BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


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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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Birthday Time

Birthday Time

March nearly slipped by while I’ve been busy traveling and planning events and practicing for my spring recital. Not only cannot I not make up for lost time, as I wrote about last week, I can’t keep up with the speed of time. It moves too quickly and the older I get the faster it […]

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Lost Time

Lost Time

I missed ten days of piano practice; ten of the fourteen I have between lessons. Sickness put me on the couch. I simply didn’t have the energy to sit at the piano and work like I usually do. When I finally felt well enough to practice, it was not pretty. My music had slowed down […]

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Unexpected Art

Unexpected Art

I’ve been hungry for chicken pot pie for several weeks. It’s the perfect winter dish. I just needed someone to share it. When my friend came for the weekend, I already had chicken pot pie on the menu. In my freezer I had leftover cooked chicken, puff pastry, and peas. In my fridge I had […]

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Deep and Long

Deep and Long

I saw reference the other day to the rapidity of a surgeon’s scalpel. I’m not doctor — or surgeon — but from my sketchy medical knowledge, I suspect they cut quickly, once they know exactly where they’re going. Their tools are razor-sharp. And they can go deep, through layers of tissue.   It set me […]

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