My husband and I recently watched a patient Japanese movie called Sweet Bean directed by Naomi Kawase. It follows the story of Sentaro who, in a small unassuming shop, cooks a snack called dorayaki, a sweet-bean-filled pancake sandwich. He meets a bubbly elder, Tokue, who has mastered the art of making sweet bean paste. Tokue’s […]
What a year it has been! On a personal level it has been a year of great music making! I have met new musicians who inspire me and have sung at some new venues in Seattle and Tacoma and Bellingham. The hubby and I visited New Orleans and felt like we touched the original heartbeat […]
Dear Friends, Thank you so much to coming out and supporting me personally and supporting live music this year. I so appreciate you! You keep me off the streets! Happiest Holiday Wishes to you and yours!
Today as All Hallows eve is upon us, I am remembering friends, benefactors, and those who have gone before. Those who have passed beyond the veil. There is an African proverb that we stand on the shoulders of our ancestors. I believe this phrase includes our familial line as well as those who are a […]
You can’t help but notice how music is used to motivate us to action. Anyone who visits the gym can’t help but notice how many people have earbuds in their ears. It’s not just a way to keep the world out; using music can be a way to override the whining of the mind when […]
I can’t help it, I think in song. September rolls around and I hear that guitar lick and horn section of Earth Wind and Fire’s intro to their song September and I do a little happy dance, publicly or discretely depending on the company. I hope your summer has been spectacular and you are reaping […]
Happy Summer to you my friend! Earshot Jazz approached me and asked me to write a short piece about my Japan musical adventures and I will share the text here. You can see the article in context here Enjoy! I will be taking a nap in the sunshine! Hello Kitty. Sushi. Bullet Trains. Sumo. and […]
The Japan journey was a wondrous exploration of culture, food, and jazz appreciation. Kobe was amazing, and I reconnected with some old musical collaborators in Tokyo. I’ll be writing more about this and sharing photos and videos in my emails and on my Facebook page.
Recently as I was getting into my car which was parked in the garage, I noticed a yellow poppy that had found a little gap in the wall and squeezed its bright head through a parted shingle to explore the darkness of the garage. It was a pleasant surprise to say the least. It’s adventurous […]
Hello Kitty. Anime. Sushi. Bullet Trains. Robotics. Baseball. Sumo. and love of Jazz. Yep, Jazz and Japan go together like peanut butter and jelly or tempura and more tempura. And the cool thing is that I get to go and experience all of the above first hand this month. In a few days I will […]