Monthly Archives: March 2012

One More Interesting Item

Awhile back I posted one of Patricia Cota-Robles’s  find. It was a stunningly beautiful film by Lee Harris, of Lee Harris energy.

Joie Jacobsen reminded me to read his blog for March. I found all of his entries for each month that he has done it to be very interesting.

I personally don’t much care if I hear about what’s energetically going on in March, or any month for that matter, in the beginning, middle or end of the month. So here is the link for you to find out what he’s got to say to you.

One of the messages that really called out to me was about March being a month to really support and nurture my body. Check this out if you’d like and see what calls to you.


Revised is Launched As Spring Bursts Early

Hi Everyone,

I am delighted to announce that all of the revisions to my website have been completed by me and my wonderful website designer and webmaster Mark  Ledbetter

This is just in time as Spring has come bursting to Central Park and the streets of Manhattan early this year. Three weeks ago I shared the first glimpses of the new growth in Central Park.

Today I was truly enchanted as I tried to visually capture  a spectacular day of Mother earth in all the glory of her woody spring energy pushing up growth and beauty everywhere.

I hope that you enjoy this slideshow as much as I did viewing the real thing. Aside from seeing my beloved forsythia, daffodils, cherry blossom and magnolia blooms, I was blessed with getting two pictures of a gorgeous, fabulously feathered bird. This is the first time I have ever seen such an unusual bird in the park.

If anyone knows what that beautiful creature is called I’d love to know it!

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Music and the Joy of Play

Last week was yet another sensational week of nurturing myself with outstanding musical performances.

When I reflected upon what made these  performance so special to me I realized something very simple that often seems to be ignored by music critics and especially by those interested in classical orchestral or chamber music.

The essence of music is play. It is about the play and interplay of instruments and  artists that is part  of the non-verbal communications and conversations.

Play implies fun, creativity, freedom of expression, spontaneity, joy and pleasure.

The abundance of this quality is what distinguished both of my experiences last week. You can tell a musician is having fun because they smile when they play their instrument and look at the other players.

The first event was a jazz set that took place at The Jazz Standard, I had never heard master tenor saxophonist Houston Person or pianist John Di Martino or the bass player Ray Drummond play before. The fourth of the quartet was my favorite drummer Lewis Nash.

The outstanding expertise of each musician was intensified by the musical banter between them all. They didn’t just converse -they played and the joy and fun that they expressed felt like a really great party and celebration was happening.

There  was a riot of fun and afterwards when I spoke to Drummond and Nash each pointed to other saying that the other was the “instigator”.

Later that weekend I attended an all piano concert given by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tulley Hall.  Here is the music they played and the artists are pictured below.

Meet the Artists

Wu Han

Wu Han

Each pair of artists were clearly delighted by their collaboration with each other. It didn’t matter whether they played on two pianos or one, and no combination of partners was unbalanced with the performances of other pairings.

As each piece was completed the artists hugged each other, were laughing and left the stage engaged in conversation with the other.

The fun they each had was contagious to all present.

At the completion of both the jazz set and the chamber music concert a rare event happened.

It is highly unusual in recent times for performers to give encores.

At the jazz venue, another full piece was performed , to the surprise and joy of the the audience and the  four pianists sat together at one piano and played an eight handed piece.

What fun!!!!! Lucky, lucky me!