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...
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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...
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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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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:
- Slow to anger quick to pacify
- Quick to anger quick to pacify
- Slow to anger slow to pacify
- Quick to anger slow to pacify
Can you see yourself? The...
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...
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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...
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