Posts tagged ‘New York City’
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
Christmas came gently this year through many exquisite moments. Here are just a few of them:
1. Subway Brother
Peter and I were going through a subway turnstile a few days ago. As I went through first, our shared metro card ran out. Peter searched through his wallet. A bedraggled man who had observed us, stepped up to Peter, took out several metro cards from his pocket and said, “Man, I just want to help you. Here.” And he swiped one of his cards for Peter to pass through. Peter thanked him and offered to pay, but the man just laughed and said, “No, man, I just want to help.”
They looked each other straight in the eyes, shook hands and grabbed each others’ shoulders. A hearty thank you from Peter, and they said goodbye. We smiled and said, “Ah, New Yorkers.” But what we really felt and acknowledged was “There goes the child of God!” It was a Christmas moment.
December 25, 2014 at 9:19 pm
I walked out of church yesterday feeling really good. Feeling grateful. Just loving this September day in New York City, and feeling glad to be embarking on my Sunday walk home.
It’s been more than 7 years since I’ve gone on these Sunday walks. I was busy up in Boston. But this summer, I resumed them. It’s been natural and easy, and the tradition has quickly kicked back in. It’s about a 2-mile walk, starting on the Upper East Side with a meandering trek through Central Park, over to the West Side and another couple dozen blocks or so south to my own Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.
I love this walk. Anything or nothing can happen on it. Often I crave the nothingness that happens – just walking in the city and seeing the people outside in all seasons and all weather.
September 17, 2012 at 2:40 pm
Hello my dear blogger world! Here’s what seems to be my 2nd quarter blog post. Eeek! Sorry to be so long silent. To get back to blogging, let me share with you an article in which Alysia Stern interviewed me, which is featured this month in an online magazine, Spot On Long Island. I really enjoyed talking with Alysia and thinking through some of the early foundations and supporters of my music career. I hope you enjoy, and I am looking forward to talking with you more. Blessings and Light to all of you!
Here’s the Interview:
re-posted from http://spotonli.com/2012/06/classical-crossover-singer-julia-wade/
June 5, 2012
Classical Crossover Singer Julia Wade
Julia Wade is an innovational Classical Crossover singer who sings alluring music of inspiration within an eclectic range of genres. She has harmoniously performed across the United States and has also has an incredible international career. Her talented endeavors incorporate performances involving theater, opera and cabarets, including live stage appearances at The Rome Opera, Carnegie Hall, & Teatro Massimo di Palermo.
Julia has released several CDs including one in fluent Spanish. She acquired her radiant reputation with a large fan base in an international congregation. On top of being the Soloist at the international headquarters of the Christian Science Church on Boston, she has also created an entire character motif using her harmonious voice to illuminate the adorable story of Custard the Dragon, a CD and book set for children. Her newest CD, entitled Silk Road, is due to be released shortly.
When did you find your voice?
It took me years to realize that I’ve been singing all my life. Even from the age of 3! I remember climbing into the lowest branch of the willow tree in our back yard as a tiny little girl. I would sit in my perch and sing! I would make up songs about nature.
I really found my voice, though, after years of playing the flute in band and finally joining the Sophomore Girls’ Choir in high school. I didn’t even have to audition for it, but the minute I walked in, it was like the world changed and I felt like I had come home. That was it. After that, it really was all about singing.
I received conservatory-style training in college and earned a Bachelor of Music degree at San Jose State University with an emphasis in vocal performance.
June 8, 2012 at 5:56 pm
Early Morning in New York City
I was grateful to be home in NYC for the anniversary of September 11th. I didn’t plan it that way. Most Sundays find me singing in Boston. On this particular Sunday, however, I was home for a few weeks of working on my new CD project.
Sunday, September 11th was a beautiful day of reflection, remembrance and connection. The day began with early morning readings on 9/11. I read a beautiful blog post by Seth Godin. Be sure to check out this insightful article: “It’s Different Here.”
Then I read Peter Link’s profoundly moving blog post on 9/11. Enjoy his inspiring and healing view point in “Remembering”
Next, my eyes landed on a piece of sheet music on my desk. The song was Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday.” The lyrics were a PERFECT prayer to set out on this day of remembrance. And there was no choice but to listen to the great Mahalia Jackson sing this song on the Duke Ellington Black Brown and Beige album. It is transcendent. Listen here. View the lyrics here.
Finally, as a contribution to this 10th anniversary of 9/11, I posted to Facebook and Twitter a free download of my recording of Peter Link’s “In Silence” from watchfiremusic.com. It is a tribute and comforting song to anyone who has felt the loss of a loved one and who mourns. Please get your free download of “In Silence” here.
Then the day really got rolling! (more…)
September 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm