Sacred Sound and Silence: A Cello Meditation

Cellist David Eby (of Pink Martini and The Bodhi Trio) performs deeply inspired pieces by Bach, Kriyananda, Yogananda, and Arvo Pärt with guided meditation to take you deep into the experience of the Divine within you.

Spring Overwhelm – How Do You Deal?

Do you ever get overwhelmed this time of year? I’m preparing for a stretch of very intense performing, teaching and presenting, and sometimes my mind and body rebel against my best intentions. What’s the best thing to do? I’ve learned over

How to Make Sacred Music Truly Sacred

It was hot—really hot as I wound my way up the Historic Columbia River Highway to the Royal School of Church Music Retreat. The river glistened in the evening light as I entered the beautiful grounds of the Menucha Retreat Center in Corbett,

The Sunday Matinee Challenge

It’s 2:00 on a Sunday afternoon. The perfect time for a nap. Returning to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall 15 hours after last night’s applause had died away, I sobered to the next phase of my challenge: Can I tap into Inspired

Are you courageous enough to be calm before performing?

“If you aren’t nervous, you’re not paying attention!” For countless years I thought worrisome backstage behavior was a badge of honor. It showed a high degree of awareness, care and concern, and therefore implied a higher degree of musical development. The less I allowed myself

The Thief that Stole My Song

I’m going to tell you the story about the thief that stole my song (my deep joy of music), the journey I took to find it again, and the unexpected treasure I discovered. But let me start in the middle,

Are You a Spiritually Independent Musician?

Is your spirituality tucked safely out of harms way? Have you ever yearned to bring into the secular world of the Arts the deep spiritual truths that you have experienced? Centuries ago we created a barrier separating the Arts and Sciences from the

The marketable benefits of meditation for musicians

Meditation is becoming more and more mainstream, and it is time that we as musicians realize how much we can benefit from this simple technique. Meditation optimizes practicing, adds a tangible dimension to performance, and helps us find our flow and

The 13 Top Ten reasons why musicians know the basics of meditation

We’ve had musical experiences of deep joy and expansiveness – the reason why we became musicians in the first place. Our first music lesson?  Stand or sit up straight, breathe correctly. We have opened ourselves to a teacher, something beyond

Does your life have resonance?

Resonance is amazing. It’s what I live for. As a cellist and singer I’m constantly working to create the greatest resonance with the least amount of effort. I am also vigilant not to introduce unnecessary tension which only gets in the