To My Readers on this Thanksgiving Weekend:
I could not be more grateful for each of you! And for all of the good, all of the music, all of the shared thoughts and communication — and all of the inspiration! Thank you for sharing in this universal language of music and ideas! If you did not see it before, here’s my Fall Update newsletter:
As we approach this season of thanks, I am reminded that “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”(Melody Beattie) With this in mind, I send you news of what I’ve been doing, the joy and fulfullment it has brought, and the excitement of seeing many of you in my concert tour around the country and beyond in the coming weeks and months!
This past summer flew by at the speed of light, and I can sum it up in 2 words: Deep Waters – my new CD.
A suite for orchestra and voice, composed by Peter Link, it contains 3 songs and 4 instrumentals — and it’s a gapless (continuous play) CD. Click HERE to listen, download, and get the free digibook (digital liner notes).
November 29, 2013 at 12:55 pm
I received a Facebook message recently from a friend asking me about my thoughts on applauding musicians after performing during a church service. As the Soloist for seven years at The Mother Church, (the international headquarters of the Christian Science church in Boston), I had many experiences that involved applause… and many that did not.
I messaged my FB friend back with my thoughts. She then asked me to share my answer to a broader audience. This issue has come up often, so it seemed like a good thing to do. Here goes!
“My question is related to the presentation and thanking of musicians during the services: Many branch churches are considering being more socially warm toward our musicians. (organist and soloist). Since the Church Alive Summit in Northern California*, many people are questioning whether applause is acceptable.
I understand that The Mother Church (TMC) does not want to influence branch churches in their decisions, but I’m wondering why at times I have heard applause in the TMC service broadcast, and not at other times.”
* Regional gatherings of Christian Scientists and friends that are held around the world
Well, put on your seatbelt… Here are a lot of thoughts comin’ atcha!
I’m going to begin with the idea of applause in church.
First, it has been my experience that each branch church is working out applause and how to be more inclusive in their services on an individual basis. I think it comes down to how the members of a particular church feel as a group.
July 20, 2013 at 9:05 pm
“Sometimes we are lucky enough to know our lives have been changed, to discard the old and embrace the new and run headlong down an immutable course. It happened to me… on that summer’s day when my eyes were opened to the sea.”
DEEP WATERS, my latest project, is a gorgeous new CD composed and conceived by Peter Link. It is a suite of 3 songs surrounded by hauntingly beautiful orchestral interludes.
From the very beginning of this project, I found myself submersed in the watery metaphor of the mariner’s tale that pervades this piece. I realized through the course of this work that in my own life I have observed the metaphor, lived it, and come out the other side. I believe most of us have when we think about the individual stories of our lives. (more…)
June 2, 2013 at 5:49 pm
To My Readers:
Just as we head into summer, I give you my Spring 2013 Newsletter. It’s a snapshot update from January to April. This was delivered as a newsletter to my email list and never made it on to my blog. Please forgive this apparent neglect. Life got going fast with touring, recording and major shifts at my parent company, Watchfire Music. I found myself in deep with it all! So here’s a catch up of what’s been going on.
Coming up next: New CD, DEEP WATERS, to be released June 11th
and a blog article on … applause!
Dear Friends! With the events of Boston so fully on our minds, and of Waco, Texas,too, I begin this newsletter with a song for you. Here’s an anthem of profound peace and unconditional love, When He Walks With Me by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Julie Gold. Just click here to listen and share with others. I hope it brings new inspiration to your day!
Has spring swept you off of your feet yet with warm breezes? Here in NYC, in between 40-degree days, Mother Nature keeps throwing us little bursts of the warm weather to come. I can’t wait for it to officially arrive! But I can’t complain, either …
… I’ve recently been on the road a lot, concertizing in some beautiful tropical places in between all the cold and storm. The first quarter of 2013 was filled with great music and diverse, wonderful audiences in diverse, wonderful places. Click here to check out where I’ve been: Notes from the Road: First Quarter 2013.
May 20, 2013 at 2:25 pm
Happy New Year, Everyone!
My immediate family lives a big city block away from Times Square. We live in apartments nearby with the ability to see little slivers of Times Square from our windows or balconies. But, it’s not what we can see. Rather, it’s what we can hear: the roar of the crowd. Because we can hear it, I can attest to the fact that the ball DID drop, and here we are in 2013!
As we move out into this beautiful New Year, I offer you a gift from LAST year. And it really is fitting for THIS year:
It’s the gift of music. I understand music to be immortal, transcendent, healing, ageless and timeless. It’s power, though felt in the moment, carries on way past the actual performance, especially when captured, as it was on Christmas Eve, in a podcast.
January 4, 2013 at 3:19 pm
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful …” Isaiah 9:6
For The Children and Staff of Sandy Hook:
“Mother’s Evening Prayer” Music by Peter Link, Poem by Mary Baker Eddy
December 22, 2012 at 10:32 pm
Yes, it’s here! I’m excited! Today marks the first full day out in the world for
SILK ROAD – Inspirational Journeys Across Planet Earth.
Having officially released this new CD just last night, I’m feeling grateful and, I admit, anxious over my newborn. I’m celebrating, and fluttering nervously over my babe! It’s been quite a journey getting this child out into broad daylight. I want her to feel GOOD in the sun!
Well, like any parent, made new again by this new arrival, the new adventure begins! This new CD gets to live and breathe in the world. My hope and intention is that it will open some hearts and provoke some thoughtful responses at the very least. (To read the first 6 parts of this blog series, click here.)
The creation process of this CD has certainly changed me. It brought me further along in my own personal and artistic evolution. I think that’s the most important part for me: Evolution. I don’t EVER want to stop learning, exploring and discovering …
This project, SILK ROAD, symbolizes my quest to keep doing just those things.
Before I go any further, though, it seems like I ought to talk a little about the title song, Silk Road. It’s the third track on the CD. That’s an important spot on any album.
December 6, 2012 at 1:32 am