My name is Frank Peter, a uniquely burdened and blessed male homo sapien who otherwise refuses to be labelled.

Frank PeterI jumped off the treadmill of “success” years ago. I belong to no clubs. I have no religious or political affiliations. I hold no positions of coercive authority.

I was born in and still live mostly in the United States of America… a pretty good place to live… but consider myself, first and foremost, to be a citizen of the world.

My status as a freelance human being was partly earned (a source of deep satisfaction), but was enabled mostly by opportunity (a source of humility and gratitude). I do my best to honor this privilege by embracing life with curiosity, honesty, courage, compassion, generosity, and gusto.

I have more questions than answers. And I struggle daily to align my behavior with my core values and to transform my rants into meaningful action.

I relish this fleeting opportunity called life… in a way that transcends my age, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and species. I do my level best to extend this same respect to others.

This website (and its companion sites) are a sharing of life lessons learned, an expression of gratitude, an aspiration to become a better person, a commitment to honesty and integrity, a rebellion against ignorance, obedience, and conformity, a celebration of human dignity and potential, an embrace of the joys and perils of freedom and responsibility, and an appeal for mutual understanding and global solidarity.

I want this to be more than a self-indulgent collection of empty words and images. It is a message in bottle sent with the sincere hope of connecting with, and collaborating with, others of like heart and mind.

Thanks a bunch for visiting.


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    • Thanks for checking in, TSG, and for resonating with my worldview. Don’t worry too much about being stuck… for now. It is all just part of the process. Based on the energy and attitude that you exude on your website, you WILL find a way to get off the treadmill when the time is right. Peace!

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  1. The last person I found inspirational was Slomo, the skater on the San Diego boardwalk. I’m happy to find the same spirit in you, ranging broader afield, melded with a Rick Steves approach to getting out there in the world because it’s the best way to be. Thanks.

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  2. I just discovered your lectures on learning piano and was so surprised by the almost complete agreement of ideas in my book with your teachings, see my web site below. I plan to add a link to your piano lessons, as the one thing lacking in my book is videos, unless you have objections. My objective and life philosophy seem to parallel yours also; see my other web page at http://www.pianopractice.org/

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      • Frank

        I have been reading your frank 😉 musings, and been awed by the depth and scope of both you and the places you’ve been to.

        I have to say tho’, that my jaw dropped when I realised who the gent was above – Mr Chang wrote his online book “Fundamentals of Piano Practice” some years ago, and I was lucky enough to have read it. It dramatically changed the way I practiced – it became efficient and effective. You will find it a great resource – I highly recommend it. Truly revolutionary. As I’m sure yours will be, it’s fantastic to have a visual display, in lieu of a “live” teacher.


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        • Thanks so much for sharing Mister Chang’s book. Yes, indeed I have read it and applaud him for so generously sharing his first-hand experiences. It is so heartwarming to see how authenticity tends to attract other authenticity… I am speaking of you and Mister Chang and your presence here, of course. All the best to you in music and life, Deb!


          • Aw.. go on! 😉

            Thank you for sharing – I’m not so gifted with words, so I won’t be doing the same type of blog. Not that I have any plans for doing one at all. In any case, I’m glad I found yours – heart-warming to know that there are people who share openly, and honestly. You are the authentic one, so stay true. Not always easy, I know, but as long as you’re not compromising too greatly, I don’t think it will cause you much grief. In fact, sometimes it’s a necessity!

            I read a fantastic quote once: “Go where you’re celebrated, not tolerated.” How’s that for an authentic start?

            On the practicing of piano, around the time I found Mr Chang’s above-mentioned book, I was on a piano practice forum, pianostreet.com – there were several contributor’s of note, incl. Mr Chang, but one stood out – his handle was Bernhard. If you have a chance, check it out – you won’t be sorry. He made over 5000 posts, but truly worthwhile – amazing insight, and gifted communicator.

            Peace 🙂 x


  3. Hi Frank,

    I only recently stumbled across your blog in the last few days. In reading more of your meditations on life I am very appreciative of the calm, direct, and authentic voice you use to communicate. Thanks for sharing your wisdom. I look forward to reading more.

    May all your favorite bands stay together 🙂

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    • Hey Jeff… Thanks for taking the time and energy to check in and for the most kind words. It gives me a deep satisfaction when people like you discover my writing and resonate with the message I am trying to share. Peace…. And may all your favorite bands stay together, too!

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