About writer Rosemary Phillips, and the articles posted on this site
A short biography
A SHORT BIOGRAPHY
Since my first interview article with a band at a high school dance
in 1966, and since I was told by a tea-leaf reader in the Daffodil Tea Room on Yonge Street in Toronto, "I see you with a typewriter - you will be finding your career involves much work with a typewriter," I have written for newspapers, organizations, performing artists, promoters and presenters, television, and a couple of Canadian national magazines. I am now retired from writing such articles to focus on my own writing and music projects.
Here you will find human interest stories, inspiring stories of success, passion, discipline, humour, love, and hope. There are biographies and interviews with world class performers like bassist Gary Karr, the late tenor and actor Michael Burgess, pianist Ian Parker, diva and opera comedienne Natalie Choquette, violinist Calvin Dyck, tenor Ken Lavigne, and brilliant young artists like Tina Guo and guitarist Daniel Bolshoy.
These stories are like meeting the human behind the artist and performer. Many of these articles have appeared in magazines and newspapers as promotion for musicians, concerts and orchestras, particularly for the Vancouver Island Symphony. In fact, I owe my gratitude to Margot Holmes and the Vancouver Island Symphony for the opportunity to interview such incredible artists and write about them.
These articles include new ideas, old ideas, and questions about life and life after life, like the late Ray Staples' near death experience (NDE).
When the first interview articles were posted on this site in 2002, they were a rarity and writers actually approached me for information on technique. The intent in all the articles was to be sure the interviewee was happy with the end product. It was learned that we don't always say what we mean, or mean what we say, so for each there was discernment which included interviewee approvals.
Years later, the web has expanded in use and there are many such feature articles and reviews about those artists featured here on Quills Quotes and Notes. What has been my pleasure is knowing these articles have been of benefit to the artists, and in some cases, have provided their concert producers with added information for promotion. While now these items are more historical, I am keeping them posted because of their content, interest, and glimpse at the human behind the performer-artist.
There are reviews of concerts and performances done 'Rosemary Style.' Meaning, I didn't take notes, just enjoyed the events and wrote casually about them afterwards. Some of these reviews were published in newspapers, and are still visited by browsers. For example, in 1999 I went to see 'Dracula' featuring the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and was so impressed I just had to write about it. Then a few years ago, I saw the play 'Deck' by Lucas Myers. That one just blew me away. And there are more...
Some articles raise questions. “The Cost of Cheating Death” raises questions about our health care, our approach to death and dying, our fear of death. This article is now rewritten and re-published and given its own page where you can read the whole story or download a PDF. There is also the beginning of a new series called Higher Common Sense; the first article It's Not Alzheimer's - Memory Loss and New Technology, is a look at how electromagnetic frequencies can be interrupting our thoughts and little gray cell funtions.
See the Index of Articles for the full listing of all articles.