Everything I Know, I Learned Through Music

Essays, articles, and fiction by Andrew Ingkavet

The Paradox Of Plenty

What if we don’t need so many people working anymore? What shall we do with all our leisure time? Can we afford it?

In the US, just three out of 10 workers are needed to produce and deliver the goods we consume. Everything we extract, grow, design, build, make, engineer and transport – down to brewing a cup of coffee in a restaurant kitchen and carrying it to a customer’s table – is done by roughly 30 percent of the country’s workforce.

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Let It Go – Learning To Delegate

 Photo by Chris Kliefi @Flickr I’m a control freak.  It’s not something that I set out to be.  It’s just that when I start a project, I usually have a very clear vision for its outcome.  Taking the time to explain it sometimes is too much trouble or feels like time...

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What I Learned From My First NaNoWriMo

I participated in my first National Novel Writing Month  (also known as NaNoWriMo) this November.  And I won!  Well that's how they describe it if you meet the monthlong goal of writing 50,000 words. It was a very interesting experience.  No, it's not like I can crank...

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The Louder The Lower

"The louder the people, the lower the intelligence." Frank said it flatly. "If you look around the ghetto, what do you hear?" We stopped and took in the scene around us. Sirens howling in the distance, rap music blaring out of car windows, children screaming in the...

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Gabriel Garcia-Marquez

One of my all time favorite opening lines in literature. "Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. Part of my daily drawing therapy/practice....

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Sacred – a short story

by Andrew Ingkavet "But how do you know it's me?" I asked for the seventeenth time. "I mean there's plenty of other writers in this town alone that could spin out your yarn in far less time and in more elegant ways." I paused for dramatic effect. That usually works...

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Woman Parts and Composing a Fugue

The play that I wrote music for, actually variations on a theme in the public domain, opens this weekend.  It's part of a night of two one acts by women, Sex & God by Linda McClean and Lamentations of the Pelvis by Sibyl O'Malley.  The production is by the...

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Photos of Park Slope, Brooklyn

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR. In the last few years I've become more interested in photography but was always limited by the lack of decent camera.  So I finally got a Panasonic GX1 along with a few lenses, the 25mm f1.4 pancake as well as the 20mm F1.7 which...

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Giving Myself Permission…

Or Releasing The Fears And Rules Of Others To Get Back To Your True Self I've recently realized I need to draw/doodle  for my own sanity.  Back in high school, I was a pretty good visual artist and actually had to choose art or music as a career path. I chose music,...

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