Dorothy Parker’s Summer

Indian Summer

In youth, it was a way I had
To do my best to please,
And change, with every passing lad,
To suit his theories.

But now I know the things I know,
And do the things I do;
And if you do not like me so,
To hell, my love, with you!

You MUST control the humidity

It has been freezing in New England and running the shop humidifiers has been critical. The photo shows the only time ever that the various hygrometers have been in such agreement. RH is in the 40% range because it rained for half a day before freezing again. Usually it is a struggle to keep […]

My Evolution as a Webmaster

I’ve had good teachers.

I’ve always had a sense that no matter what I was involved in, there was always somebody better at it and something I didn’t know. In some activities you have to know when to balance this with the simple enjoyment of the activity, like piano playing.

In other activities, like piano work, I’ve always felt like somebody better was standing right there, watching me, waiting to evaluate my work when I was done. This can be, of course, somewhat unnerving but I found it always pushed me to raise my standards, to be better and my skill level and clients have benefited.

I’ve been managing and developing website for a long time now, at least 10 years. I have always been interested in the information organization and dissemination aspects rather than the design aspects. I’m no designer and I’m really not a coder so I always sought out tools that would allow me to concentrate on the information rather than the raw html, css or sql coding. Even so, I slowly developed my ability to deal with robots.txt, htaccess files, php scripts and sql databases.

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Thinking about Michael Jackson

I’m over Arizona at 30,000 feet catching up on my writing. Delta, my new favorite airline after Jet Blue went mainstream, offers on-demand video which really helps the time pass. I’ve watched District 9, and September Issue and am now completely caught up in the Michael Jackson film This Is It. Even a small […]

My Christmas present to myself

It’s a great DVD of a large Russian babushka playing the piano and yes, I am that nerdy.

Love Music = Love Alex Ross

If you love music and you haven’t discovered Alex Ross, you’re in for a treat. Ross is the music critic at The New Yorker and the author of 2 wonderful books on music.
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I’ve (re)Joined a Cult!

I've rejoined a cult that has had a huge influence on my life for years. And, I'm happy about it!

What does quality mean?

Quality is a term that is passed about with great ease in the piano industry. The term itself has a rather benign meaning; “high grade, superiority, excellence”. But what does that mean in the piano world and is there any reason the term high quality should be limited to certain makers?

If you’ve been exposed […]

Travels – Berlin

SPOILER Alert: There is nothing related to pianos in this post.

I was back in Berlin recently. This being my 3rd trip, I’m beginning to feel like I know my way around a little. However this time it was freezing and dangerous since clearly nobody shovels snow in Berlin and every single walking surface was […]

The value of classical music

Here is a really great short essay on why serious music is important.