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Harry Speaks From Beyond The Grave

Posted on August 23, 2013 with 0 comments
Harry Speaks From Beyond the Grave    by Sue Terry    I recently had a session with a medium who came highly recommended as someone experienced in communicating with those who had passed from the Earth plane.  She was very good; I appreciated her work and her abilities.  But when she said there was someone there named "Harold", all I could think of was my dear Chihuahua, Harry, who had died a few months prior.      Harry had cataracts and had lost vision in one eye before becoming completely blind.  He eventually also lost his teeth (we found out later his jaw had decomposed due to cancer) and could no longer engage in his favorite sport, chomping on chewsticks.      The final straw in Harry's decline was the sudden death of his mate Zsa Zsa, from congestive heart failure.  He was despondent but hung on for another eight months, a blind, toothless widower.      On the up side, Harry [...]
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If other doublers are like me, they have certain exercises they do on certain instruments.  But they don't try those exercises on their other instruments, even if it would be an easy switch. 
Last night at the Deer Head Inn, Lew Tabackin was playing his ass off with his "International Trio" of Boris Kozlov (who used to play in my band Terra Mars) on bass, and Mark Taylor on drums.  During the break Lew sat down at our table to continue a conversation he and I were having earlier. 
Since we were a table of sax players (with my husband Gil, and even my brother Brian, who was visiting, used to play bari in high school) we were talking shop, and Lew mentioned that he does the Marcel Moyse flute exercise (longtones descending in half steps, 2 at a time repeated) on saxophone starting on the lower G and going down to Bb, with the loosest embouchure possible. 
I thought that was a great idea and I plan to implement it immediately.
BTW if you are not hip to the astounding [...]
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IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO JUST BE GREAT

Posted on January 6, 2013 with 0 comments
    My mind keeps returning to the 22 year old chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen.  I wrote about him in my book For The Curious.  If you don't know who he is just Google him; he's the number one ranked chess player in the world.  When he was asked how he comes up with his seemingly-precognitive moves, he replies, "I don't know; sometimes a move just feels right."     For a long time, it hasn't been enough to be good.  Now, it's not even enough to be great.  Now you have to have that extra, undefinable thing.      If you want to be a truly amazing artist, you must go very deep into yourself, into the world, into the universe, into the meaning of things.  You must go to the very source of everything.  Luckily, we can do that, because we ourselves come from that source.  It's not something outside ourselves; we are part of it, so it is in us.      Mine that source, and you will connect [...]
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UFO Trio

Posted on September 20, 2012 with 1 comment
Last year I started a "series" at the Deer Head called Meeting of Musical Minds. The first event featured myself with the great trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, with Bobby Avey (Thelonious Monk composition competition winner) on piano, Evan Gregor on bass, and Mike Stephans on drums.

I call it a series but it doesn't have a regular schedule, it's just when I decide to put an event together. The criteria for a MoMM event is that all the players have to be deep--as in profound. They also have to be free from the ego-driven stance that some players have. Because it's all about listening to each other and sharing the spotlight, musically speaking.

The idea is that when these musicians play as a group, incredible music can be made. There is a focus on improvisation, especially collective improv where everyone is creating the arrangement right on the spot. This is fun for the audience as well, because they get to see the creative process at work.

For the second MMoM, I chose pianist Jesse [...]
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FOR WHOM AM I WRITING?

Posted on August 5, 2012 with 0 comments
Last year I started a saxophone website, which I intended to be a repository for all the knowledge and insights about saxophones and saxophone playing I have gleaned over the years. 
I signed up for a website service that checks all your pages for the correct number and placement of keywords, so that your site can be found by search engines and spiders (automated web patrols.)
I wrote a lot of material for the site and posted it, carefully chopping up and simplifying my prose until it was dumbed down enough to satisfy not only the web spiders, but also the lowest common denominator of human visitors.
I am taking the site down.  After the realization sunk in that I was working my ass off to please automated Internet programs, instead of my readers (and myself!), I was horrified.  Yes, I know it will be harder for people to find my stuff now. 
Good.  Multi sunt vocati, pauci vero electi.
I guess this is why I'm an artist and not a businessperson. 


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