Month: June 2009

Viva Mr. B

Check out this choir from PS 22 in Staten Island — proof of the equation:  regular kids + master teacher + time = complete and utter brilliance. The thing I take away is how much Gregg Breinberg has ignited these kids to link their identity to singing, a moment that’s evident in their faces and …

Piano Magic

Meet the Next Big Thing in classical music: 20-year-old Nobuyuiki Tsujii, winner of last week’s Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Tsujii, who the first blind winner in the contest’s 13-year history, embodies some basic truths of deep practice and ignition. From Barry Schlachter’s story in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
[Tsujii’s parents] sensed their son’s tastes at …

David Byrne: How Did He Get Here?

While in NYC last week — a slight cultural change from Alaska — I was pleased to spot David Byrne at a Chelsea restaurant. And since he’s one of my alltime favorite artists, I nobly resisted the urge to get an autograph and instead checked out Byrne’s blog. It’s delightfully random — including his musings on …

Crazy Tennis Parents

 Here’s a provocative idea to save American tennis, entertainingly floated by Huan Hsu in today’s Slate: junk the expensive academies, the fancy training programs, and the sophisticated scouting systems, and replace them with what really produces champions: nutjob tennis parents. Huan writes:
Tennis consists of only a handful of basic strokes and strategies. As such, parents who …