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Between Boredom and Busy

  I was chatting on the phone with my mother yesterday, telling her about the various things I was working on: my students, clients, the festival, etc. I was explaining that February and March had a lot going on in them and that perhaps… Continue Reading “Between Boredom and Busy”

How to Turn a Rejection Into a Win

  As a high school musician growing up outside of Chicago, one of the coveted “wins” was to be a finalist in the Chicago Symphony Young Artists competition.  After the prelims, you’d stay at home, waiting for the phone to ring with the news… Continue Reading “How to Turn a Rejection Into a Win”

The Practice of Practicing

Peter Wiley, professor of cello at the Curtis Institute and Bard College and Conservatory, and of Beaux Arts Trio and Guarneri String Quartet fame, came in to do a masterclass for my Bridge Online Cello Studio students yesterday. We were about 15 minutes in… Continue Reading “The Practice of Practicing”

The Power of Your Imaginary Lives

  Many (many) moons ago, I was a young orchestral fellow at the New World Symphony down in Miami, FL.  I was living the life. I had my own apartment on South Beach just a few steps from both the beach and the celebrity-laden… Continue Reading “The Power of Your Imaginary Lives”

THE 5 PEOPLE YOU NEED AROUND YOU TO FIND SUCCESS (PART 5)

  Over the past four (okay….5…ish) weeks, we have been talking about the Five People that you need to surround yourself with in order to be successful at a new project.  Whether that project is a new diet or fitness regime, a practicing challenge,… Continue Reading “THE 5 PEOPLE YOU NEED AROUND YOU TO FIND SUCCESS (PART 5)”

The 5 People You Need Around You to Find Success (Part 4)

(This is the fourth in a 5-part series)   The other day I got a nice surprise email from an acquaintance of mine from Boston. This woman was a regular at my concerts. Not a cellist herself, but a huge fan, and she always… Continue Reading “The 5 People You Need Around You to Find Success (Part 4)”

The 5 People You Need Around You to Find Success (Part 3)

(This is the third in a 5-part series)   How are you doing? It’s been A WEEK over here.  A week of last lessons, college applications, (more!) letters of recommendation, Christmas preparations, and general wrapping-up-of-the-year type things.  Wednesday night I was coaching a quartet… Continue Reading “The 5 People You Need Around You to Find Success (Part 3)”

The 5 People You Need Around You to Find Success (Part 2)

  (This is the second in a 5-part series)   As we creep ever-so-slowly towards 2021 (seriously, friends, will 2020 EVER END?) a lot of us are thinking about the career curveballs that were thrown at us last year, and are taking a firm… Continue Reading “The 5 People You Need Around You to Find Success (Part 2)”

The 5 People You Need Around You to Find Success (Part 1)

(This is the first in a 5-part series)   Last week, inside the Tales From The Lane Facebook Group, I hosted a 3-day training on how musicians can take advantage of the opportunities presented by our current circumstances to re-write not only their careers… Continue Reading “The 5 People You Need Around You to Find Success (Part 1)”

The Only Mantra You’ll Ever Need

The other day, I was at the optometrist’s getting a lesson on “how to insert and remove contact lenses”. I have wanted contacts ever since I had to start wearing glasses regularly (hello 40’s!) and I have been terrified of them for just as… Continue Reading “The Only Mantra You’ll Ever Need”