Week 8: Willie Nelson

52 Faces Project A sketch in my Moleskine daily planner of someone who inspires me, once a week, every week, in 2016. Who: Willie Nelson What: Country music legend, singer/songwriter, author, poet, and activist. Where: Born in  Abbott, TX April 29, 1933 (age 82)  Why:   My dad loved Willie Nelson.  I called him during a concertContinue reading “Week 8: Willie Nelson”

Inspiring M*U*S*I*C: Hauschka at NPR: Improvisation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43Z4yljYY_c

In this incredible display of human creativity, German-born pianist Hauschka plays his piano by inserting objects like ping-pong balls, aluminum foil or leather in between the strings or attaches them to the hammers, creating an amazingly layered sound. To learn more about Hauschka, visit his music biography page here.

I think the video, shot at the NPR studios, is well done, and I love the look of concentration and peace on his face. The vibrant display of the human spirit that is unique and beautiful in each of us, never fails to amaze me.

Happy Thursday.

Getting the most out of 88 piano keys…

Inspiring M*U*S*I*C :   Hauschka Beautiful music using ping pong balls, barbecue skewers and electrical tape?  Before I would have doubted, but I am now a believer. In this incredible display of human creativity, German-born musician Hauschka creates an amazing layered sound by inserting objects like ping-pong balls, aluminum foil or leather in between the  strings orContinue reading “Getting the most out of 88 piano keys…”