What I Did on my Summer Vacation

Actually, the last time I posted (with the exception of the March on Washington post) was Summer 2012. I am referring to Summer 2013.

A lot has happened since then. During the last six months I have been focusing on major life events that have kept me from devoting a lot of time to my jazz singing. I kept up with things, but not as intensely as I have wanted  Here are some highlights:

  • I have continued with Jazz Band Masterclass (JBM). Since last year, there has been a lot of turnover in personnel. Only the bass player, Darwin Codigan, and myself are left from the original group. The current group is really beginning to find its groove. Fred Hughes continues to challenge us to go a little further with the tunes. I am still learning.
  • I performed with three time sat 49 West Coffee Shop and Wine Bar in Annapolis – once in November 2012, ¬†once in June 2013, and once in October, 2013 – with three almost completely different groups. In both instances, I used scatting techniques to perform tunes that were written for horns. I have added a Repertoire page that lists the tunes I have learned.
  • In March, I had the unfortunate experience of learning that water and technology just don’t mix. My MacBook Air became a brick after it encountered water. I now use an iPad as my personal computer. I have updated the Technology section of the Resources page so you can see how I have adapted. And yes, I am anxiously awaiting the announcement of the next iteration of iPad.
  • And as for the major life events, I became a mother-in-law and a grandmother at the end of July, 2013, as my son married a wonderful woman, and adopted her daughter. I had the privilege of singing at the wedding. Life is good.

And so it goes. Expect to see more here in the next few months. I still love to sing jazz, and am looking forward to what lies ahead on this journey.

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