Spring Renewal: A Walk In The Snow

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I love the renewal that comes with each season.  I especially love the sense of rebirth when Spring starts to show her beautiful self to us each year.

Renewal always signifies to me the opportunity to start fresh, get a clean slate, do some “spring” cleaning, and clear out all of the cobwebs.

This line of thought always leads me to thinking about life here on earth and its continuous cycle of change as expressed in nature.  That, of course, leads me further into more spiritual realms until finally, it makes me stand still and face the concept of life or … Life with a capital “L”.

So … Life.  (more…)

April 4, 2016 at 4:44 pm 1 comment

David Bowie and the Six Degrees of Separation

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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…)

January 15, 2016 at 12:34 am Leave a comment

The Women of “Duets – Woman 2 Woman”

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Over the course of 2 years, I was privileged to spend time working and recording with 8 amazing women to create my new CD, Duets — Woman 2 Woman — Conversations With Wise Women In My Life.  

The CD was just released not quite 2 weeks ago, and I’m thrilled to share its treasures with you, namely, the women of Duets: (clockwise from top right) Georgia Engel, Jan Horvath, Margaret Imrie, Gwen Eagleton, Margaret Dorn, Emily Bindiger, Cynthia Clawson, Jenny Burton)

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I am going to begin the story of this CD by posting here my summary conclusion of the CD’s digital liner notes found in the free downloadable digibook. (more…)

December 16, 2015 at 3:24 am Leave a comment

Richard and The Girl Next Door

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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.

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October 26, 2015 at 9:55 pm Leave a comment

Aria In The Wild

Summertime valley floor near Westcliffe, Colorado, facing the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range to the west.

Near Westcliffe, Colorado: http://dougniedermillerphotography.com/

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.

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October 24, 2015 at 10:36 pm 2 comments

Social Media — How It’s Working in My Life

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I subscribe to Social Media Examiner — a blog I have been following for about a year.  I also recently joined their Social Media Marketing Society in an effort to learn more about Social Media and its changes and updates.  In the Meet and Greet section, we are asked to introduce ourselves.  I did, and the moderator came back and asked me how I was using Social Media in my concert and recording career.

It was a really powerful experience to put into words what I have been doing and why.  I am sure my answer was far too long for the moderator, but it wasn’t for me.  It was a real stream-of-consciousness brainstorm to review what I and my company, Watchfire Music, have been engaged in now for quite a while.  Seems appropriate to share some of this insight here with you, too.  After all, we spend most of our time together communicating through some form of digital communication (my other term for Social Media!). (more…)

June 9, 2015 at 9:00 am 2 comments

About Solo Thoughts

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Do you know about Solo Thoughts?  

It’s a great research tool to help church soloists, musical directors and music committees to find music appropriate to church services — particularly songs for the soloist.  It’s called Solo Thoughts and Watchfire Music publishes this quarterly and monthly.  We’ve been doing this now for about 8 years.

If you are new to Solo Thoughts, here are more specifics: Solo Thoughts matches 12 to 24 solos per week to each Christian Science Weekly Bible Lesson.  It also provides a purchase link to buy in-print sheet music for your church service.  This is a very detailed document that cuts your own research time down as well as introducing you to new sacred solo repertoire.
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May 22, 2015 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

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