Maya, no illusion

I don't know if my mother would agree, but it always felt growing up as if Maya Angelou had reached saint status in our house; and this was well before the appearance of Oprah! Her poetry especially, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Still I Rise were litanies:…

Still life

I am sitting at my kitchen table admiring a table of gifts that were given to me this weekend. A mossy pot holding a bed of varied succulents; a mason jar of droopy yellow and red tulips and a healthy bunch of chocolate mint.  The petals of the tulips are…

Weeds

I've been thinking about weeds lately. Actually, I don't think about weeds until I see them; til they're littering  the space where I don't want them to be.  This morning as I walked out of the door, within minutes I  just had to stoop down and grab a handful of…

Swing!

February 15, 2014, save this date. It is not just a day to finish off those chocolates from Valentine's Day! Red & Ruby (myself and guitarist about town Vince Brown) have a new CD. Last year, we gathered with friends and well wishers at Neanderhall Recording Studio in Olympia and…

Happy New Year!

Well, here we are at the starting line of 2014. Hope you're packed and ready to go.  there will be a carpool leaving at 12:01. Don't worry there will be plenty of opportunity for solo scenic drives as well.  I'm bringing snacks. When I was younger, resolutions abounded: I will…

Shimmy in a Winter Wonderland

As a musician, I am interested in sound. I spend much of my time trying to organize sound in ways that delight or make sense to me  ( and hopefully others).  A common question that I often ask my husband is, "do you hear that?"  either when  we are listening…

Noodling in November

"The Star Spangled Banner" is the little black dress of anthems. It can be dressed up with  glittery orchestration or dressed down with a solo voice. It can be slinky on-the-town wear with lots of Mariah Carey-like yodeling or it can be more of a black church robe. For a…

Don’t Trip on the Drip

Raindrops Raindrops are such funny things. They haven't feet or haven't wings. Yet they sail through the air, With the greatest of ease, And dance on the street, Wherever they please. - Anon.       When ever the rainy season comes along, I have to giggle a little. I remember announcing…

Experiences with Live Music

I had a moment of gratitude last night.  Mind you, the moments of gratitude are  many because I have much to be grateful for, but  my gratitude was sparked by a conversation that I had with a a fellow musician and teacher. He mentioned that many of his college aged…
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