So glad you dropped by for a visit. Feel free to wander from room to room and enjoy the auditory and visual treats I’ve left for you. I hope that they will fill you with wonderment, joy and peace. If anything catches your, eye, ear, heart or all three, please leave me a note to share what it was. I’m so glad you came to my home. Feel free to drop in anytime to see what’s going on. My door is always open to you.
My life, including the present continues to remain a vertiginous and unpredictable journey. I have been physically and mentally in some very interesting as well as disconcerting landscapes and spaces. However, my two constants have been Nature and Music. My mother recalls that even as a baby I was either humming or singing something. Hm. Well, fast forward and I’m the “star” of my first grade chorus.
Music would remain a major part of my life until after my first year of college (having gotten into college on a full music scholarship) when I abandoned music. At that time, my self-confidence plummeted and went underground and stayed there for seven years, until John Lively, choir director at Third Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA resurrected my desire to sing again by giving me a paid position on his choir. He also offered me a full scholarship to attend Carlow College. The scholarship I wasn’t ready for, but I sang on his choir for twelve years. In a sense that was my college. I learned so much about harmony, rhythm, diction etc.
Unfortunately, when I moved from Pittsburgh to Providence R.I, my music went underground again, this time for almost a decade, sorry to say. Then I moved to Boston. Again, a fortuitous encounter led me to Berklee College of Music where I was interviewed then hired for their Summer ESL Program which was an all music centered program; we even had gigs on Thursday evenings and ended the Summer with a jazz boat cruise down the Charles. Ah, what a wonderful sixteen summers, indeed. It was at Berklee that my musical education really broadened.
I studied standards, learned about the history of jazz and blues, explored world music and started recording. Mine has been a wild ride, for sure which has included many more downs than ups, but the ups were enough to keep me going. Now, I move seamlessly through classical and jazz repertoire and sing at various venues all over the Boston-metro area. And, as if I need to say it, I LOVE to sing because it is then that I fly. Sometimes, I even catch my arms lifting when I’m singing.