Happy Fall everyone.
This is the time of year when I look around and analyze things…my life, my friends and family…( I’m happy with all ); and most especially to give thanks…. ( I think it must be the weather).
I also want to thank each of you for your support and for the tree “happening” that occurred last month. How good it feels to put something positive out there and have others “catch the flame” and pay it forward. We all participated in this and everyone thought it was pretty cool.
My new album is coming along nicely…. its in the final stages of being complete but we do not have a release date as yet. It is still tentatively titled “Smile of A Woman”
I will be doing a live interview with Author C. C. Cowan out of New York City: The date is November 27th (the day before Thanksgiving) and airs at 7:20 Eastern Standard Time. C. C. Cowan is doing an all month special segment called, “SO AMAZING: A Celebration of the Love Balladeers,” and I will be one of the featured artists. Check out the site (click the pic to the left) for further particulars and for the call in number.
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In this season of reflection I realize I’ve actually learned a lot about myself as I’ve encouraged my children to follow their own purpose, never comparing themselves to others or attempting to duplicate what others do. Each must make their own unique contribution. I’ve followed my own path and attempt to continue that every day. It’s not an easy discipline…… I would even go so far as to say that one of the problems I see in modern society is that we’ve become a nation of followers and I would encourage any parents out there to try and foster uniqueness and independence in their offspring.
Be yourself…enjoy what you do… put your heart into it… and as Emerson says: “Tend to that plot of land which has been given you to till”……
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Before heading back in the studio I’d like to leave you with the following:
……from Neil Gaiman, “Fragile Things”
“There are so many fragile things, after all, people break so easily, and so do dreams and hearts. It occurs to me that the peculiarity of most things we think of as fragile- is how tough they truly are…the beat of the wings of a butterfly in the right place, we are told, can create a hurricane across an ocean. Hearts may break, but hearts are the toughest of muscles, able to pump for a lifetime, seventy times a minute, and scarcely falter along the way. Even dreams, the most delicate and intangible of things, can prove remarkably difficult to kill:
P.S. The photo at the top was taken about a month ago at the Museum of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco where I meandered among the fine art of Renoir, Degas, Monet, Cezanne, Matisse etc… (I love the impressionists). The museum is in a building among the trees near the ocean and I always feel so relaxed when I’m around such beautiful art because I feel I’m among kindred spirits who take a look at the world and interpret what they see…
As always I am,