Why am I doing this?

Of course, one does not need to look far to find good reasons to donate to a worthy cause such as autism awareness. I thought about whether to even say anything. There is a need to protect a child's anonymity and after all, millions of people are probably reading...

Autism Awareness Month promotion

April is Autism Awareness Month. Many of you who know me well know that this is significant for me and so many of my friends. During the entire month of April, $5 of EVERY CD purchased via this website will be directly donated to the Doug Flutie Jr. foundation. This...

“Suffer a Fool” video from CD release show

I am thrilled to share the first in a series of videos from my CD release show at St. Rocke!! BIG thanks to Dave and Sharon Williams for their hard work in creating this. Check out the new video of "Suffer a...

Reviews of “Indigo” are in!

"...you are listening to perhaps one of the most talented artists of our generation." "...This isn’t some over-layered pop tune. It’s a massive cultural ride." "...she could probably sing the phone book and not miss a sparkling note. This is a voice that is missing...

Of Math and Music

1 + 1 = 2. 2 + 2 = 4 Ab + Cm = AbMaj7 The link between math and music has been well documented and explored in various ways. For my part, I've always loved both. When I was a teen, I can't explain how, but I actually felt the music practice making things clearer in my...

Choosing America

Rummaging through the attic this week, we pulled out a box of old papers to find a copy of the Chicago Sun Times magazine from 1975. The front cover was an impossibly handsome Jack Nicholson, and the back cover was an impossibly ridiculous cigarette advertisement. And...

My First Vocal teacher

When I was 8 years old, my mother signed me up for an arts camp. I'm not sure why she thought this was a good idea: riding a bus after school in the sweltering Delhi heat to a transformed suburban house teeming with other children whose mothers needed to work. We had...

Song Recipe

Ingredients for a Complete Song: 1 Story 1 Heart – can be broken or whole 1 Voice Instruments – as required – 0 or 1 1 writing utensil 15 Sheets of paper 1 wastebasket 1 bottle of wine a) Combine all ingredients. See what happens. Discard all but the best outcome....

Life…Unplugged

It is Wednesday. The keyboard from last Saturday's rehearsal is still in the minivan, because you haven't found the time or energy to unload it. Your son is insisting that his fever is 114 degrees so that he doesn't have to go to school. That just-above-shamefully...

Immortalize Me – Fame-seeking as an evolutionary behavior

My husband calls it the “look-at-me” gene. I have it; he does not. True, I've never turned away from the limelight, and I've definitely had more than my share of well deserved embarrassments as a result (hey, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right?). The...