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Happy 2013!

My oh my. The last blog post was in October and it is now three months later on New Year's Day. I had many gigs in the last three months. My new year's resolution for 2012 was to post twice per month. Forget the resolutions this time; it's not like we ever stick to them anyway.

Giving Thanks

Fall is now underway - sort of. Here on the normally Wet Coast, we are currently experiencing the driest and warmest fall on record. While I do enjoy being able to still wear skirts without stockings and shorts, I realize that it's pretty clear that climate change is real and it is serious. The nice weather does bring a delicious bounty of fruit though and so thanks to my parents' apple trees, I will be making apple sauce, apple cobbler and apple juice over the next week or two.

September Song

September is here or also known as the other New Year. Since my husband and I are both teachers, September is when our new routines emerge and we get settled into respective jobs. This September, that is especially true since our oldest is starting kindergarten.

Marriage

Summer is more than halfway over now that we are a week and a half into August. Two months is really not very long and yet summer seemed like an eternity when we were kids. I love the warmth of the air, the continuous bounty of fresh fruit and the break from the routine of the rest of the year.

Be kind

The warm month of July is now upon us and with the summer comes very little teaching and gigging. That is to be expected in the worlds of music education and classical music performance. After all, everyone needs a vacation sometime and the summer is the time to do it. For this blog, I'm going to write and ramble about various things so please pardon a rather non music and news related blog.

Moving Backward

After a busy month of gigs and end of term recitals in May, June is winding down in terms of gigs and teaching. I'm also taking part of June off which is why I haven't scheduled very much. Instead, I'm going to get reacquainted with family and old friends in the form of my 20th high school reunion (yes kids, I'm nearly 38 years old) and spend some quality time with my family.

May began with a lovely morning gig with flautist Tanya Kliefoth and clarinetist Ross Curran at the Rhodo Fest at the Shadbolt Centre. Nothing like Schubert and Renaissance madrigals first thing in the morning.

Now is the Month of Maying

Okay kids, you get a free voice lesson if you get the title of this blog entry. There is nothing more geeky than a group of classical musicians. We make Trekkies look like cool hipsters. Oh well.

In Between

There are no gigs for April but after a busy March and the two gigs I'll have in May, I'm happy for the lull. I was also subbing for an alto section leader at St. James Anglican church in the lead up to Holy Week. All in all, I had some very enjoyable musical experiences with the Laudate Singers, the Vancouver Inter-cultural Orchestra and with the St. James Anglican Church choir.

In like a lion, out like a lamb

When referring to the unpredictable weather in March, especially on the West Coast of British Columbia, the phrase is "In like a lion, out like a lamb" is often used. This certainly applies to my musical life this month. The Laudate Singers have three concerts this month. The first two are Organic Voices on Sat., March 10th at 8:00 pm at St. Andrew's United in North Vancouver and on Fri., March 23rd at 8:00 pm at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver.

The ordinary becomes extraordinary

An ordinary day sometimes becomes extraordinary. On Monday, January 23, I got a phone call from a dear friend of mine to say that his wife had suddenly collapsed, had no pulse and wasn't breathing. He did CPR on her and after nearly two weeks in ICU, she's recovering and is able to sit up on the edge of the bed for short periods of time. On that Monday, she was gone from this world for 10 minutes until the paramedics arrived and restarted her heart. If her husband had not done CPR, she would not be alive.

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