Orion Weiss
One speech is worth a thousand words
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I wrote and said a speech at CIM's Preparatory Commencement not long ago

Hello ladies and germs! Just kidding, that's not how it began. Here is the actual speech:

I'm so happy to be here, and so honored [2013 Distinguished Alumni Award] to be acknowledged in this way. Thank you, President Smirnoff and Dean Shapiro!

I can honestly say that if I had not…

The State of Classical Music Today
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A friend called me this morning asking me what I thought of the state of classical music in the world today. And do you know what I said? Nothing.
Buying TOYS as an adult: (not adult toys though).
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Buying TOYS as an adult: (not adult toys though). New speakers.
The New Neighborhood
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I live in a new neighborhood now. This major life shift happened almost without ceremony. The movers just did their job and I followed them.
New Jersey Wolf
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Had an incredible adventure today (a week ago actually, but I'm going for visceral immediacy here) and was nearly eaten by a wolf in New Jersey.
Reno
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I have just arrived, loyal reader, in Reno, Nevada, a city not too far from Lake Tahoe, fairly far from New York, high up in the desert mountains, where one can gamble if one likes or play in a chamber music festival if one is invited to do so.
Unstoppable!
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My new running technique is unstoppable! It's also killing me, but I plan to stick with it, until I'm either 100 percent crippled, or fully metamorphosed into a super hero.
That Floating Feeling
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I'm staying in a casino. There's a strangeness to life in a casino. You sort of cease to exist inside a casino, you float.
A Soda Can of Axle Grease
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Just a quick note on how bad the new and only Thai restaurant in our neighborhood is.
Reviews, Reviews, Reviews.
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And this brings us to an interesting problem in the world of performers: Reviews. Reviews, reviewers, reviews, reviews. That's about as succinct as I can be. Let's see if I can expound a little.