and Lyft). I do insurance and web content during the day when other people…
 
Patience Patience is a virtue that is related to endurance. You don't have to have it when things are as you would like them to be. You need patience when, from a certain perspective, your situation is not tenable long-term. I say "from a certain perspective," because what it is really about is focus. If you focus on that which has not arrived yet,…
 
Keyboard Suite in A This is a keyboard suite in A; that is, it has a tonal center of A, but the piece isn't completely tonal. This piece is mostly tonal, but it does explore other modalities, as well. A suite is a cycle of pieces in dance form. This suite is in four parts. Arabesque The first dance in this keyboard suite is an arabesque. It is a li…
 
Keyboard Sonata in g minor This is a keyboard sonata in g minor. It follows the classical sonata form. Stylistically, it is a blend of pop, neo-romanticism, minimalism, and modernism. It tends to be a bit on the dark side, although there are plenty of spots where the light shines in. I've always greatly appreciated the keyboard sonata as a form. Gr…
 
Prelude and Fugue in A Solo keyboard pieces like this prelude and fugue were not common in the Baroque period. However, some significant works for solo keyboard did exist. Bach and Buxtehude wrote significant numbers of solo keyboard works (for example, The Well-Tempered Klavier, by J.S. Bach). The piano did not exist at that time. The keyboards av…
 
Pseudoesthesia This is a song about accepting loss. Not an ordinary kind of loss, but a loss that a significant portion of yourself has become entangled with. A kind of pseudoesthesia, if you will; the pain of a loss of a part of yourself. Pseudoesthesia is "An illusion of feeling in a limb that has been amputated. It is also called 'phantom pain.'…
 
Windowless Monads Gottfried Leibniz was a German philosopher who was a contemporary of Isaac Newton. He theorized the existence of Monads. Monads are an object of theory; they are supposed to be particles somewhat similar to our modern concept of the atom (with some significant differences). The Theory These particles are the underlying universal s…
 
Rooted A balanced human being takes time to explore his own unconscious self. He does that by engaging in protracted self-exploration. Consequently, his conscious self is rooted in his subject. Lacan talks about how the ego, which is the focus of the objective, conscious self, is alienated from his subjective self. The separation between consciousn…
 
Flight "Flight" is about the essential nature of invention. There is, in the most powerful creative endeavors, a process that takes place that the ancient Hermeticists projected as being tied to the nature of existence itself. The creative endeavor is an essential component of life itself as such. All life is the emergence of the new from the pursu…
 
New Canyons In one or two of my previous posts, I've compared the emotional experience to a river which cuts canyons in the topography of our future experience of being, in such a way that our sense of self is "pre-paved," if you will, by our present emotional experience. What you feel today is who you become tomorrow. If you don't like who you are…
 
Sonata for Guitar and Piano in e flat minor This is a sonata for guitar and piano in e flat minor. While it is somewhat in the realms of minimalism and jazz in terms of style, it follows the basic classical three-movement sonata form. I chose e flat minor because it has a dark, murky, mysterious quality. F Sharp Major is its relative major (which i…
 
Vow of Silence Why is it that many monks choose to commit to a vow of silence? The level of commitment that that takes is heavy. It means that even the most casual and menial effort at communication with others becomes a major challenge. One does not take up such a challenge without the possibility of a significant payoff. I would suggest that the …
 
Rokaya Muslims have a practice known as "Rokaya," which is a ceremonial prayer which cleanses a house of unclean spirits. The idea of this practice is highly suggestive to me. It suggests something rather akin to an exorcism, yet less theatrical. It's more like a center of calm in a person that they find deep within their soul and extends, gently, …
 
This is just a meandering improvisation that I did. I just kind of let my mind wander on this one. If I had to compare this piece to something, I would compare it to a film score by John Williams, or maybe Hans Zimmer. It's mostly tonal, and it's a piano solo. It starts in A flat Major and ends up in B Major. Subscribe to my podcast on iTunes (Aste…
 
We are in the midst of a new revolution. This revolution is not local - it is global. It is not a physical revolution, but a spiritual one. We are finding one another. Those of us who seek freedom are finding those who seek freedom. Those who seek love are finding those who seek love. Those who wallow in self-pity or seek power are finding those li…
 
A web search for the word "Hotep" will reveal a movement that has attracted a lot of controversy. It's hard to identify exactly what it is, but to the extent that this site (http://hotepnation.com/) is representative of it, I have to say, I'm a pretty big fan. For our society to work well, and for us to be at peace with one another, we all need to …
 
I really enjoyed creating my Prelude and Fugue in A Flat, and so I made another one in B Flat. I'm thinking I might create a series of 12 of these. I don't think I'll create 24 like Shostakovich or Bach because, strictly speaking, these pieces aren't tonal (they're modal), so it doesn't really make that much sense to distinguish between "Major" and…
 
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