Words from Rainer Maria Rilke

Here is a quote I just rediscovered, which deals with something I mentioned in my radio interview – how I feel life is a process and is not about the result. I love the way it is stated here. It reminds me that life is not a stationary thing, it is always moving and changing and growing:

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and learn to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not seek the answer, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them.”

– Rainer Maria Rilke

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Radio Interview!

I am the “Featured Artist” of the week on International Artist Debut Radio! They have interviewed independent artsits, as well as known artists (such as Thelma Houston, Kristine W, and Amber) – and my interview airs today! I will be the featured artist for a week, but I think my interview will be on their site until the end of the year. Check it out when you get a chance. I believe it is a 30 minute interview. Enjoy!!

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Career Update

First, I MUST say a major THANKS to all of you who have purchased my music! I can’t thank you enough! You are enabling me to record another CD!! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

Just thought I’d write a brief blog on what’s been going on career-wise. Things are happening – I’ve been busy!

I am heavy into recording songs for what will be my second CD! I am working with a different producer, and together we are creating a new sound for this CD. We’ve recorded several songs, and I couldn’t be happier with the results! I am so excited, and am loving the way it is turning out – I can’t wait to finish it!! My hope is to release it early next year – if things go as scheduled. We’ll see!

The improv show “4 Hot Brunettes” was a HUGE success! It was a joy to do, and the audiences loved the show. The theater asked us to extend our engagement, but because of our schedules, we have to postpone additional shows. We do plan on doing more shows in the future. I will post info on my blog and website when I know for sure. And I found out the theater’s shows are podcasted live! If that is the case next run, I’ll post the address as well.

My short film “Lonely Boy”, was had its world premiere today, at the LA Shorts Fest! The audience seemed to genuinely like it! Hopefully there will be more screenings!

And I was interviewed today for International Artist Debut Radio (which has featured artists like Thelma Houston, Kristine W, and many up and coming artists), and will be their featured artist at the end of the month. I will post all the info here and on my website once my interview airs!

So life goes on! In the face of ups, downs, joy, fear, confusion, elation, and exhaustion, it goes on…

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Stevie Wonder and Luciano Pavarotti

Last night I saw Stevie Wonder in concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. What an incredible artist! He is one of the artists whose albums I would play over and OVER as a kid. “Fulfillingness’ First Finale” was a favorite, and “Songs in the Key of Life” is probably one of the most influential albums in my life.

I must say, I was a bit worried before the show that his voice would not be as great as it was when I saw him in concert back in the 1980’s (I’m guessing he is in his sixties now). But his voice was as clear and beautiful as ever! It just proves that if you sing properly, you can have a great voice for years! And what a show! He sang so many of my favorites: “Golden Lady”, “Higher Ground”, “Blame It on the Sun”, “You and I”, “Another Star”, and a GORGEOUS and moving version of “Visions”. It was slow and heartfelt, and simply beautiful. He sang so many of his old songs – “Love’s in Need of Love Today”, “Superstition”, “Isn’t She Lovely”, “I Wish”, “Sir Duke”, “You are the Sunshine of My Life”, “My Cherie Amour”, “Lately”, “Ribbon in the Sky” and so many more! He even sang “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” followed by a country version of it!! He was so free with his vocal delivery – singing and playing around and having a joyous time. It was infectious.

Beyond the vocals and unbelievable songwriting, I’d forgotten what an incredible musician he is. His piano playing is impeccable, and when he played the harmonica, it sent chills down my spine. I’m not really wanting to do concert reviews here, but I feel I must jot down some of what I experienced last night so I can read it in the future and remember it. What a blessing to be graced by such genius.

And then on the opposite scale of emotion, how sad and shocking to learn of Luciano Pavarotti’s death when I got home. As my vocal teacher said this morning, it will probably be a hundred years before we have another voice like his. Aside from the loss, it is so wonderful there are so many great artists in the world. Each one has a uniqueness that taps into a greater human experience. And we are so lucky we have the technology to capture their gifts forever – so we can relive that experience again and again.

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