Category Archives: Alan W. Smith (Roger W. Smith’s father)

left vs. right brainedness; and, CREATIVITY

    An animated discussion with an acquaintance the other day got me to thinking about the concept of left vs. right brainedness (known by scientists as lateralization of brain function) and how it affects people. Clearly, it is a … Continue reading

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Sunday morning; “The Red Pony”

    Good morning, Scott. It’s 7:22 a.m. I’m following the foot philosophy and am going to Manhattan to take the ferry again. I’m not sure why. I saw “Ex Libris,” the Frederick Wiseman film about the New York Public … Continue reading

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two letters of condolence; and how (in my opinion) to write one

      Two letters of condolence are posted here: from my father to the wife of a deceased relative from me to the wife of high school classmate of mine     *****************************************************             … Continue reading

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“Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”

          *****************************************************     “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today.” Like other great hymns, it sure has staying power. One never tires of it. The key must be simplicity, straightforwardness. A clean vocal line and progression. … Continue reading

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“Sorokin”(«Сорокин»)

  русский перевод см ниже Для загружаемого документа Word, содержащего текст этого сообщения, см. Ниже.         My essay about the Russian-American sociologist Pitirim A. Sorokin which follows is approximately 4,000 words long. A downloadable Word document, which … Continue reading

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reflections about my Dad as a pianist

          The following is the text of an email of mine to family members (plus, note downloadable audio file above):     I have been sort of in the dumps today. Wanted to listen to some … Continue reading

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My Father’s Career as a Musician

  A message from someone who read a post on this blog, asking about my father’s career as a musician, prompted me to respond as follows:   — Roger W. Smith       September 2016       ****************************************************************   re … Continue reading

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