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…)
I was asked to make a special guest appearance this week at The Loreto Theater at NYC’s newest Arts Center, the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture. What a joy to perform for the audience that evening! During the day, however, I had the privilege of singing for an additional, but spontaneous audience: A group of folks from Live Nation, including the President of the East Coast division, came into the theatre during my sound check/rehearsal.
They were there to see the space, but they ended up coming up onto the stage after I had finished one of my pieces, and we all got to meet and talk. They continued on their tour of the center, and a few minutes later came back in through the balcony doors to see the media booth and equipment. Then they stayed long enough to listen to a second song! I’m especially excited because this was, for me, a chance to sing for the brass at Live Nation.
It was also great to preview the stage and facilities as a performer, as I am part of an amazing cast of folks who will be presenting a new concert project, “Is Anybody Listening” slated to open in June at the Sheen Center! More details to come, but for THIS day of music-making, I feel total gratitude and joy — all in a good day’s work! You never know who’s going to show up!
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.