Music: What the World Needs Now.

Music made it better. Friends since preschool.

Post Band Concert:  Music made it better. Friends since preschool.  Circa 2014.

Something is burning inside of me. I bet something is burning inside of you too. Crazy, crazy acts in our country and around the globe are making us feel as though we are living multiple decades all at once: wars, riots, twisted politics, discrimination. Times I only knew through school or movies and made me think, “Wow. I’m so glad I wasn’t around for that stuff or was too young to know.” In 2016, my high school textbooks have come to a fiery life and then some.

 

I wanna do something. I wanna do something that matters. I was inspired to write. With every shooting or hateful verbal jab I was sinking lower and lower. Being face to face with evil leaves a hole in your heart and an ache in your gut; I know a little bit about that unfortunately. How can people act this way and think it’s ok?

 

Ironically, it wasn’t the negative stuff that triggered a response, but a positive event: a small musical concert. My friend and host of the event, opened the evening with this quote:

 

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”- Berthold Auerbach

 

Her guest and my friend: Laura Zucker, a local singer-song writer and guitar teacher for my younger son. Laura told us to put away the headlines, newspapers, social media and enjoy the night. She strummed her guitar and sang with her back-up singer, fiddle-player Julia. Her songs of hope, love, faith and peace resonated with me.  Even Hubby, the non-fan of folk music, loved the messages. Break through! He might like my 70s music yet!

The STAR!

The STAR!

I didn’t know it, but I was covered in dust that night.  By the end of the evening, the dust disappeared. Both Hubby and I were happy-go-lucky as we walked to our car after the concert. It was like washing the windows of your house: you didn’t know it was bad until it was good. I woke up the next morning the same way: clean, fresh and happy.

 

So then I got to thinking about fixing the big messes? I don’t know what to do long term. I wish I did and so do a lot of people.   I started thinking about the concert again and how much it reminded me of the music in my early teens.  Laura’s music and the 70s have lyrics I can understand, as in “I can hear the words.” Unless you owned the album with printed lyrics, a lot of song were a big fat guess.  Anyone think the

 

In elementary school we sang songs that instilled peace and harmony around the world, echoing those very words: Let There Be Peace On Earth and I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing—in perfect harmony. Hearing those songs made me want to sing like all those bohemian dressed people standing on a hill holding a bottle of Coke in the TV commercial.

 

Can we try that approach again? Can we teach the whole world to sing so our hearts will burst with love and happiness? Can our planet be dust free and shiny clean? Something big has got to change our hearts!

Sitting together, 5 days a week since 6th grade.

Sitting together, 5 days a week 6th-12th grade.  Nobody does that in any other class.

My kids see social boundaries melt in music class: concert band and chamber singers.  Both boys developed incredibly strong ties because with music, whatever your persona, isn’t important.  Football player, swimmer, scientist, those cliques are shed, a little like the movie The Breakfast Club.  The environment is loving and safe.  Imagine if the whole world could be one giant music class, differences set aside to make a great song, together.

 

My lovely friend Laura from the concert, shared a gift of music to share with you.  Hard to Let Go is a about letting go of judgements and grievances. And what better way to get right to the heart of the matter, than through music.

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Italy Highlights 2016

Hubby says I stopped it from leaning in my photo.

For two weeks, my family traveled across Italy experiencing to-die-for wine and food, breathtaking views, impressive architecture and art, and a people so friendly we wanted to convert. ROME We started in Rome/Pompei. Hired guides educated us on the Vatican and Roman sights. Our heads were stuffed with historical facts, enough to last a lifetime….

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Pope Francis at Vatican City and Me

Dang! Hubby is good!

At last, I finally got to see my favorite celebrity in person: Pope Fran! He was on his own turf, right in Vatican City. I wish I could say we sat down with a nice cappuccino. Instead, it was just myself, my family and 30K other crazy Pope Fran fans from all over the world.  …

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New Stress Release: Coloring Books

collection of coloring books

“I feel like a kid again,” says anyone doing something they haven’t done in years. Eating cotton candy, riding a skateboard, watching the movie Cinderella. There is something about doing “kid” things that brings back fond memories of a worry-free life. Playing games with your kids or watching a Disney movie gives you permission to…

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Girlfriends Are The Best!

Our first night in SF

You know those moments when you think, “Wow! I have the best girlfriends!” Sometimes I’m driving in my car thinking about how a friend who solved a problem for me. Or I might think about an acquaintance who gave me the low-down for writing a book and becomes my friend.  Girlfriends are the best in so many…

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I Wanna Be A Millennial

Hipster ideas form here.

Millennials are cool. I want to be one, based on the two I met. I can also say I had a parenting epiphany at the same time. We can learn a lot from these hipsters.   I connected with two very bright ladies through my high school friend, an exchange student from Sweden from way…

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The Easter Bunny Lives

small easter picture

    And that’s the way it was fourteen years ago. A two-year-old was in a face-off with the Easter Bunny, unsure of this tall furry creature in the park. Dozens of chubby-legged preschoolers dragged their brimming baskets from egg to egg, delighting in every pastel find. Candy-filled eggs with melting chocolate and jelly beans…

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2016 Election: Vote for the Hair!

Which one is your favorite?

Regardless of your choice of candidates, most people would agree the 2016 Presidential Election is unprecedented. The frontrunners defied all odds. The lack of political experience improved a candidate’s chances. Usually, discriminatory or inflammatory remarks would sink a candidate, but not this race. Young people are making a huge difference. As long as we are…

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PSA: Don’t Buy Cheap Mascara.

Don't be a Courtney.  Pat Benatar is on Trend.  80s are so NOW!

Don’t buy cheap mascara. If you do, you could look like Courtney Love from her 1993 album cover Live Through This, as pictured above. I was Courtney for Halloween one year. I did it up with an empty pill bottle in my pocket, tiarra,  smeared red lipstick and black eyes.  I bought some SUPER LASH mascara in a…

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“Moms ARE the GREATEST!”

My Corner Office.

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