Category: Birthdays

November 7 Birthdays – A Day for Innovation

Today is Joni Mitchell’s birthday. This iconic painter-singer-songwriter-producer has been creating art in various media for decades, continually reinventing her music and influencing other songwriters. Others born on November 7 include: Marie Curie, 2-time Nobel prize-winning scientist Richard G. Scott,…

March 7 Birthdays

Maurice Ravel is generally known as the composer of Bolero, which he wrote as a kind of experiment in orchestration, but he started out as a first-prize-winning pianist.  He was expelled from the Conservatoire de Paris after not winning any…

February 29 Birthdays

Tony Robbins, born February 29, is one of the world’s leading motivational speakers and leaders, and he credits his work with Jim Rohn as helping him move past his dysfunctional childhood.  Since his mother was an alcoholic and drug using…

February 28 Birthdays

Guiomar Novaes, the Brazilian pianist born on February 28, was 14 when she auditioned with 386 other applicants for two spots in the Conservatoire de Paris that were allocated to international students.  Imagine having to perform in front of a…

February 27 Birthdays

It was stupid, of course, but I actually took an audition the day before my wedding in 1997.  Upon making the cut and entering the performance group, I was immediately immersed in Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium and smitten forever. …