A return to a spiritual/musical home in my life!
Recently, I had the great privilege of attending the morning service on Sunday at The First Church of Christ, Scientist – also known as The Mother Church (TMC). It’s the worldwide headquarters of the Christian Science church where I served as the Soloist for 7 years.
It’s been 4 years since I took my last turn as Soloist at TMC, and it was a joy to return and be a part of the congregation.
While there, I felt the past, present and future all combined in one. The past: feeling the foundation of this church!, wonderful memories, being back in this grand place, and seeing friends and colleagues. The present: experiencing the perpetually holy and healing service in full bloom as a congregation member. The future: Sitting with a congregation of new faces which included new Readers about to begin their tenure! (more…)
Princess For A Day! (Well, actually for a week…)
I had the great pleasure to work with the wonderful musician/guitarist Chieli Minucci (best known for his band, Chieli Minucci & Special EFX) this past week. Chieli composed the theme song for a Princess World Expo in Shanghai, China — and I recorded it for him on Saturday at his studio. (more…)
In pondering David Bowie’s passing this week and celebrating his life and work with the rest of the world, I’ve been reminded of my own David Bowie story — my David and Iman story – with its six degrees of separation.
Do you know the theory of “Six Degrees of Separation”? Wikipedia defines it this way: “Everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.”
My David and Iman story definitely proved this theory and it’s a sweet memory with a great lesson: (more…)
Richard-Charles Hoh, one of the great inspirations in my life, is featured on Watchfire Music’s Inspirational Song of the Week today. I hope you will take a moment to listen to Richard sing his sweet, sweet version of “The Girl Next Door”: http://watchfiremusic.com/inspirationalsongoftheweek/
Richard happens to be a dear friend. We were neighbors in the same building for years — he lived on the 29th Floor (for 43 years) and I lived on the 38th (for 15 years). Our building was (is) full of NYC performers, and Richard performed both on and off Broadway during the 60 years he lived in New York City!
Richard just turned 90 this year — a mere youngin’. He is now happily living at the The Actors Fund Home (also called the Lillian Booth Actors Home). Vibrantly, he continues to sing concerts there and has returned to his passionate, lifelong pursuit of painting portraits, while participating in a whirlwind of activities at the Home.
I’ve loved to hike since I was a kid. I’ve hiked mostly in the West, the Southwest and in the California Sierras. When I moved east, I became a true urban hiker.
For a time, I alternated between Urban Hiking in New York City and Wilderness Hiking in Colorado where we had a home up in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It was hiking heaven there in the Sangres. Though I could rarely convince husband or son to join me, I pretty quickly found a group of new friends with whom to hike and mountain climb.