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What have I done?

[This has nothing to do with music, although I could probably find a way if I tried] For many years, I thought I was a cat person. And then I married a man who loved golden retrievers, and suddenly I became a puppy mama. From 1980-2003, I had had cats. First there was Kahlua, aContinue reading “What have I done?”

Shmigrate

Sometimes I like to make up words. Occasionally on purpose. A few that have come to mind are: phlegmacious: having a surplus of phlegm (also called “phlegmular,” by former student Jennifer Leevan, who, when I said, “that sounds like it’s granular,” responded with, “Well, sometimes it is”) boobular: wearing an extremely low-cut or very tightContinue reading “Shmigrate”

Bragging Boldly

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the idea of confident humility vs false modesty. in which I talked about the need to be confident in your abilities and not to be afraid to share that confidence with others. And then this happened. On Sunday, one of my former Milwaukee colleagues, who is now inContinue reading “Bragging Boldly”

Bloom or wilt?

I have written twice about blooming where you’re planted. Both times in the summer of 2017, a month apart. The truth is that I forgot I wrote the first one when I wrote the second. But that’s okay, because the first one was the seed, so to speak, and the second was  its germination. (AtContinue reading “Bloom or wilt?”

Back to 2021-2022!

Time to head back to 2021-2022 and to another year of curiously strong singing and performing! OYes, this is a reworking of the Back to Whatever graphic Last week, we had a wonderful three day series called “Back to Whatever,” in which we explored: Our Favorite Sings Pop/Rock for Dummies Exploring the Emotional Truth inContinue reading “Back to 2021-2022!”

Show Up or Show Off

One thing that is misunderstood about performers is that we do this because we need to show off. Because we are full of ourselves, we think we’re all that, we’re too big for our britches, we’re extroverts, we’re superficial, and all the other things m̶y̶ ̶m̶o̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ ̶s̶a̶i̶d̶ that people often say. And perhaps there areContinue reading “Show Up or Show Off”

Believe In Your Ideas

This morning’s Seth Godin post was timely, because it spoke about how sometimes things take time to catch on, no matter how good they are: I have had a bunch of ideas this past year that I thought were terrific and that people told me were terrific and then I’ve put them out there and …. theyContinue reading “Believe In Your Ideas”

Making an Impact Goes Both Ways

Sometimes I get emails from the parents of former students asking me to put something together to commemorate their child’s success – usually, graduation from high school or college – because apparently I had made some kind of impact in their lives and it would mean something to them. (I’ve also been to a coupleContinue reading “Making an Impact Goes Both Ways”

Assume People Like You

Since I’m out of town on vacation, I went through a few of my blogposts to see which ones could be re-visited, and here’s one from 2017. Hope you like it – and me. (And excuse any formatting issues – these were exported over from a different platform and the spacing is a bit wonky.)Continue reading “Assume People Like You”

Music’s Path

I’m heading off to Milwaukee Irish Fest this weekend (my own Music’s Path – more to be explained at the bottom of this post), so here is a 2017 blogpost about what Irish music means to me. (Excuse the spacing – this was imported from a different platform.) When I think of Irish music, IContinue reading “Music’s Path”