Monthly Archives: April 2020

#TBT: 1998

From First Presbyterian Church, Lawrence, Kansas — a church directory photo.

April 1998.

One month before we had buried my mother.  I bought this jacket that week as I was buying a suit to wear for the funeral.

And Simon Carrington had inspired me to start wearing a pocket silk, which I do to this day.

I had no gray in my hair then.

A circle

From a Webster University student this week:

This morning I was looking through my bookshelf, and I opened one of my books that my dad gave me. He buys and sells books, and every once in awhile, he finds a book that he thinks will be useful to me for any reason and gives it to me. Usually, these are field guides or music teaching related.
I opened this book today and found this, and wondered if maybe you had owned this book at some point before me?
And indeed, the student had a copy of a book I took to Goodwill well over a year ago as I was purging my shelves at home and at the office!
Sometimes the universe sends signals.  I haven’t decoded this one yet, but I’m certain the signal is a good one.

New office

Let’s just admit: we are going to be indoors and not at our workplaces for many more weeks.

So on Saturday I moved all the Webster stuff that had been glogging the dining room.  It’s now upstairs in my home office.

When I had hoped that this would be three weeks, the dining room made sense.  But I need to separate my living space from my work space, and the piano cannot be moved (I am there up to seven hours some days!), so the rest of it is now in the home library/office.

On the walls (l-r): a framed first-day cover of UK stamps honoring musicals; a letter from Herbert Howells in his own hand (not to me, but a prized autograph); photos of me after a concert at the White House (top) and a framed print from a lovely visit to Shropshire, UK; and an old London Tube poster showing the say to the various concert halls from Regents Park Tube stop.

Not visible on other walls: a signed copy of a commissioned work from Greg Gilpin; my Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Central Missouri; a large print of a photo I took in Hydra, Greece; reminders of Ralph Vaughan Williams from a visit to his birthplace in Down Ampney, England; a framed, signed letter from Maria von Trapp, written to me in 1985; and a framed remembrance from Ball State University Chamber Singers in 2004.

On my desk: a framed photo of Herbert Howells (one is on my desk at school too), and a remembrance of my beloved boss, Peter Sargent.  And KU paraphernalia.