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Only Connect

If you are a literary sort or if you took a post secondary English literature course or two, you will know that the title of this blog post is a direct theft from the epigraph of E.M. Forster's novel, Howard's End. Published in 1910, it's a lovely Edwardian novel about class, love and marriage - with a hint of the terribly sad World War I innocence, of a life and a time that was about to be irrecovably shattered. The words "only connect" refer to the novel's message of human connection in terms of class, emotion, intellect and sexuality.

Long Beach, The Grand Canyon and the Interconnectedness of Things

It is now the lazy, hazy, dog days of summer as I write this after returning from a family vacation. During July and August, my teaching schedule tapers off. My husband is a school teacher and now that we have kids in school or about to start school, our vacation time is best taken in the summer. Last year, my husband, my younger brother, our two kids and I stole my parents’ van and visited the Grand Canyon en route to a Star Trek convention in Las Vegas.

Tenth Anniversary of Second Take or Why I Have Not Put Out Another Album In Ten Years

It has been ten years since I released my second album Second Take; I have not put out another album since then nor do I have any foreseeable plans to do so. Why? After all, I consider myself to be a singer/songwriter, don't I? The answer is Life. The last ten years have seen births and deaths and a prolonged losing battle to save a loved one from severe mental illness coupled with drug addiction. When the most important events of one's life occur, there is usually little room for much else.

Laudate Turns Twenty

This weekend (Sat., March 7th), the chamber choir in which I sing, Laudate Singers will perform their twentieth anniversary concert. The choir first started in September 1995, thus making this chamber choir in North Vancouver twenty years old this year. Lars Kaario, the founding and current conductor has commissioned choral works for the choir from the very beginning so most of the pieces will feature past commissions and one current commission along with some of Lars' favourite pieces by John Tavener, Arvo Part and others.

Christmas Time is Here

I love Christmas. Yes, it's very hectic, especially if you're a classically trained singer. This is the one time of the year when female singers can get a decent amount of work. I manage and sing in the Caminando Carolers of course, I sing in the Angelus Singers (another excellent caroling group in Vancouver) and I have my own solo voice and piano act. The Laudate Singers also have some big concerts in December. Yes, I make some extra money at this time of year as a performer and that is nice.

The year begins

It has been a year since the last time I wrote a blog entry. Maybe the explanation for this lack of activity can be found in the previous blog entry appropriately titled "In Praise of Sloth". A better explanation is that I'm a middle aged working mother who never even "surfed" the net until my early twenties and never had a computer with internet access until I was 25. I enjoy technology and its benefits but it is still a somewhat unfamiliar thing for me. I still use a paper day timer and I'm only now about to get a smart phone (iPhone or Android - I can't decide).

In Praise of Sloth

I confess that I am generally a lazy person; probably not a good statement to put on a website that's for professional use. Now, that's not to write that I don't take vocal technique and artistry or performance seriously - I do. I consider it to be almost a moral failing to show up underprepared for a rehearsal or a gig. Bad, diva-esque attitude from anyone at a rehearsal or a gig provokes anger in me. While I tolerate it when students show up for a lesson without having practiced, I certainly don't like it. Wherever I am working, I take some pride in doing a good job.


I love June. I love the fact that it begins with the birthday of my beautiful little boy, Ben. He's now three years old and he continues to amaze me every day with his intelligence and his remarkable sense of empathy. I love the lengthening days and the warming temperatures. The weather can be very unpredictable but if you want little or no distinction between seasons, move to the tropics. I love the fresh vegetables and fruits that are now locally in season. I just finished making the most tasty strawberry jam with fresh local strawberries. Guess what's for Christmas this year?

In Springtime

May is upon us with absolutely beautiful weather. We are enjoying summer-like temperatures after at least three years of very wet springs.

Understanding Beauty

March began with two Laudate concerts called Mass Enlightenment. We performed Missa Assumpta Es de Maria by Palestrina, a compiled mass consisting of movements from a few different masses and Mass for Double Choir by Frank Martin. The first performance was on March 2nd at St. Andrew's United, the second was on March 8th at Holy Rosary Cathedral. This is why my March blog post is late this month. Thank you so much to those of you who attended.

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