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Thursday, October 30, 2008

In Memoriam, October 2008

October 2008 will go down in my memory as one of the worst months of personal loss I can remember. (The only one that compares is when I lost my Dad in September 1984.) I had hardly begun to process the loss of my beloved trombone teacher, colleague, and friend, Rex Peer, when I found that my dear friend and ex-father-in-law, Danny Dill, was near death. Several days ago, in the Biography sub-section of Histories & Mysteries, I compiled obituaries and other material celebrating both of them. I have now moved that material to separate files which are linked from the Biography page.

On the positive side: two weeks ago, I had a very successful and enjoyable time in Sun Valley, Idaho, where I played with the Side Street Strutters Jazz Band and sang with the All-Star Big Band for the radio broadcast. More recently, I finished the second review draft of a long essay on the mind-body problem, which is tentatively slated for publication in the Fall 2008 issue of Journal of Ayn Rand Studies.

Also, just this past Tuesday, I composed a tune to go with the poem written in 1998 by Danny Dill, and I will be recording it in two weeks in my son Andrew's recording studio at his home in Nashville. If time remains between now and when I leave for the Southeast on November 4 (yes, I voted absentee!), I will also finish my orchestration of Rex Peer's "Blue Trombone," a solo for trombone and piano which he wrote back in 1966, and I will enlist Andrew's aid in getting it recorded, too. During that trip, I will also be playing with the Strutters in a pops concert with the Charlotteville, North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. I'll report on all this in a month or so.


7:13 pm pdt 

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Roger Bissell, a Muse-Seeker

Dear Cyber-brothers and Sisters: Welcome to the Internet home of the Muse-Seeker, which is dedicated to the pursuit of inspirations! 

In the leading years of my seventh decade here on Mother Earth, I find that Father Time has blessed me with more hobbies and interests than I know what to do with! Neither a polymath, nor a true Renaissance Man, I am probably better described as a Muse-Seeker -- hence the title of my home page. 

A Muse-Seeker is a person who follows his or her inspiration, wherever it may lead, in search of discovery and enlightenment. Muse-Seeking is neither dedicated single-mindedness, nor crass whim-worship. The Muse-Seeker is the spiritual equivalent of the Hunter-Gatherer. I track and pursue the hidden truth, the elusive data, the unexpected pattern.

Among the sources of my inspiration, as you will see by clicking on the two major links on the left, are philosophy, music, psychology, and genealogy. And although I'm a full-time working musician, happily married, and the father of five children (and four grandchildren, at last count!), I have still managed to publish essays in each of these areas in journals, magazines, and books, and I am busily working on more!


But I have not been just a wordsmith. I have also written numerous musical arrangements and songs and taken part in numerous live and recorded performances of commercial and jazz music. I share here some of my favorite song lyrics and poems, as well as a list of the record albums (some available at amazon.com), on which I have played or had compositions recorded.

Finally, you may be interested in reading my essay that explains Muse-Seeking in the context of technical issues regarding personality and temperament and their relation to ancient Greek mythology. If so, please click on this link:

A New Look at Keirsey's Temperaments

And if you find this essay interesting, you will find a number of related essays linked from the Essays sub-page of the Words & Music section, as well as on a companion web site:
Achilles Tendencies

Happy reading and listening! And feel free to contact me at rebissell (at) aol (dot) com.

Roger Bissell, musician-writer
7:22 pm pdt 


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