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2021 In Review

Well, THIS was a year.  Let’s review it, shall we? (Buckle up, there’s a lot – although it’s still shorter than Dave Barry’s annual year in review) January:Sang for a televised Mass in honor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg (masked) Started taking Peter Jacobson’s Alexander Technique Teacher Training programContinue reading “2021 In Review”

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”

The Winding Way Down to 2021

Heck of a year, ain’a? [Definition of Ain’a: Milwaukee version of the French phrase “ne c’est pas,” meaning, “isn’t it?” Often includes “hey” at the end for added emphasis] I don’t have too much to say except I’m looking forward to the beginning of 2021, because it really has to get better, right? I haveContinue reading “The Winding Way Down to 2021”

“Her voice was broken, so I sing aloud”

I work every day to make her proud Her voice was broken So I sing aloud. —Emma Langford I went to Milwaukee Irish Fest this year and heard some really top-notch Irish music by a lot of young artists who may be using traditional Irish instruments, but are singing about contemporary and deeply personal themes.Continue reading ““Her voice was broken, so I sing aloud””

It’s die-dee-die-dee-time!

Yes, it is time for my semi-annual (sometimes annual) pilgrimage to Milwaukee Irish Fest to dance jigs, drink beer (none of which will be green), listen to Celtic punk and traditional (die-dee-die-dee) music, eat deep-fried food, and celebrate what is not my heritage, but what speaks to me much more than anything in which IContinue reading “It’s die-dee-die-dee-time!”

Found a composer!

I am thrilled to announce that Garth Baxter has agreed to accept a commission to compose three Irish songs. Garth and I have been Facebook friends for awhile now, and he has written some pieces for a good friend of mine, soprano Annie Gill, and so I thought I’d check out some of his workContinue reading “Found a composer!”