What are these holiday things?

Yesterday was Patriot Day, and of course the Jewish High Holidays are coming up later this month. While most of this month’s big holidays are not necessarily intended as fun-loving days off, they are moments to acknowledge what’s meaningful and profound in our lives.  I hope you’ll get to take advantage (or at least take … Read more

Performers are laborers, too

It’s Labor Day! This is a holiday that is “celebrated”, most often with burgers, hotdogs, sales on patio furniture and beating-the-heat summer fun, but is actually little acknowledged for its true purpose: it was established in the 19th century, to recognize the contributions of workers, and mark an awareness of the simple fact that some … Read more

The good things

This is a big holiday weekend, celebrating one of our nation’s biggest holidays. Independence Day is taking a beating this year, however, as our country is wrapped in controversy and conflict. So, I’m approaching it as a sort of “Thankspendence”. Here are a few good things to be grateful for, regardless of your other views: Music and … Read more

Remembering

In our turbulent political climate, it seems everything lives in conflict — even holidays.  But Memorial Day should be different, as it honors those who have given so much.  For those of us who come from military families, it is a poignant moment of pride (sending love to my cousin Matt!), great big hugs, and … Read more

Counting the days

It’s Easter week, and every day has significance. Friday also marks the start of Passover, so celebrations and rituals abound. Whether your holiday icon of choice is lily, bunny, afikomen or something else, have a great week full of meaning and fun and tradition. Originally published as part of our member newsletter, 4/12/22

A more “normal” Lent?

It’s Mardi Gras / Shrove Tuesday / Carnival time, which really means that Ash Wednesday is tomorrow.  As musicians, Lent often means picking up an extra service or two, singing very different repertoire than the rest of the year, and for the observant, giving things up. That’s the thing about the first supposedly-post-COVID Lenten season:  … Read more

About that love thing…

It’s been an incredibly long day, but I couldn’t let Valentine’s Day slip away without a few words. Beloved or maligned, this holiday stirs up big emotions. Do something this whole week that reminds you how valuable you are, and how much you value the people in your life. Valentine’s Day has become about more … Read more

This guy’s day

In case you’re NOT a fan of weird holidays, Bill Murray movies or large rodents… Today is Groundhog Day. I’ll spare you the requisite history lesson — you can Google it as well as I can. What I really love about this quasi-holiday is the focus on PREDICTION. At various points in our lives, we … Read more

Happy April Fool’s Day!

I thought hard about doing a fake article or other prank today, but aside from the time that I just haven’t had time this week (see below!), the whole concept has had me thinking even harder. After the year we’ve all been through, levity is good. But is fooling each other equally good? Maybe not. … Read more

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