Bird and Byrd on the Value of Voice Lessons

The other day I found a perfect excerpt to share with you.  In my beloved Weiss & Taruskin textbook from college lie some words as true today as they were when written 425 years ago. William Byrd, who I like to believe is one of my husband’s ancestors, was a 16th century English church composer and… Continue reading Bird and Byrd on the Value of Voice Lessons

Daily Practices Toward Peace and Creative Improvisation

I’m a fan of vocalist and improvisor Bobby McFerrin. The year after I graduated from my community choir, the group attended a choral festival for which Bobby McFerrin was one of the clinicians: 0ne more reason to consider flunking senior year. But alas, I did not, and have never seen the man in person. I’m not even sure how I… Continue reading Daily Practices Toward Peace and Creative Improvisation

On Mommyhood, Tears, and a Little Chopin

This post is of a little bit different nature than my usual.  Typically I prefer to avoid entering the realm of parenting issues in such a public manner. Nonetheless, I am compelled to write about something I just experienced, so I’m running with it. Many of you know that my husband has been out of… Continue reading On Mommyhood, Tears, and a Little Chopin

I {‘Art} Shoes

I am not a shoe person. Maybe it’s because I have such large feet.  I don’t know.  I think shoes are cute and all, but I find that I manage just fine to frequently get through a whole week using only one or two pair.  Last time I bought flip flops was seven years ago.  Either… Continue reading I {‘Art} Shoes