Moonstone Music

Musings on music composition, walks in the woods, and life after the big city.

Location: Moonstone, Ontario, Canada

I'm a music composer, clarinetist, writer, podcaster, environmentalist and warrior against the terrors of everyday living!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Toronto's Four Seasons Center

Outrageous!!. The new opera house has opened in Toronto without one piece of Canadian music on the programme! So the people who have created this structure believe that the people who can afford tickets want to be seen in a luxurious building, listening ad infinitum to music composed centuries before the invention of the technology that warms their chairs, powers their sports utility vehicles and entertains them 24 hours a day. They feel the people willing to spend the money and energy to go out to an opera house want only the familiar, the old, the dead. Phooey! They’ll be bored stiff while today’s composers will be starving.

Friday, April 21, 2006


It’s been a rough few months but today, the backyard daffodils bloomed! Well, yesterday evening, actually, but this morning was the first chance I got to take a picture. I’m definitely feeling more hopeful about things although I wish life would get a whole lot easier a whole lot quicker. Going out to the backyard, now, to burn some more dead branches and brush, sip my cocoa, and think about an herb garden!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Easter Cantata Read-Through

Nick and I are pulling together a team of musicians to read through the Easter Cantata in March. It’s very exciting! We have a cello instead of a viola, however, and I’ve been rewriting the viola parts for the cello. It’s been so interesting revisiting the choices I made for a voice which essentially blends so well. Now, listening to a more prominent voice in that part, it's amazing how the chords sound so different that often they need to be changed. I’ve finished the Crucifixion and I’m about halfway through the Resurrection. I need to finish this quickly so I can get back to my other projects, but I’m still enjoying this process.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Awkward schedule

Well, phew. I started a new full-time job and everything is at sixes and sevens. It’s also shift work, so after having been day people for years Nick and I are now adjusting to an evening shift. We’ve been changing our schedule to get in our walks and my composing before I leave for work, and trying to get enough sleep when I return and it’s been challenging to say the least. So far, I’m working Monday to Friday so tomorrow morning we get to take a breath!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006


I just finished knitting these mittens!

It’s funny how calming knitting is. That whole obsession about getting the next row done to the detriment of all other things in life hasn’t hit yet. Hopefully it won’t. I gave up knitting and all my crafts, beading, embroidery, crossstitch etc., when I was in Caledon, thinking it was somehow taking away energy from the music. But knitting at least seems to be complementary. I do it when I would be otherwise waiting or talking or just plain not available for music. And so far, I’m loving it!

Friday, January 13, 2006


Nervous. On my way to play clarinet and piano duets with a pianist I haven’t met before. What makes me so nervous is not my playing so much. Although I’m out of peak practice and I’m nervous about what she’ll think of my playing, I have always acquitted myself very well in these situations. I think what’s really causing me grief is that I’m hoping we’ll be compatible so I can invite her to be part of the Easter Cantata read-through. It would be so wonderful if that could happen. But of course, if there are problems; for instance, she’s too busy, she doesn’t like my playing or my music, she’s not the right kind of pianist etc. etc.; my hopes and dreams will be bruised once more. Sometimes… ha, lots of times, music is painful. Or at least the things around the making of it are. The music itself makes up for it, but boy, the road to the performance is often fraught with anxieties, difficulties and pain.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Good news

Warming up and rain coming today. It sure makes everything look drab.

I’ve been slogging away on the aria but got a great lift today when Nick touched base with a tenor who may be able to participate in the read-through. He took the tenor parts to his music lesson where his teacher and he sight read them and apparently had a ball! He said it was delightful music! It is so wonderful to hear positive things about one’s own creation!

Now if only I could get the thing finished!!!