Music = Life

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


I was putting away my sax the other day and was struck, once again, with the amazing realization of how a 2 hour practice with a good ensemble can seem like five minutes. Why does it seem that time spent with those you love, making wonderful, sometimes sensual music, speeds by so fast? I don’t have the answer, but I’m sure part of it deals with the dopamines flowing free and easy during the exercise. 

About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Seattle Solid GOLD Big Band (formerly the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra) a GOLD sax quartet, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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2 Responses to Music = Life

  1. Rick Wallace says:

    Thanks for your continued writing! I’ve been enjoying your blog for some time (emphasis on ‘enjoying’!) As a recently returning amateur musician, I’ve really appreciated your perspective, observations, and all the rest!

  2. Gandalfe says:

    Thank you Rick. One of the resources I used when I returned to performance music in 2000 (from a ~30 year hiatus from music) was the Sax and the Web forum. So many great answers. Now I am helping run the Woodwind Forum ( where there is a more mature crowd, lots of teachers and professional players. There are much fewer questions like, “What sax should I buy to sound like Kenny G.” 🙂

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