On this Thanksgiving afternoon in 2020, it’s hard to find a lot to be thankful for. A year ago at this time, Thanksgiving was a respite from a busy fall of performing and teaching, to be spent with family. This year, it seems like just another day. We’re still preparing wonderful food (including a new recipe for me, cranberry sauce with cherries instead of apple – anything is an improvement over sauce that plops out of a can while retaining its ridges), but it’s just for the two of us.
This quote, from Amy Rodgers Schwarzreich and the book The Ultimate Musical Theater College Audition Guide has been in my notes for awhile. While I intended to write it about preparing for auditions, I think it applies to all the challenges we’ve faced so far in 2020.
I am grateful for all my friends, family, students, colleagues, and for the gift of music in my life. Happy Thanksgiving.