A breath mark

A breath mark or luftpause or, for bowed instruments, a bow lift (also retake), is a symbol used in musical notation. It directs the performer of the music passage to take a breath (for wind instruments and vocalists) or to make a slight pause (for non-wind instruments). For bowed instruments, it means to lift the bow. This pause is normally intended to affect the duration of the preceding note and not…… Continue reading A breath mark

Staycation Success

We did it! It feels good just to say it. “We had a successful vacation.” Last night, Kristen and I went for a walk in our neighborhood and this was really the summary statement of our week in Carlsbad. It was nice to get away while only traveling about 40 minutes from our house. I…… Continue reading Staycation Success

Vacation Reading

Yesterday officially kicked off my summer vacation. For the first time since I was 24 I’ll only have two weeks of vacation this year, one of which I’ll use for my July trip to Haiti, so I have to make the most of this one. My intention is to disconnect as much as possible. (More…… Continue reading Vacation Reading

In NJ/NYC

The McLane family is on vacation. We left on Thursday and flew from San Diego to Washington D.C. Over the weekend I worked at DCLA while Kristen and the kids explored the city. The went to some museums, saw some sites, toured some buildings, and basically just had a series of long days. If you’ve…… Continue reading In NJ/NYC