The Dark Side of Success…Thoughts on Musicians and the Post Concert Blues

Today’s the first day I’ve felt hopeful, inspired and motivated in about three weeks. I’d been going non stop since last January where every month since then had some “big thing” and I never had more than a day or two to slow down before revving up for the next project, talk, workshop, presentation, interview […]

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Why it’s OK to Be Proud of Yourself.

Take a moment and consider all the things you have achieved until this point. Lessons Auditions Competitions Challenging situations Challenging relationships: teachers, mentors, conductors, coaches, parents All the hours of practicing All the hours of rehearsing All the hours of travel All the frustration, irritation, fear, doubt, jealousy, competition Each degree: High school diploma, Bachelors, […]

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How Roger Federer Can Help You Excel on Stage.

Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of going after yours. Zig Ziglar  I didn’t really become a fan of Roger Federer (17 times grand slam tennis winner, ATP world #2)  until later in his career when people started writing him off, saying he was on his way out. First he […]

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Are You Waiting for Permission to Be Successful?

Do You Have Brilliant Ideas? Have you ever had a really GREAT idea but had no clear sense of how to make it happen?  Perhaps you ou have two diverse passions and you want to bring them together in a unique way that hasn’t been done before.  Or you see a cause that you’d like […]

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Inspiration for When You’re Down and Out.

It’s been a while since I’ve written.  I lost focus and got knocked off my path.  It’s true.  I won’t lie.  I DID have family visiting, but that’s not an excuse right?! Well, I’m starting with the above photo, because I think it’s a great metaphor.  If you’ve ever been to the San Francisco or […]

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Are You Feeling the “Musician’s Hustle”?

You know that dance, where you’re always rearranging your schedule because some new gig or part time job comes in and you have the chance to earn more money?  You’ve got a meeting with friends scheduled but you suddenly get a gig, so you cancel last minute.  Or you suddenly get some part time work […]

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Coming Home to Me and My Cello.

“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.” Eleanor Roosevelt Lately courage has been a theme I can’t seem to get away from. In the past few months I’ve been taking massive action […]

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What is Your Body Language Saying on Stage?

“If language was given to men to conceal their thoughts, then gesture’s purpose was to disclose them.” John Napier Recently I walked into my husband’s office where he was watching videos of a recent cello recital on the computer.  The sound was off as he had his Bose noise reduction headphones on as he stared intently at […]

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Welcome!

Dear Reader, I am so thrilled to welcome you to the Wholehearted Musician! The Wholehearted Musician evolved out my previous work, the Psychology of Performance.  The name change came after watching the extraordinary Ted Talk by Brene Brown, PhD. (www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html)  I want to help bridge the gap between suffering and fulfillment, by providing somatic, psychological […]

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