CREATIVITY
On being in-between.

I recently met a new friend who was having a difficult break in her professional life. She was brave and strong, but also struggling. She was highly-educated and professionally accomplished, yet didn't know who she was anymore, and unsure of where she was heading. She...

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On making art and personal truth.

This past weekend I made a pilgrimage to New York City to catch the closing exhibition "Herstory," featuring American artist Judy Chicago at The New Museum. The show was a retrospective of Judy's uncompromising feminist art, as well as a special kind of...

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Welcome to The Traveler

I want to introduce to The Traveler, a re-invigorated version of my email newsletter. I've come to realize that over the past several years, I have been inadvertently experimenting with ideas, and subsequently philosophies, which encompass the nature of music and the...

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The Hardest Thing.

It may not always seem that way, but you are on a Hero's Quest. We all are. Today is my birthday (46!!), and I am committing today to romance my life like a hero. A creative hero. (Even if I don't always feel like one.) It's part of the human story, our archetypal...

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What is the outlet for your creativity?

When I was working as a voice coach and mentor, I observed something that almost every single student of mine was struggling with. It had nothing to do with their singing voice. But it troubled me. To distraction.  (Because I had the same bloody problem. 😩 )Despite...

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On making meaningful changes.

Habits have been my nemesis since forever. (Building the good ones, that is.) We are inundated with ways in which to self-improve our lives, our health, our diet, our mind, our productivity, our practice, our relationships, our accounting, our time, etc. Just about...

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The theft of wildness.

Last summer while visiting my family's favorite spot in Maine, my little one Adrian and I were joyfully clambering over some of those ancient glacier-scraped rocks on the shoreline by our cottage. Alas, we were quite shocked when came upon a dead harbor seal pup who...

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A revolutionary creative process.

Imagine my delight when I opened the latest issue of The New Yorker to discover a full-length feature article devoted to my muse, Saint Hildegard von Bingen. Alex Ross wrote a comprehensive piece, and it was wonderful to witness the legacy of the great creatrix seen...

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The process of Wintering.

I've been taking some time over the past few weeks and months for some deep internal processing, allowing a great deal of space for a process of "wintering.” Although I would not have called it that, had it not been for Katherine May’s beautiful book, Wintering: The...

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The music chooses you.

I want to share one of the most defining moments of my life. A sophomore, I was in my college dorm room and had just cued up a new CD that just arrived in the mail. (Remember that?)I heard the first strains of the first track, and immediately felt my whole body and...

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Thoreau, Hildegard, and green wisdom.

The other day I visited Walden Pond with my family.  My little one, Adrian, ran right onto the beach and set to the important kid-business of making something up.We recently moved back to the very wonderful state of Massachusetts, close to the very wonderful town of...

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How to believe in your ideas

I know you may not talk about it, but I know you have A Thing that's been on your mind for a while. That quiet vision, that unspoken desire, that shimmering dream, that kernel of an idea, that sticky feeling that you really, truly, wholly want something. Maybe it's a...

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Are you a Sacred Rebel?

As a young girl, then a teenager (oy), then a young adult, I would never in one million years have considered myself a "rebel." I have excellent manners, listen to instructions, pay my bills on time, do my chores, and do all the Right Things you are meant to do as a...

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Personal genius

One time recently I was watching the Beatles documentary, Get Back. It's a long, arduous haul through a rocky period for the band. But there was one moment caught on camera that created a new awakening for me about the creative process. It's a scene featuring a mumbly...

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The outlet for your voice.

Have you ever thought... If only I knew exactly how I am supposed to use my voice! This is one of the most common questions I hear, borne from a deep, soulful longing mixed with some heady, existential frustration. Let's reframe the question so it seems less fretful:...

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What song should I sing?

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Allison Mondel
Allison Mondel is a musician, philosopher, advocate, and mentor. Her greatest delight is to understand how things work, and share her hard-won wisdom with others. She writes about the higher nature of music and the voice, alchemizing personal roadblocks, and the pursuit of one's creative vocation.

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