BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: music

The Recital

The Recital

My fifth annual piano recital has been accomplished. A group of about twenty came to my house on Thursday, another group on Friday, and a third group on Saturday — for Classics and Cookies. The music I played was what I call “lesson music” — the pieces I work on throughout the year with Dr. […]

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Carried Images

Carried Images

For the last couple of weeks I’ve struggled with one page of a new piece of music. The key signature is six flats, which I can do. The complicating factor is a gazillion accidentals, making it a challenge to keep up with which notes I’m supposed to be playing. I attempted to play the page […]

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Sustenance

Sustenance

I have two questions for your consideration this week: What sustains you when the going gets tough? Where is your calm place in challenging times? I’m thinking of those times, like the current holiday season, when there’s too much to do and too little time and expectations for a perfect Christmas. I’m thinking of those […]

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Foundation check

Foundation check

I’m thinking impatience should be a virtue — then I would certainly be virtuous! Most of my friends would be virtuous as well. But, alas, that’s not how the world works. Impatience can be a motivator, often, though not always. Sometimes it just causes us to take shortcuts. I’ve been thinking lately about the importance […]

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Emotional Cragginess

Emotional Cragginess

I’ve been a fan of Leonard Bernstein since I first saw his Young People’s Concerts in the late 1950’s. By that time I was well into my piano studies. I envied his musical passion. In The Joy of Music, Bernstein penned these words: These mountains have a quality of majesty and craggy exaltation that suggest Beethoven to me. […]

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