Curtain Call

We stand alert and waiting, muscles tight, Our eyes burn, focused on the stand like rays of sunlight, magnified and bright As Maestro takes the stage, baton in hand. A thousand hours since I first began rehearsing brilliant music, t’was my choice, A single “sop’ performing with this clan Always the goal; to help with […]

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A Musician’s Notebook: Making a Rainbow

This is a beautiful and special place. Each summer, a prep school campus of rolling, green hills, clear mountain air, and rippling streams, nestled at the foot of Mt. Everett in Sheffield Massachusetts, becomes a backdrop to artistic achievement and expression. Although I’ve been participating since 1991, I still marvel at the unique experience that is […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters

This series of photographs is posted in response to the prompt “letters“. Upon first glance, these two photos, are a welcome banner and a logo on a cap.  For me, though, when I look at these photos,  I am instantly transported to the mountains of Sheffield Massachusetts, where each summer I participate in joyous music […]

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Silent Eloquence

Looking out over the expanse of neatly arranged chairs, that in a few hours will be teeming with concert-goers, the stark contrast is clear. This anticipatory lull is prelude to a great crescendo of excitement. It’s as if calm before the storm; the lows needed to appreciate the highs; the darkness to welcome the light […]

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The Piano Lesson

He sits atop the oversized piano bench, feet dangling, sidling off the edge to press the pedals. He, like his Dad before him, craves the music; is intoxicated by the idea that he can make music; by the notion that he can push a few ivory keys and be moved by the sound he makes. […]

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The Sound of Silence (Vienna; May 7, 1824)

****************** Suddenly, I’ve stopped tumbling through time. Suddenly, I’m witness to his silent moment of triumph. Suddenly, I see, that he hears only through pulsing stringed vibrations and deafened, thundering applause. Suddenly, I weep. ******* This weekend, we want you to give us a 33-word time travel story. We don’t usually tell you what to […]

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Villanelle: Maysong

Their song arises to celestial realms bubbling o’er the cliff in coiling curls As hawk’s wings soar and float atop the elms. and top tall branches in the clouds entwined as ring by ring, the puffs of song unfurl Their song arises to celestial realms. at first a whispered moan, perhaps a whine ’til air […]

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On Miracles

🎵🎵🎵 The same old butterflies returned to her stomach and her pulse quickened with uncertainty, as she turned into the familiar road that led to her mountain retreat. Her friends and acquaintances from prior years had opted for other weeks, other programs, other Directors. But she outsmarted herself by insisting that she wanted to stretch […]

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Dona Nobis Pacem

🌾🌾🌾 🌾🌾🌾 Whitman, Poet penning poems: War poems Williams, Composer setting words to music: Dona Nobis Pacem. Artistic genius, both united inevitably in performance. I sing through tears, their requiem for fallen Father and Son. 🌾🌾🌾 Trifecta Challenge Week 75: a thirty-three word “free-write” about anything. Walt Whitman (American poet, essayist, humanist and journalist) wrote […]

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Illuminating Irony

Re-enacted religiously since that night, Remembering with sensual clarity the first time: Crystal chandelier ascending; upward, inward, slowly but seemingly inexorably, Stunningly skyward. Grand Tier light extinguished As smaller orbs, in spoke-like formation Follow, like ducklings waddling after mama mallard. Lights go down when lights go up: Irony, simplicity, harmony 🎇🎇🎇 Trifect Writing Challenge: LIGHT […]

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Photo Friday: Artificial Light… “Oh, What a Night!”

This week’s Photo Friday challenge prompt is “Artificial Light”. I chose this photo, taken at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, on the evening we went to see Franki Valli in concert. Except for the use of a “Brushed” filter (in keeping with the ‘Artificial Light’ theme) and my watermark signature, this photo […]

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