Author Archives: Richard

The Guitar in the Brazilian Choro

I wrote my dissertation a while ago for my Ph. D. in theory from Catholic University. A German publishing company approached me to publish it, and here it is. Coming soon!

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Bug poems

Toothpaste A cockroach died on my toothbrush last night And the cock’s crow lied in the morning I woke up so early it was dark in the house And I stuck that damn cockroach right in my mouth Spider Cider … Continue reading

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Psoriasis

10 strategies I have learned to deal with Psoriasis 1. Don’t eat sugar. Sugar causes most of the itching. I used to wake up with my hands (I get psoriasis on my palms) feeling like they were on fire from … Continue reading

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Beijo de Guinga

My favorite living composer from Brazil is Guinga (www.guinga.com). The first time I saw him was in Rio de Janeiro at the music hall named after my uncle—Sala Sydney Miller. I was floored. Great musicians were in the audience, like … Continue reading

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Believe in yourself

The rocks by the sea are shaped by the water, the constant movement of the waves. The water is moved by the air, creating currents and swells. The air is moved by the sunlight, which heats up certain areas, causing … Continue reading

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Tinnitus

A cricket was making a racket one night He’d start up his love song as I’d close my eyes To fix it meant trying to track it by ear But as soon as I’d move, he’d shut up in fear … Continue reading

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Blue Shifted Light

Blue light has a higher frequency than red light. So when the sun is approaching us in the morning, it has a blue shift as described by the Doppler effect; when it is receding it has a red shift. This … Continue reading

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Treble is my middle name

So, there is something wrong with “Brazilian Guitarist Richard Miller.” What’s with the gringo name? My father is American, my mother is Brazilian. I was born in Rio de Janeiro and lived there (and São Paulo, Puerto Rico, and a … Continue reading

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