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  • Peter Himmelman’s new music video takes on Israel-Gaza conflict

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    2 days ago

    In Peter Himmelman’s  new music video of his song “Maximum Restraint,” the folk-rocker combines searing images of the conflict in Gaza with lyrics staunchly supporting Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas terrorism.

    The angry, even sarcastic song has come as something of...

  • Marv Needs a Coffee Break

    By Peter Himmelman

    November 2, 2012 | 5:10 pm

    I never attended Columbia, Stanford or Yale; hell, I never even attended college, not even for a day. Imagine how many times I’ve been assailed with the thought that I have no right to sit down to write anything. How many times I’ve been struck by some inner voice calling me an...

  • Dreamators Ltd. (the movie crew in our minds)

    By Peter Himmelman

    October 24, 2012 | 8:14 pm

    The stories we tell ourselves to deflect from doing the things we dream of doing are wonderfully written. They’ve got nuance, detail and incredible dialogue. In fact they’re masterworks of searing influence. Marv, (that's the name I give to the internal critic - that voice in our...

  • 25 Rules For The Creative

    By Peter Himmelman

    October 17, 2012 | 4:58 pm

    1 - Feel, don't intellectualize
    2 - Don't try to be good- just be
    3 - The goal is to finish within the form
    4 - It doesn't have to mean anything, it just has to make you feel everything
    5 - The world seems like disconnected pieces, show its unity
    6 - Find freedom in structure...

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  • The Milky Way and the Tiny Piece of Grass

    By Peter Himmelman

    October 12, 2012 | 4:54 pm

    Imagine that our boundless joy, the kind we get when we’re walking around with the sense that our lives are full of endless possibilities is a gigantic Milky Way bar. I don’t care if you don’t like candy or even if you don’t like Milky Way bars -just for the moment imagine that you...

  • 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...

  • Earring

    By Peter Himmelman

    September 11, 2012 | 11:22 am


    October 1978.  Hopkins, Minnesota.

    Today I’m going to do something dangerous. I’ll drive to Ridgedale. I’ll walk into Now and Then and ask to have my ear pierced.  First though, I’ll drive to my father’s office to alert him of my plan. I’m sure he won’t be happy. Ex marines...

  • An Organization Dedicated To Failure

    By Peter Himmelman

    September 6, 2012 | 1:15 pm


    About four years ago, just after I was… dare I say it, “replaced” from a job as a composer on a major network television show, I began meeting with some friends to help get over feeling like the biggest loser in the world. I had failed hard. I failed miserably. Of course I had....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • About

    By Peter Himmelman

    June 10, 2012 | 5:58 pm

    In addition to being a Grammy and Emmy nominated songwriter and composer, Peter Himmelman is a visual artist, writer and founder of Big Muse—an organization dedicated to increasing creativity.

  • Thursday night with Rhoda

    By David Suissa

    February 22, 2011 | 12:36 pm

    I don’t often write pieces for upcoming events. I’m better at writing about them after the fact, when I figure I’ll have more to say. But this year, I have to make an exception and give a plug for a local Jewish woman who is universally loved by the community. How do I know...

  • Picks and Clicks for September 5-11, 2009

    By Dikla Kadosh

    September 2, 2009 | 8:04 pm

    SAT | SEPTEMBER 5

    (THEATER)
    Shelley Berman, the first stand-up comedian to appear at Carnegie Hall and the first to win a Grammy for best comedy album, will star in the Celebrity Staged Play Reading of “Keep the Two Dollars,” by Bill Barnett. The comedy’s plot involves an...

  • Eight Jewish albums hit high notes in ‘07

    By George Robinson

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    At the risk of sounding like Walter Cronkite, what kind of a year has it been in Jewish music?

    It's been a very good year, though you wouldn't know it from this annual compilation of five-star records -- there are only eight this year, the fewest in the decade I've been doing this....

  • Sounds to stir your soul

    By George Robinson

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The month of Elul, that time of introspection and self-examination that precedes the High Holy Days, by its very nature should move us toward a peak of spiritual intensity that washes into the Days of Awe. No surprise, then, that the music of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is among the...
  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    With May Day come sundry outdoor celebrations. At today's Venice Garden Tour, the beach city's green thumbs flaunt their flora and fauna for the benefit of at-risk youth. The fundraiser for the Neighborhood Youth Association's Las Doradas Children's Center and Learning...