Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Summertime Blues

Summer's almost over and I'm finally back home in Salt Lake City and so exhausted I could sleep for a month.

On July 3nd, my sister called me from North Carolina and said that my mom was in the hospital again and it didn't look good, so I flew out there on July 5th. Mom came home from the hospital and was doing better but took a downward turn after about a week. My sister and I took turns sitting with her, eight hours on/eight off for the next couple of weeks, and she passed away on July 22nd. I will forever and always be thankful that I got to spend those weeks with my mother, even if she didn't realize I was there for much of the time.

We had a beautiful and upbeat funeral and I saw cousins and other relatives that I hadn't seen in 20 years. After that, I drove to Maryland with two of my daughers and stayed with them for a few weeks.  Being with them was lovely and fun, but I'm glad to be home.

So, now it's August and Jubilate's 9-11 concert is almost upon us. This year is Ralph Vaughn Williams "Dona Nobis Pacem."  Confession time again - it's not one of my favorites. I find it very depressing, especially in light of losing my mother so recently.

After the 9-11 concert, we'll be gearing up for the holidays...yikes!  Put the brakes on there!  It's still 90 degrees outside, so no talk of fall yet!  I love summer and I always want to stretch it out as long as possible. So I'll rephrase that...we'll be gearing up for our next season!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Boom...and Life Changes Again

Funny thing about life...just when you get comfortable with things the way they are, boom...life changes. You're in college, dating, having fun and then, BOOM, you're married.  You get used to each other's quirks and settle in to marriage and BOOM, you're parents.  Snap your fingers and BOOM, your kids are grown and gone and maybe you're divorced.  Get comfortable with your job responsibilities and BOOM, you've retired. 


Yes, I've retired and it's not exactly what I thought it would be.  I'm doing a lot more traveling and a lot less singing.  I really thought I'd be in at least three choirs now and doing the occasional side gig,  Instead, I'm enjoying traveling and not really missing the singing.  

Singing has been my salvation and my passion for the last 35 years and suddenly, BOOM, its not so important anymore. (Oh, someone please wash my mouth out with soap)!

So, Jubilate is having a concert and I'm not singing.  How weird. Instead, I'll be in the audience listening and clapping like crazy.  

The concert is this coming Sunday, May 18th, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 1385 Spring Lane, Salt Lake City, Utah. Time is 7:00 pm and admission is free, though contributions are gladly accecpted.  The St. Vincent de Paul Schola is also performing.  I miss singing with them also, but I do enjoy being able to travel without worry about concert scheduling.

This doesn't mean I've quit singing entirely.  I'm definitely doing the 9-11 concert and maybe Summer Singers but as soon as the 9-11 is over, I'm off again for another two months to see relatives back east.  

Here's a map to the church and a picture:

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bringing Art Out of the Museum

The Rijksmuseum museum in Holland had an idea: Let's bring the art to the people
and then, hopefully, they will come to see more - at the museum.

They took one Rembrandt painting from 1642, Night Watch and brought to life the characters in it, placed them in a busy mall and the rest you can see for yourself.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Grammys Are Not All About Twerking, Thank the Gods!

There's a brand new Grammy Award this year concerning music educators.  Here's the teacher who won the 2014 Grammy Music Educator of the Year Award:

Congratulations Kent Knappenberger!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Not Much of Anything

I'm sitting here at 11:15 pm (mountain time), watching "What About Bob" for the zillionth time and knitting my zillionth pair of socks.

It's snowing again and will snow again tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeping in this petty pace from day to winter day, to the last syllable of recorded precipitation....and so on.

We haven't had the temperatures that the east has seen though, so I should be THANKFUL I live in the mountains of Utah.  Here, it's at least 15 degrees F.  On the brighter side, I get to wear all those warm, hand-knit winter socks.

I saw some awesome pictures of the result of the polar vortex in Chicago on Huffington Post.  Ummm, global warming???

Jubilate rehearsals begin again on the 13th.  Winter has a long way to go, but I can start thinking of spring with the music for our spring concert.  Short sleeves, no bulky coats, flipflops and driving on DRY roads.

Reality vs fantasy in one picture:

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Wishing You a Happy and Musical 2014!

The Fantastikids sing Happy New Year for your enjoyment!