Is it Recess Yet? Confessions of a Former Child Prodigy is about concert violinist Tricia Park's years as a child prodigy and her quest to evolve beyond that identity. Get an insider’s look into the classical music world and listen to conversations with innovative artists who are forging new - and playful - paths into creativity.
I won a Fulbright Award! On creative writing and how it could make you a happier musician.
I hope you are staying warm and safe out there...So, I have some pretty big news to share:
I won a Fulbright Award!
This has been a long time coming -- what with Covid wreaking havoc everywhere it was really uncertain whether the Fulbright program would be able to go forward this year. But happily, it worked out for me, so pretty soon I'll be in Korea, working on various projects and I plan to share my adventures here with you! I'm excited and grateful, of course, but also nervous to be embarking on this new chapter of my life, especially during these strange times. At the same time, I feel honored to have this chance to flex my creative courage and share my experiences with you.
Jennifer Fawcett. "Perfect isn't interesting." On Imposter Syndrome and why we should "keep going and do it anyway."
Do you struggle with Imposter Syndrome?
Today, we revisit a chat from 2019 with my friend, playwright and fiction writer, Jennifer Fawcett, where we talk about: how do we give ourselves "permission"?; the importance of making your own "stuff"; struggling with "who cares" and Imposter Syndrome; how powerful and necessary it is to tell our own stories; if girls face more challenges towards self-actualization; how to keep making things even if we feel inadequate; how writing her own material helped her overcome messages that she wasn't good enough; bullying as a "magnet" topic; depression and and the perspective making power of storytelling; narcissism and social media; teaching writing workshops in Tanzania and Rwanda; motherhood and its impact on creative work and process; how storytelling creates awareness of interconnection across cultures, languages, and experiences; why perfect isn't interesting; why we should "keep going and do it anyway."
2020: "What would you tell your younger self?" An end of year review, with advice to help you on your creative journey in 2021.
Saying “2020 has been a weird year” is an understatement. Nevertheless, I’m really grateful when I look back at the inspiring guests who were generous enough to sit down and chat with me this year. So, I thought, wouldn’t it be great to revisit some of the most popular "Is it Recess Yet?" episodes of 2020?
You know how people say that "you should make the thing that you need"? Well, in a lot of ways, I started this podcast thinking about what little Tricia, specifically teenaged Tricia, might've needed way back when, when she was starting out on her creative path. So, the one question I ask all of my guests is “what would you say to your younger self to help them on their journey?” These are some of their answers:
Miki-Sophia Cloud. "Why am I doing this?" On the importance of great mentors and choosing to find joy and purpose in music.
I'm excited to revisit the very first episode of the "Is it Recess Yet?" podcast, from 2018. My dear friend and colleague, the wonderful violinist and human, Miki-Sophia Cloud, graciously agreed to be my first interviewee. In our chat, we talk about her former life as a strolling ‘gypsy violinist’; playing by ear versus playing from sheet music; her musical studies and mentors at Harvard, Yale, and the New England Conservatory of Music; the importance of finding one's purpose as a musician, beyond the intense competitiveness of classical music and the need for approval or being "special"; and how she answers the question: “why am I doing this?” and what motivates her to make music.
Dr. Noa Kageyama. "Focus on growth." On growth mindset versus fixed mindset and what we can learn from making music.
Check out my 2018 podcast interview with performance psychologist, Noa Kageyama, where we learn what he meant at age 2 when he said "oa wike mugas"; what it was like to studying with Mr. Suzuki himself in Japan as a little kid, how inconsistency in his performances lead to his study of performance psychology at Juilliard; how performers can believe that performing poorly means we ‘suck’ as people; what he learned from daydreaming about winning the Lotto; the difference between the ‘critic’ versus the ‘coach’; his surprising reasons for starting his blog; why he’d tell his younger self to play more soccer; and how he answers the question “is it too late?”
Rev. D. Maurice Charles. "To resist absurdity is to live." On why "you don't have to feel what someone else feels to do the right thing" and creating a society that makes space for all of us.
In my conversation with the Rev. D. Maurice Charles, the first African American chaplain at the University of Chicago, he shares how he was called to the ministry; his family heritage of slavery and survival; his scholarly work in religion and violence; why denying the existence of systematic bias is damaging to BIPOC and oppressed groups; how music and the arts help us process trauma; and why we should "treat others not only how we want to be treated, but how they want to be treated."
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Great content and guests! Out of all the many classical music podcasts this has definitely been one of my favorites. Is it great to hear from musicians who have had a somewhat unusual career path, and each episode I’ve listened so far has been eye opening. Thanks for creating this!
As someone who is in the classical music world and also work with prodigies, this podcast gives me a great way to step back and examine what really goes/went on. In the world that showing weakness or having questions to this “chosen path” do not feel so welcome, this podcast gently but surely gives you the way into discussing the subjects - I highly recommend it!