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The Gift of Reinvention

To know the gift of reinvention is to know the pain of loss. For me, reinvention hasn’t always been a pleasant experience. It meant something in my life that I depended on was no longer working and I needed to find a way to fill the emptiness that it left behind. My experience with reinvention was born out of necessity and not desire. Over the course of a few years, I’ve had to reinvent the personal, professional, financial and even physical aspects of my life. A little-known neurological condition called focal dystonia took away everything that I thought defined my life when it impaired the use of the fingers on my fret-playing hand to the point where I could no longer play even the simplest melody. Read More...

Moving Hearts and Minds through Music

My relationship with music is an ever-changing adventure. There are times when I am so connected to what I am playing that the music simply flows through me—as if the music and I are one. There are other times when I can’t even bring myself to pick up my guitar. If my experiences with music have taught me anything, it is that my performance depends substantially if not entirely on my state of mind. Read More...

Billy McLaughlin: Starry Night With Orchestra Nova

Billy McLaughlin and Orchestra Nova conducted by Jung-Ho Pak filmed a new program called Starry Night for KPBS Public Television San Diego in early January. The program will debut on KPBS in San Diego on March 18th with live appearances by Billy and Jung-Ho. The music and the story behind it will inspire you to never give up on your dreams and to keep reaching for the stars. Starry Night will be made available to PBS stations across the nation in June and Billy anticipates visiting as many stations as possible with a fall concert schedule that would include cities that broadcast the show. Read More...