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September 2013

“You Do It!”

beethoven3

Years ago I got stuck when writing my wind ensemble work Winds of Nagual. I hammered at it for three days and finally jumped up from the drawing board, threw down my pencil and growled, “You do it!” and I stormed out of my studio.… Read the rest

Letters From Children

Colgrass Student

Over the years I have received many letters from children and I find their directness very stimulating. Their letters are on my website (www.michaelcolgrass.com) along with my answers. A while back I got a particularly interesting letter from a 14-year-old girl that ties in with my last blog about music education in our schools.… Read the rest

Creative Deficiency Disorder

Colgrass Drums Sepia

My first drum set, in 7th grade.

Hyperactive kids are often diagnosed with ADHD, but I have my own diagnosis for the parents and school officials who allow disruptive children to be medicated: CDD, or Creative Deficiency Disorder.

As a child, I was constantly distracted and disruptive in elementary school, dying to create something without realizing it (see more in my autobiography).… Read the rest