The Challenge of Fostering Creativity

About a week ago I read a blog entry entitled “Are Schools Inspiring Creativity?” by Dr. Michael D. Tebbano, one of my high school music teachers who later went on to become an educational administrator. The blog advocated placing more focus on fostering creativity in public schools, which are largely relegated to following “19th Century, … Read more

Crossroads

It’s been a very long time since I’ve written a real blog entry. Sure, it’s technically only been a little over a month since I wrote my “This Blog Has Moved to Blogspot” entry, but that was only a housekeeping blog. I wrote it mainly so anyone who’d been reading my blogs on MySpace would … Read more

Virartech Interview Now in English

In early March 2010, Vadim Efanov of the Russian music and techology company Virartech conducted an e-mail interview with songwriter Rick Paul for the "Advice for Musicians" section of Virartech’s web site. While the interview was conducted in English, it was translated into Russian for Virartech’s readers. Here is the original English language interview. VE: … Read more

From Russia (and California) With Love

Back on August 4, 2007, in my “Summer Happenings” blog, I wrote: Speaking of the other side of the world, I’ve been collaborating with a Russian songwriter and producer, whose name is Alexei Ustinov, on a new song and recording to be released sometime later this year. Alexei is producing the instrumental tracks over in … Read more

A Blog About Nothing

No, there is no connection to Seinfeld and the notion of “a show about nothing” implied by my blog title. It’s just that I’m starting out writing not having the slightest clue what I’m going to write, or even what topics I might address. I just feel a bit guilty for not having written a … Read more

That Time of Year

Oh, yes, it’s here, that time of year, The whole world’s filled with Christmas cheer. – from “Santa’s Best” by Rick Paul Whatever your personal feelings toward the holiday season, from eager anticipation of family celebrations to dread of crowded malls and the seeming hopelessness of trying to choose just the right gift for a … Read more