Taqsim and Improvisation–are they the same thing?

Taqsim and Improvisation–are they the same thing?

Um, yes. Technically, they are, as taqsim means instrumental improvisation. So they do go hand in hand. Of course, it is much easier to improvise to rhythmic music–most of our dance music has a 4/4 rhythm, and a fairly consistent pattern of verses and choruses. The classic orchestral music has more complex structures, but even…

Whatchu Lookin’ At?

Whatchu Lookin’ At?

“In 1987, Francine Shapiro was walking in the park when she realized that eye movements appeared to decrease the negative emotion associated with her own distressing memories…” Thus was born Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, aka EMDR. The way it works (in a very tiny nutshell), involves holding challenging memories in the mind’s eye, while stimulating the…

Giving Thanks…

It’s Thanksgiving in the USA today. While that first feast of the pilgrims and the Indians, one of our enduring American myths, is a big lie–the colonizers, as usual, decimated the indigenous people–I like the family nature of the day itself, that it is not a religious holiday, and it does not involve gifts beyond…