Learning Music is Hard Sometimes

“The swing of the song rests in how you play around the silence between the notes.” I have been working on, “Once I Loved by Antonio Carlos Jobim,Vinicius De Moraes, Ray Gilbert.” Now just to let you know, I have a bit of a hang up about Brazilian songs. I struggle with the rhythm, the…

Snows of Life

It is the nature of spring in Colorado, but it tends to dampen dreams of green pastures, flower adorned mountain sides, and sprouting gardens.After living in Colorado all my life, I have come to recognize that although it is indeed snowing, new life is hidden but just barely, veiled by the cold frozen slush of…

Obsessed with Beauty

I have been obsessed with beauty since my brother died of cancer. I cannot really explain it. I can only recognize it and acknowledge it. After he died my world went silent, there was no God speaking words of comfort, there was no friend who knew what to say, there were pastors who were too…

What note will I play now?

Miles Davis said,”If you hit a wrong note, it’s the next note that you play that determines if it’s good or bad.” I feel like Trump winning the election is a note that was played by America, how I respond will determine if it was a good or bad note.  I do not like the…

The Myth of Talent

I grew up listening to people talk about how talented this person was or how talented that person was. There would be a literal conversation about how talented someone was. These conversations ensued, when I would play the piano. Inevitably, someone would tell me how talented I was. As a little girl, I would puff…

Finding the Magic

Christmas is the time of year when I am always looking for a little magic. The time of the year when the veil between the divine and the mortal thins. It is also the time when rushing, buying, decorating, and cooking often preoccupy my thoughts. I struggle to find the magic in the hustle and…

Writing Again

Writing again….two simple words but two important words for me. I miss writing and yet it is one of those things, I continue to put off when life hits me, tossing things into chaos. Life does that regularly. Writing sorts through my thoughts leaving only the important and the silly. Silly thoughts are important because…

Room for All

There is room for all of us. I am finding my way through the maze of post election celebrations and post election depression. It matters not which side of the election you happen to be on the problem is the same. It is finding our equilibrium in a world that is changing. I find myself…

A Divided Life

Feeling like a different person than I used to be. Have you ever met an elderly couple who constantly divides their life into before the fire and after the fire? Or the veteran who speaks often of before the war, and after the war? I feel I have a kindred spirit to those people, as…

Why I Love Jazz!

Why do I love Jazz …you ask??? Ok maybe you didn’t ask but I love jazz and the main reason I love it is it engages me in a way that other music does not. The harmony keeps me guessing and smiling all the way through the standard. I love the conversational exchanges between musicians…

Already tired of the name calling…!

Yesterday I posted a political post on my Facebook wall. I know I should keep my opinions to myself but, I was responding to all the vague generalizations and name calling that goes on in an election year. I actually posted a third party candidate. I don’t know if I will vote for him but…

If it delights, it is art!

I love it when my kids come around. They still brighten up my day with their smiles, even as adults. They make me laugh and somehow my heart is just a bit lighter. One of my daughters came over to take my husband out for breakfast on Father’s day. She comes out of the bathroom…