Punched in the gut by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, pictured above with Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (and shamelessly borrowed from the From the Top facebook page). *** “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”  – Maya Angelou. Seriously, y’all. Is that not the most incredible quote about music you’veContinue reading “Punched in the gut by Maya Angelou”

It’s all relative

Many of you have read my laments about my lack of culinary skills on this blog…I have proudly proclaimed on more than one occasion that I’m not a foodie. However, last week, while visiting family, in idle conversation, they told me I was “getting foodie-ish.” I made that term up, because they said something else that IContinue reading “It’s all relative”

Do you have the guts to do something like this?

Yuki Beppu is part of the reason I came to work at From the Top. When I saw her perform at a live recording back in October, I remember being slack-jawed at her classical playing. Next, she came to the mic and charmed us all with her tales of wanting to get more classical musicContinue reading “Do you have the guts to do something like this?”

Things non-profit marketers must know

A word to anyone out there considering a job in arts marketing for a small or medium-sized arts organization. There will be days when your job is so far from “marketing” that you will shake your head and wonder what happened. Days, for example, when you get an email like the one below, and nodContinue reading “Things non-profit marketers must know”

Retracing steps

You know those management personality quizzes? Every time I take one, it tells me that I’m the kind of person who likes to “get things done”. It also tells me that this trait, while valuable in a manager/leader, may also backfire. And I can tell you from experience, it does. I have gotten into trouble, onContinue reading “Retracing steps”