Book Recommendation: Light the Dark by Joe Fassler

Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process is a collection of super-short, inspiring essays from acclaimed authors that comes originally from Joe Fassler's online series "By Heart" featured in The Atlantic. In this series of interviews, he asked authors which pieces of writing changed their lives as well as how these …

The Sound of Rain: Chopin’s Raindrop Prelude for Listeners, Performers, and Composers

Frederic Chopin is one of the public’s favorite composers for many reasons. One big reason is that he leaves his listeners feeling things deeply, even if they can’t describe in words what they’re feeling. Pieces like the “Raindrop Prelude” (in D♭ Major, op. 28 no. 15) leave people inspired and on the verge of tears …