Category Archives: Song

Save the date | JRC cabaret in February

SONGS I WISH MY MOTHER
HAD TAUGHT ME

Tuesday, February 25, 8 p.m.
Tentative venue: the new Blue Strawberry in Central West End

Featuring such songs as

I love a piano
Bye, bye blackbird
Accentuate the positive
September Song
The man I love

and more by
Michel LeGrand, Jerry Herman, Irving Berlin, Morton Lauridsen,
Kander & Ebb, Goldrich & Heisler, and of course P.D.Q. Bach!

This is ticketed event.  Stay tuned for details.

Studio recital

Five students are auditioning this coming weekend for All-District Choir, and several are All-State-worthy, so we had a little studio recital this past weekend.

Two students performed for the first time ever on studio recital, and several made their debut in my studio.

Here are a few photos cribbed from Facebook and text messages:

The One Who Got Away

The One Who Got Away.

I’m a bit sad this week, for The One Who Got Away is getting married today.

I got word from him last week. Of course I’m delighted for him, truly. But regrets inevitably abound.

We had a beautiful year together in Saint Louis, both of us guarding our hearts but failing to build the dikes high enough. Such is love. Such is the cost. Such is loss. Such is life.

I went to visit him nearly three years ago. That week abroad was so wonderful.

And today he marries.

Here’s a song I wrote about him several years ago:

Oh my

This blog entry showed up on Facebook on Sunday, and I was blown away by a most loving description of one of the huge reasons I go to church.

I Go to Sing

Lindy Thompson says

but most of all,
it’s the collective in-breath before the first sound is made,
the collective drawing upon the grace of God,
the collective, if inadvertent, admission
that we are all human,
all fragile,
all in need of the sustaining air, freely dispensed,
all in need of each other to get the key right and not sound discordant –-

it’s the hidden life-celebration
in the act of making a joyful noise,
all together.

Read the whole thing.  Then read it again.

 

Senior recital

My three seniors have now completed their senior recital. Two of them are off to college soon.

Sydney Jones, Jett Blackorby, and Maria Knasel had a good day Sunday.  Our recital featured solo songs, duets, and trios. I’m deeply in awe of these three, and going to miss their banter and fun.

And that same evening I caught two of these students in Footloose at the Muny!