About Me

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Book nerd, PhD student of Music Theory and Cognition at Northwestern University, and lover of all things creative.

I enjoy pushing boundaries by mixing and matching literature and music (both within and between genres) to give a fresh and creative perspective.  I use books and music as diving boards to plunge into the cosmic pool that encompasses anything and everything that can be imagined.  You know, in a light-hearted, casual way.

One of my specific goals is to free classical music from seeming boring and confusing.  I’ve discovered that this music tells stories just like books do and I want to share that knowledge and excitement with others.

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” –Carl Sagan

83 thoughts on “About Me

  1. You are an inspiring young woman Aubrey. I think we have lots in common! I write fiction and poems inspired by my listenings to classical music (especially Beethoven..). How wonderful you are studying Piano- I’m a beginner on Piano. I look forward to more of your blog posts.

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    • Thank you so much! I just think that classical music has the potential to be so enjoyable to so many people. It has such a stuffy feeling for most people when it doesn’t have to be that way at all! Thank you again, and I look forward to reading your blog posts, as well!

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      • Oh it is far from stuffy Aubrey! It is exciting, spiritual, inspiring…I can’t imagine how anyone could find this genre of music boring, or old fashioned..yet I hear people say it a lot. I am having a Felix Mendelssohn night lol..listening to his Fingal’s Cave and just posted about his artworks- wow he was so talented!

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  3. Hi Aubrey:
    Thank you for visiting and following Bookshelf, written for people just like you — who love books and great literary works. So great that you are combining music and literature that serve to unify and inspire people. Look forward to reading about your discoveries. Cheers. Alex

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  4. Oh I am so glad I found another piano lover. Well, you have taken it one step further than I ever did. 🙂
    Also, what a coincidence that I am reading your bio while listening to Saint-Saens’ La muse et le poète.


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  8. Hi Aubrey,
    Thanks for visiting my site. I am glad you liked my guest author’s new post about how to get readers to stay on your blog.
    I play a little piano. I love it. I saw Jane Eyre in your sidebar. A favorite of mine.

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      • That’s excellent! I studied music business. And electric guitar shall be great fun. I’m trying to teach myself Celtic harp currently. It’s a few more strings to tune than I am used to. 🙂 Looking forward to following your blog!

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  11. After reading this “About” page, I feel that you’ll definitely enjoy Philip Glass’s memoir. He strived to create new music stemming from classical vein. I’m only 120 pages into the book (about a quarter) and I’ve collected so many quotes. One of them is this: “For me music has always been about lineage. The past is reinvented and becomes the future. But the lineage is everything.” I’m glad you landed on my Pond (Ripple Effects) so I get to know your blog. 🙂

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    • I’m really intrigued by minimalism so it does sound interesting! I love that quote. It reminds me of how “originality” isn’t really a thing because every “new” idea just takes preexisting ideas and combines them in new ways. I’m glad you like my blog and I hope you continue to enjoy it! 🙂


  12. I agree with you that classical music tells stories. I studied piano for years and I remember my teacher having my piano class listen to a piece and then tell the class the story we heard. I still think about that when I listen!

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  14. Hello, thank you for deciding to follow my blog. I love the way authors are combining good narratives with musical notes threaded through them, I have loved ones I have read recently, I hope you will too.

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  16. wow student of music? How awesome is that… Loved your blog and loved the tiny comic cards ideas the most! I am pretty new here but will come back for more. Keep it up. Wish you all the best with your PHd. 🙂 Take care & Have fun girl.

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  20. I love what you are doing! I play music of various kinds in my high school English classroom (seniors, all) and when I play classical, they begin to tell stories. Somehow, the music draws memories from them and I sit back and listen to the little moments of their childhoods when they are supposed to be working on the assignment of the day. I just smile and let them go – it is beautiful! 🙂

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