Piano Meditations Podcast

Welcome to Piano Meditations Podcast. Each week I will be hosting a listening session, exploring the keyboard in whatever way feels right that evening. It may be meditative, or meandering, or energetic, even chaotic, but most important, not just safe and predictable.

Episode 89, 11-27-19

November 27th, 2019

A new listener tonight, always a treat! It's a lot of fun to share the sound of this beautiful piano, and be able to play any notes I want in whatever order I choose, to hear the music I want to hear, and have people actively listening and enjoying it. In eleven more evenings it will be the 100th episode!

Episode 88, 11-20-19

November 20th, 2019

Small but appreciative audience tonight. However, this podcast is getting some real action, I'm excited to say! Over 400 listens yesterday, and more than 5000 this week. I'm continuing to focus on listening to where melodies and harmonies want to go, and doing my best to "follow the music". 

Episode 87, 11-13-19

November 13th, 2019

Three friends in the audience tonight; I'm glad they came because the previous two hours I was trying to figure out a way to do Livestreaming through my podcast host, to no avail. I was frustrated and hadn't had dinner or warmed up my fingers, much less gotten into a good musical headspace. Having people here who were ready to just listen to some nice music was very centering and appreciated!

Episode 86, 11-6-19

November 6th, 2019

Pushing through a cold, but once the music started I forgot all about it. Having an interesting inner dialogue about the balance between interest, variety and boredom. Tonight I stayed with some sonorities longer than I usually would, and I was wondering if the audience might be losing interest because there wasn't enough variety, but I also realize that sometimes I may not give my audience enough credit to stay with the music and I mix things up before it needs to be. What do you think?

Episode 85, 10-30-19

October 30th, 2019

OK, so the night before Halloween you gotta do some minor keys! I explored some unusual minor chord changes which create a kind of cinematic excitement and tonal ambiguity.  

Episode 84, 10-16-19

October 16th, 2019

A couple new listeners tonight! The weather was stormy, we got a fire going, settled in after a delicious dinner, and then the music! That's what I call a nice night.

Episode 83, 10-8-19

October 8th, 2019

Except for one quasi-pop piece which never felt like it got started, the music tonight seemed to have a nice flow and an organic development. 

Episode 82, 10-2-19

October 2nd, 2019

It's getting harder to really challenge myself to explore new territory. I've got a nice sound going that's tonal, relatively mellow, and highlights the resonance of the piano. When I go for more high-energy technique I can feel my limitations, and then I pull back so as not to totally crash. Maybe that's just the right spot; I'd be taking that approach if I was racing a car!

Episode 81, 9-15-19

September 25th, 2019

Bonus episode! This is audio from a concert at our local library, recorded with the phone. Audio quality is not so good, but it captures the afternoon. I deleted the applause after most pieces, in keeping with the usual sound of the podcast, but at the end the music was still going when the crowd jumped in, so... how could I resist? ;)

Episode 80, 9-25-19

September 25th, 2019

Had a small audience tonight after two weeks solo! It does make a difference knowing people are hearing the sound of the Steinway live. It makes me listen more intently to the sound of the notes ringing in the room. 

Episode 79, 9-19-19

September 19th, 2019

Just me in the living room again tonight, but I know I have online listeners and it still feels like there's an audience! Felt a little subdued tonight; just kept leaning towards melodies curling around each other. One piece was intentionally "bad" or at least intentionally off-key. I felt I needed to shake myself out of a gauzy tonality! Enjoy.

Episode 78, 9-12-19

September 12th, 2019

This was the first time I played for an entirely virtual audience! The debates are on (and I'm about to tune in) so I wasn't surprised. Interestingly, I definitely had a bit harder time getting past my go-to default sounds, but I think there were some good moments in there. Enjoy.

Episode 77, 9-4-19

September 4th, 2019

Had some fun tonight with folk-type melodies. We all have these archetypical tunes in our heads, so how to play with them without being stereotypical of the archetypes? You decide if it worked!

Episode 76, 8-28-19

August 28th, 2019

Sometimes you have to break something to break through to something. I was feeling like I was plagiarizing myself, so I took the playing to a kind of crazy place, and then, true enough, came to a place that felt authentic, where I could just let the music evolve as it needed to. 

Episode 75, 8-7-19

August 7th, 2019

Kept hearing a little buzz tonight; stopped and started a few times but ultimately had to just embrace it and keep going! Maybe I played a little louder tonight to compensate. Had some fun with bluesy and Broadway sounds. 

Episode 74, 7-31-19

July 31st, 2019

Glad to squeeze an episode in tonight! Had some new listeners too. Just came off a week playing for dancers at Noyes School of Rhythm (www.noyesrhythm.org) so the music may be a little more "elemental". You be the judge; enjoy!

Episode 73, 7-10-19

July 10th, 2019

Once again enjoying the fresh tuning by master tuner and pianist Victor La Gamma. Whenever it's so perfect I automatically fall into playing lots of basic triads and simple harmonies because it just sounds so sweet. Enjoy. 

No Piano Meditations next two weeks.

Episode 72, 7-3-19

July 4th, 2019

Just family in the audience tonight; my mother-in-law asked for some Scott Joplin and I happened to have a rag in the repertoire. I sort of kept with the "oompah" bass for a while, which turned into a version of the jazz tune "Black Orpheus", and in honor of Independence Day did a medley of "America" mixed with John Lennon's "Yesterday". Enjoy.

Episode 71, 6-19-19

June 19th, 2019

New guests tonight! Kind of went all over the place; tonal, twisted, waltzy. Sometimes I just felt like being a little random...

Episode 70, 6-12-19

June 12th, 2019

Just hanging with chord progressions. Enjoy!

Episode 69, 6-5-19

June 5th, 2019

Still really digging into the romantic; I'm having a good time exploring counterpoint with double melodies and inner voicings. Some kind of musical theater thing showed up, too. Enjoy.

Episode 68, 5-29-19

May 29th, 2019

Audience of one! But that's who's actually in my living room; seeing some nice statistics of the podcast! 677 listeners yesterday, 4577 just this week. Keeps me motivated. Tonight I made more "mistakes" but I was also more "into it"; following the energy and really feeling involved in the music. Enjoy.

Episode 67, 5-23-19

May 23rd, 2019

Apologies if you tried to listen with a previous upload; something happened where it was shortened and/or was playing part of another night's music. This should be the whole evening. I'm going to listen all the way through to make sure! 

Episode 66, 4-10-19

April 10th, 2019

For the first time tonight I wasn't feeling a desire to play; I knew people would be watching on FB Live, so I didn't just blow it off. But then two people from the neighborhood came! Sure enough, it was great to just focus on making music for 45 minutes. Enjoy.

 

Episode 65, 4-3-19

April 3rd, 2019

Still in a "romantic" phase; channeling my inner Puccini or Verdi! :)

It just feels so good to play these rich chords and linger on them; I can't help it! One piece I tried to have some percussive hand switching with repeated notes, but I could really feel my limitations rhythmically. Still kept going even though it felt awkward. I've learned that most of the time when I listen back it doesn't sound nearly as terrible as I think it does when it's happening!