BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: practices

Unexpected Art II

Unexpected Art II

I’ve not been to France for real croissants. But I do know where the best croissants are made in my city — dark brown on the outside, creamy white on the inside. Flakes fall all over the place when you break them apart. In my opinion, they’re best eaten with butter and jam. Last Thursday I went […]

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Can you dance?

Can you dance?

My daughter started ballet lessons when she was six years old. On the first day of class all the mothers and daughters gathered in an old gym. Mirrors and bars had been installed along the walls. The girls sat on the floor. The mothers perched on the first row of worn wooden bleachers. Miss K, […]

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Inspiration and Work

Inspiration and Work

“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us show up and get to work.” Those words are attributed to Chuck Close, a contemporary American artist. How often do we wait for inspiration, before we sit down to write?   How often do we wait for inspiration, so we can finally begin our painting?   “I’m […]

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Roast Pig & Layer Cake

Roast Pig & Layer Cake

From January to April I am totally immersed in music, as I prepare for my spring recital. I wake up in the morning, knowing the first thing I will do is practice, lesson music then recital music. There’s some overlap, but my recital includes some additional music. Before I fall asleep at night, I review […]

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Impossibilities

Impossibilities

I heard Dr. John Mortenson discussing how to approach unplayable passages in piano compositions. I was struck by the fact that he labeled some passages as “unplayable.” I didn’t know professional musicians ever confronted such things. I believed they found all music playable and that nothing was impossible for them. They’re not like us mortals […]

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