An artist of music and words encounters the world

Hi, I’m Krystal. Sometimes what moves me leads to composing music, poetry, or prose. Welcome to the gallery of my prose.

Saved from Quitting Music

I did not know if or when I would return to making music. I might have stopped entirely if something hadn’t happened in February 2011.

Becoming an Improviser in 36 Measures

I spent an hour with 36 measures of music…. I was not practicing, not repeating a measure or a phrase for perfection, not playing through the whole piece for memorization…

Who’s in a Portrait Gallery?

…I didn’t read about it before visiting with my husband and toddler. I felt slightly nervous, however, about whether the region where I was born and spent my childhood and adolescence would be represented honestly. Would the exhibit do more than celebrate notable art by and about black people?

When a Bow Was a Blade

…The harpsichord part involved standard classical techniques that any fellow student could play on the piano, but the performance required more than typical practice and rehearsal. The accompanist would need to follow unexpected variances in rhythm created by the non-traditional uses of the viola. Improvisation would accompany the sword fight…


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