Thanks to Mike Ball and his Lost Voices organization, I have had the privilege of spending a week (on more than one occasion) adding music and sometimes melody to the powerful words of the phenomenal girls at Vista Maria who, at ages ranging from 12 – 17, have survived the kind of trauma we could never imagine or understand. There’s really no way for me to explain the impact these young women have on me both in their bravery and gentleness. This blog post on the Lost Voices website is beautifully written by singer/songwriter and board member, Sharon Tse. You’ll be glad you read it.
This time of year is always rife with emotions from blissfully happy to supremely sad, and everything in between. Rod and I have been talking a lot about time and how we want to spend what’s left of ours. Not PLANNING on going anywhere but with so many friends leaving us far too soon, the urgent ticking of the clock has us contemplating how we’re spending our time. Joyfully, comes to mind.
At the time of this writing, there are only a few hours left of 2016. A year that many are looking back on with a mixture of “good riddance” and “can we please have a do over?!” A year with far too many losses in the arts and entertainment world at a time when we turn to things like music and art for comfort. A year over-shadowed by what was surely THE MOST despicable and embarrassing election campaign season in my lifetime, riddled with and followed by the kind of behavior that we should ALL be denouncing. I’ve spoken with many who are angry, frightened, and quite literally sickened and yet we are still hopeful. As cliche as it might be, at my lowest times, I find that remembering the many blessings I have in my life is the best cure. If you’re reading this, we count you among them. Continue reading
David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey, Paul Kantner, Maurice White, Harper Lee, Sonny James, George Martin, Keith Emerson & Greg Lake, Patty Duke, Merle Haggard, Prince, Guy Clark, Muhammad Ali, Ralph Stanley, Gene Wilder, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell, Gwen Ifill, Sharon Jones, Florence Henderson, George Micheal, Carrie Fisher (and her mom)… Continue reading
What is Horns for the Holidays? Horns for the Holidays is a grass roots organization founded in 1996 by Ken Kozora that connects used instruments with children who might not otherwise be able to afford an instrument of their own. How do we do this? YOUR HELP! Please donate your used musical instrument, encourage others to donate, and spread the word! Horns for the Holidays has been collecting under-used musical instruments from the community and giving back to the kids who need and want them for over 10 years.
Where? You ask? Well, the Chelsea Alehouse for one! and When? Well… how about this weekend?? The Alehouse will be celebrating a full weekend of music to kick off the Horns for the Holidays used musical instrument drive, with Creole Du Nord on Friday, Dec 2nd and we’ll be there on Saturday, Dec 3rd!
So dig out that trumpet collecting dust in the basement or old ukulele or penny whistle or…. ALL instruments are accepted!
ROAD TRIP!!!! Continue reading