It started in December. Every year, I try to watch It’s a Wonderful Life around Christmas time, it makes me smile and I have a little crush on Jimmy Stewart. I do have my husband’s blessings and like a good friend that I really want to visit, December rolls around and I want to spend some of it with Jimmy Stewart. So I had It’s a Wonderful Life all cued up and decided to break tradition and watch Mr Smith goes to Washington instead.
This was just before the Presidential elections and Democrats and Republicans were both snarling uncivilized beasts trying to establish Alpha dog status and I was in desperate need of a higher view (although fictional) of public servants. So I chose the quintessential whistle-blower movie over seeing a wet angel in a night dress and singing along when the leads sing Buffalo Girls Wont You Come Out Tonight.
It was one of the many filibuster speeches, but that was when the crush began and I wanted to court Mr. Stewart.
[His voice very hoarse, from his filibuster] Just get up off the ground, that’s all I ask. Get up there with that lady that’s up on top of this Capitol dome, that lady that stands for liberty. Take a look at this country through her eyes if you really want to see something. And you won’t just see scenery; you’ll see the whole parade of what Man’s carved out for himself, after centuries of fighting. Fighting for something better than just jungle law, fighting so’s he can stand on his own two feet, free and decent, like he was created, no matter what his race, color, or creed. That’s what you’d see. There’s no place out there for graft, or greed, or lies, or compromise with human liberties. And, uh, if that’s what the grownups have done with this world that was given to them, then we’d better get those boys’ camps started fast and see what the kids can do. And it’s not too late, because this country is bigger than the Taylors, or you, or me, or anything else. Great principles don’t get lost once they come to light. They’re right here; you just have to see them again!
Sigh. Idealistic? Corny? Naive? Yep, it sure is, but sometimes you need a little corn to gain some mental altitude. By the way, the screen play was written by Sydney Buchman who had his share of tussles with the House Un-American Activities Committee of the 1930′s. I like to think that he was speaking through Stewart’s character.
So yesterday was a day of rest for me, after a rather high energy evening sharing the stage with Stacie Caulkins, Laurie Clothier, David Duvall and an incredibly talented bunch of musicians (who are too many to list here, but they know who they are!) performing Believe in Yourself: The Lena Horne Songbook at Centerstage on Saturday night. Thanks to the folks that came out and made it a sold out show.
Lena. Wow. Now she is a post for another time, so I won’t digress. It was fun learning more about her and her songbook which is quite eclectic. So after sleeping in, I felt like a visit with Jimmy was in order, so I watched Harvey. What is there not to love about a man who has a 6 foot three and a half inch tall rabbit that no one else can see? This is a definitive screwball comedy. Some lovely, silly lines that just stay with you. Let’s just say that Mr. Stewart and I had a nice visit.
Until next time, be kind.
What a week. Inauguration began this third week of January with our first lady sporting bangs, loosing her arm bloomers and exploring the world of clothing without (gasp) sleeves. Americans, we are not a shallow people, just a little A.D.D.
I’ve been listening to a lot of Lena Horne lately, courtesy of Youtube . I have been impressed with her ability to make a song her own as well as the longevity of her career. She started when she was 16 at the Cotton Club as a dancer and performed successfully well into her 80′s. I had the opportunity to meet her! I think that she may have been in her late 60′s. Some friends and I went to her dressing room and she opened the door and she was all glitter, fur and graciousness.
I recently saw the movie the Hobbit and the elves are portrayed as other worldy and effulgent with light. I must say that is my memory of Ms Horne. Ebuliance and brilliance. So I am just a little tickled to be part of an upcoming show called: Believe in Yourself: Lena Horne Songbook, Saturday Febuary 16, 8pm at Centerstage Theater in South Tacoma.
One night only, so get your tickets ASAP.
Zowie! January has wasted no time in its appearance, as it is already January 4th already, so much for the lamb and lion metaphor. 2013 and still no jet packs or hover crafts but, hey the world is still here, so I happily take the latter. Whatdya doin tomorrow? Why not join myself and guitarist Vince Brown for an evening of musical running with scissors. We will doing music from a variety of styles and we need you there to make the mix just right. Where? Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art located at 5th and Water Street (300 5th Avenue SW) in downtown Olympia. Tickets are going fast so call to make a reservation 360-705-2819. Cookin’ starts at 8pm. Looking forward to seeing you!
It has been a while since I have written, there has not been a lot of performing. My mom in law passed on suddenly and it knocked the wind out of our family for a bit. I have heard mother in law horror stories and thankfully, I cannot add to the lore. I had a terrific mother in law who happened to be a supportive patron as well as friend. She financed all of my CD’s and was one of my biggest fans. Thank you Wendy Lou, you are missed.
Lots of other happenings in recent months as well:
• The 2012 Olympics were held in London, which were a celebration of the finest of the gene pool.
• A land rover (not the car) has landed on Mars-no green men have been spotted yet.
• 630 million people in India were without power for two days — a customer service challenge that I want turned into a reality show.
• Canada — our usually patient neighbor to the North — no longer wants to have play dates with Iran and is officially cutting diplomatic ties.
• A man jumped out of a balloon (jumped; wasn’t pushed) and became the first person to break the sound barrier without, you know, a vehicle. I love this story because his safe and very James Bond landing was unhappier ending than the Coyote’s encounters with gravity. I wonder…going down did he shout: “AAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaa” or some elongation of deities name? or just “crap. crap. crap. crap”?
• And today, we sit on the cusp of December 21, which according to pre-Columbian Mayan prophecy foretold the demise of the Twinkie. The official story is that Hostess went bankrupt; the truth is that Hostess was a front for a longstanding archeological dig from which perfectly preserved pastries from the Mayan civilization were excavated, repackaged, and resold. Ah, the power of preservatives!
• Speculations abound over what December 21 really signifies, and whether there will be a December 22. You still have time to cast your vote.
So what are you doing on December 21? Don’t speculate, Celebrate!
I will be singing with my friend “Dapper” Vince Brown at Swing, Friday from 8-10.
We will be weaving our silliness, sound, and sass into a show of apocalyptic proportions! We will be throwing in a few end of the world tunes…Make your reservation now, for 12/21 at Swing 8pm-10pm. If the world ends, there will be no refunds!
Also, mark your calendar for January 5, 8pm at Traditions — prophecies willing, I will be singing with Vince Brown and special guests at Traditions….hope to see you there!
Hope some much needed sunshine has found it’s way to you!
I am currently reading Peter Gay’s short bio on the life of Mozart and am amazed how his life seems (to me) parallel to the life of Michael Jackson. Two men who began as prodigies, managed to bring that creative dexterity to adult hood under a heavy-handed, money-motivated father. Times may change but the human condition, not so much.
While Mozart and his sister nick named Nannerl (who was no slouch musically) spent much of their time performing secular music for aristocracy, he spent much time performing sacred music as well. Like them — and many other singers since — I find myself in a similar space these days. After those cafe and wine-bar gigs, most Sunday mornings it’s sacred music for me. You will find me as song leader at The Center for Spiritual Living meeting at 11am most Sundays at the Nova School with music director Brent Pendelton. And you can catch up with me on the third Sunday of the month at Olympia’s Christian Science Church (services begin at 10am).
Both communities are warm and welcoming. If you are looking for a spiritual community, perhaps you may find it in one of these communities.
I am also teaching again (part time). My focus is performance coaching, both for vocalists and other creative folks (singers, actors, and anyone else who has to be creatively “on” in public). I love helping people identify and overcome obstacles to their creative goals, and rewrite their internal scripts. As a creative counselor, perhaps I can help you to access your creative self. Please free to email me, for more information.
That’s all for now, hope to see you soon and as always, thank you for your support.
It was suppose to be a quick trip. My favorite thrift store was having a sale, I had a little time on my hands, a little change in my pocket and I was looking for a deal. The only catch was that I really only had, a little time, my” to do” list was looking over my shoulder and trolling Goodwill was not on the list.
Since it was the end of the day, the isles were clear of shoppers so I started my rounds confident that I could stay within my time limit which was 15 minutes . I was feeling pretty proud of myself after ten minutes but then something happened. I noticed the music.
That night there was something was different, the usual strange blend of 70′s southern rock and 80′s funk soundtrack was replace with country music.Unapologetic Johnny Cash, Hank Lockin, Tanya Tucker country music.
I like to think of myself as a musical omnivore, I try to listen to everything. And honestly while my musical education was/is eclectic, country music was never really officially part of my curriculum. I heard a little Johnny Cash but had never listened to a whole album, uh, I mean CD.
So that 15 minute trip turned into a half hour clothing meditation as I listened to the words of Johnny Cash’s Man in Black and One Piece At A Time. Listening to One Piece at a Time made me a little giddy. It was like tasting chocolate chili pepper ice cream for the first time. It made no sense why it was so tasty but it was delicious!
Yep, I did get a couple of bargains from that thrift store trip, but the unexpected reintroduction to Johnny Cash was defiantly worth my 15 , um 30 minute trip. Thank goodness for Youtube, Johnny and I can get reacquainted.
Until next time…
Be well and be kind,
I speak to my Mom and Dad pretty regularly and like all good parent child phone conversation the weather is often discussed. I try to explain the northwest weather experience, but it sounds so complicated in comparison to the rest of the country. (Ok we don’t have hurricanes and tornadoes) Natives correct me if I am wrong but spring makes an appearance some time in mid May and summer rolls around in August. Many times when talking to my east coast folks I just try to simplify all weather discussion and say that I am in a rain forest without monkeys.
Thanks for all those who came out for the Water Street Cafe and Swing gigs in April. Had a great time making music with Joe Baque, Steve Luceno, Micheal Olson and Vince Brown. Gentlemen, let’s do that again real soon.
Upcoming in May I will be joining the line up of wonderful vocalist for a benefit for KBRD! The Lakewood Community Jazz Band will be swinging through the night with guest vocalists, Jessica Blinn; Lizzy Boyer; Rich Sikorski; Vickie Anderson; Daven Tillinghast; Christine Corey to name a few. If toe tapping isn’t enough for you, there will be dancing; and if you don’t know how to dance there will be a beginning dance class at 7.
Where? When? What?
KBRD Benefit with The Lakewood Community Jazz Band
Saturday, May 19th from 7 till 10 PM at The Olympia Elks Club, 1818 4th Avenue East in Olympia.
Also in May I will be singing at the Center for Spiritual Living on Sunday May 6th and May 27. Hour long services begin at 11:00 at the Nova School in Southeast Olympia located at 2020 22nd Avenue SE Olympia.
Hope to see you some time this month. Be well, be kind and thank you for your support.
The school tour of Wilma with Book-It All Over is coming to an end, with a few extended performance planned for May. A couple of weeks ago, myself and other cast members smiled, giggled and cooed, ” that is soooooo cute” more times than I care to admit as we read through a pile of thank you letters from students. The spelling and pictures were…priceless.
Any hoo, I’m singing in April and I would love to see you there:
April 21st, Saturday 9:30-12:00
Water Street Cafe610 Water Street Southwest
Olympia, WA 98501
with Joe Baque, piano Steve Luceno-bass Michael Olson percussion
April 27th Friday 8pm
Swing Cafe and Wine Bar
825 Columbia Street Southwest Olympia, WA 98501
with Vince Brown on guitar
Center for Spiritual Awakening April 29th Sunday 11am
Services held at the Nova Private Middle School
2020 22nd Avenue Southeast Olympia, WA 98501
with David Rhys Johnson on piano