Kendra Johnson,
oboe and English horn

Here I post (and repost) articles, stories, and other great stuff. Enjoy!

January 13, 2015

Words to live by...

I recently found a quote I cut out a long time ago. It seems especially relevant to me now, on this isolated tropical island where I now find myself!

"In fact, the ability to start out upon your own impulse is fundamental to the gift of keeping going upon your own terms, not to mention the further and more fulfilling gift of getting started all over again - never resting upon the oars of success or in the doldrums of disappointment... Getting started, keeping going, getting started again - in art and in life, it seems to me this is the essential rhythm."   - Seamus Heaney

November 12, 2014

Just in case there is any doubt, here is a beautiful address about...

Why Art Matters

by Karl Paulnak at Boston Conservatory.

" is not part of "arts and entertainment" as the newspaper section would have us believe. It's not a luxury, a lavish thing that we fund from leftovers of our budgets, not a plaything or an amusement or a pass time. Music is a basic need of human survival. Music is one of the ways we make sense of our lives, one of the ways in which we express feelings when we have no words, a way for us to understand things with our hearts when we can't with our minds."


November 12, 2014

Inside an Oboe Factory

Ever wonder how an oboe is made? The folks at Howarth open their doors.


November 12, 2014

Football Star Finds New Calling At The Opera

Since it is football season, let's kickoff with this one... a great story about a dramatic change in career and the importance of experiencing failure.