Musings of a Musical Mind


Calming the Creative Mind

A few years ago, I went to see my acupuncturist who I hadn’t seen in awhile. He started by asking, “You’re the flamenco guitarist, right? How’s that going?”  With him, small talk is never just small talk, it usually has some kind of underlying point, and today his...

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On Being Unconventional, Part 2

“I JUST CAN’T UNDERSTAND HOW ANYONE CAN SURVIVE WITHOUT BOOKS AND ART AND MUSIC!” My maternal Grandmother, known by everyone as Dusty, has always lived by these words. The bookshelves in her sitting room sag, filled not only horizontally with books, but vertically as...

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Chai Tea Spice Mixture

Anyone who has played music with me knows that you won’t come to my home without being offered at least a cup of tea. In my world, sharing food and drink with others is a really important way of connecting and acts as a wonderful conduit through which to build a...

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Yoga & Flamenco: An Unlikely Match

Many years ago some friends invited me to a concert that they assured me would be spectacular. Since I was familiar with their taste in music, I enthusiastically agreed to go with them. To this day, I’m glad I did, because something happened that night that changed...

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On Being Unconventional, Part 1

Recently, I was contemplating how my grandparents influenced me, and decided to honour each of them during their birth month, starting with my paternal Grandma, whose birthday is at the end of July. In many ways my Grandma Ada led an ordinary life for a woman of her...

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6 Tastes of Ayurveda

With the Ayurvedic diet we can truly take control of our health, often without the need for medication and with minimal supplements. One of the key concepts behind an Ayurvedic diet is the 6 tastes: bitter, pungent, astringent, sweet, salty and sour. By understanding...

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Are You Superstitious?

Our cliché impression that the Gypsies are a mysterious, fortune-telling people who might even put a curse on you if you cross them, strikes real fear into the hearts of outsiders. The Spanish culture as a whole (indeed, most cultures worldwide) seems to have much...

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My Favourite Rule

It could safely be said that I have a bit of an unfriendly relationship with rules. If I want to be sure that I won’t do something, one of the best ways to create insurance is to make a rule saying that I must. I’ve learned that one way around this is to make rules...

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