For those who’ve served

Veterans Day is about service, and in a very specific way. But that service looks very different from person to person, because every experience, every deployment, every war, every locale, every job is a different bundle of things that make each story unique. This year, try to connect with at least one person who has … Read more

Mood music

Tunes turn decidedly moody this time of year, whether it’s spookiness for Halloween, requiems for All Saints’ Day, honoring the departed on Dia de los Muertos, or the mental shift that comes with shorter days when the time changes. (Don’t worry — that’s next week, but it’s already getting darker!) There are so many good things … Read more

Ninth and Washington

It’s not an address, but it is an intersection. It’s the balls-out season opener from LA Chamber Orchestra, in which artistic director Jaime Martín pairs Beethoven’s beloved Symphony No. 9 (“Choral”), with the West Coast premiere of Both, a newly commissioned orchestral work by enigmatic composer Shelley Washington. It is Washington’s own life’s duality that … Read more

Pumpkins optional

As the world suddenly fills up with pumpkin spice everything, apple pies, and people who are already decorating for Halloween, it may seem like the only thing autumnal about SoCal right now is the flavors and air fresheners we choose. But looking at the events calendar, we see another story: we’re already seeing grand opera, … Read more

Podcast: Jumping In Too Soon

In this editorial episode of The Singerpreneur Podcast, Lauri talks about launching that very podcast more than a year before she was really ready, and shares at least six valuable lessons in timing and creativity that were gleaned from that experience. Now that the podcast is moving and we’re posting regularly, please do let us … Read more

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

Havin’ a heat wave

To state the obvious… It’s hot! …and it’ll only get hotter over the weekend. Labor Day marks the unofficial beginning of “the season”, and this year’s furnacelike reminder of climate change will launch us into our artistic new year with a bang or a whimper. (You do have some say in which it is, btw.) … Read more

Different newness

There isn’t much on the calendar yet, but we all know that the big wave of fall events is coming. Staring into the vastness that is a brand-new season can be invigorating, mystifying… and overwhelming. This year marks the first full season post-COVID, and while presenters are dipping their toes into the water with hope … 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

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