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  • Potato Chips, Conveyor Belts and Wounded Warriors

    By Peter Himmelman

    April 10, 2013 | 10:28 am

    You plan and you dream and you wait. It’s as though you’re on a conveyor belt that’s slowly bringing you nearer, imperceptibly nearer, to the time you must eventually deliver. I feel like I’m in a factory with a batch of Lay’s potato chips that’s ready to roll off the belt and into...

  • Funkytown Plays Hard

    By Peter Himmelman

    September 24, 2012 | 3:05 pm

    In 1979 there was a revolutionary new song out called Funkytown by a band called, Lipps Inc.. The damn thing was everywhere; on the radio, on MTV, in elevators, at clubs, even playing overhead in the frozen foods section of the Red Owl. As fate would have it, a local Minneapolis...

  • Iced Tea, Mastery and the Plight of the Internal Editor

    By Peter Himmelman

    August 29, 2012 | 4:52 pm

    This question comes from Alan Roscoe of Olympia, Washington and it addresses a fundamental challenge of being human.
    “Lately, every time I start something new, whether it’s a business proposal or a birthday card to my wife, I’m assailed from within. It’s like I hear a voice...

  • When The elders Ask You To Sing

    By Peter Himmelman

    August 15, 2012 | 9:41 pm

    When people think of creativity or creative people they usually think of painters and dancers, writers, and actors – people who make things for others to hear or look at. Recently, I’ve started thinking of creativity as something completely different. Take this example: In the...

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  • Legal & Inspiring Thievery 101

    By Peter Himmelman

    August 8, 2012 | 11:01 am

    I got this question from Loretta Ruiz of Tempe, Arizona and it got me thinking about how far we need to go to stretch our imaginations and fire up our thought processes.

    “Peter, I consider myself a pretty accomplished songwriter except for one big problem. I find it extremely...

  • Reflections on the Fast of the Ninth of Av

    By Peter Himmelman

    July 30, 2012 | 7:54 pm

    Today is the fast of the 9th of Av. I’m not gonna explain it for you if you don’t know what it is - and why should you? Who goes around afflicting themselves over the destruction of an ancient temple these days? Twenty-five hours without food or water. This isn’t some hippie...

  • A Perspective Large Enough to Swallow Our Own

    By Peter Himmelman

    July 25, 2012 | 2:09 pm

    A year ago I received a letter from a distraught man. He had every reason to be: his wife (“she really loves your music…”) was diagnosed with breast cancer. He was writing to me to ask if there was any chance I might send her a note of encouragement since she’d soon be...

  • Wildebeests, Will, And The Specificity Of Need  

    By Peter Himmelman

    July 18, 2012 | 8:34 pm

    Here’s a question from Melanie R. of Baltimore, Maryland:
     
    “Dear Big Muse what’s the best way to actually finish something? I walk around with all these ideas for things I want to accomplish creatively but I can’t seem to see them through.”
     
     Melanie, without knowing what...

  • Seeing Humanity Through Two Bags Of Moldy Cheese

    By Peter Himmelman

    July 10, 2012 | 6:00 pm

    The Ethics of Our Fathers, an ancient Jewish text, tells us there are four distinct types when it comes to anger:

    1. Slow to anger quick to pacify
    2. Quick to anger quick to pacify
    3. Slow to anger slow to pacify
    4. Quick to anger slow to pacify

    Can you see yourself? The...