Sunday, December 22, 2013

Thought for the New Year:

Friday, January 25, 2013

Normal Day

Having a vision and working toward it has been a major part of my life. I have been successful in so many ways as a vocalist and also as a choral director and vocal teacher. By keeping my goal uppermost in my minds eye as I go about my day I have achieved a great many things. I am very grateful that I have had the drive, stamina and focus to keep it all going and to support myself doing things I love.

I will continue to follow my passion and make music in a variety of ways...but I've decided that this year my focus needs to be on enjoying being alive and less about a goal I am striving to reach.
Time is whizzing by and I am missing so much that is precious in each day because my eye on the future.

I want to experience what is in front of me right now.

Normal day,
let me be aware of the treasure you are.
Let me learn from you,
love you,
bless you before you depart.
Let me not pass by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.
Let me hold you while I may,
for it may not always be so.
One day I shall dig my nails into the earth,
or bury my face in the pillow,
or stretch myself taut,
or raise my hands to the sky and want,
more than all the world,
your return.

Mary Jean Irion

Friday, October 12, 2012

My Kickstarter project was a success!


Because of the success of my Kickstarter project and the generosity of my fans, friends and family, I have been able to hire a publicist and radio promoter for the first time in my career. Giving a proper birth to my new CD "Don't Wait Too long" just feels so right. The CD is getting airplay around the country and reviews are coming in.

Also, I'll be on KCSM Jazz 91.1 FM, Monday, October 15th at 9:00AM (yikes) on "A Morning Cup of Jazz" with Alisa Clancy: We’ll be talking about my new CD and the upcoming CD Release Concert at Freight and Salvage on Oct. 21:

There is a lot going on and it's all good! Can't wait to see what happens next....

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Kickstarter Fundraising Campaign for my NEW CD!

I am very excited to announce that I am making a NEW CD called Don't Wait Too Long. This has been a labor of love for me and my band and I look forward to having you hear it. I've launched a fundraising campaign on a website called Kickstarter to help pay for the many expenses associated with making the CD.

I have 30 days to raise the funds and I would appreciate your support! Please spread the word. Thank you so much!

CD Release Concert: Sunday, October 21, 8:00PM Freight and Salvage 2020 Addison St. Berkeley, CA 94704

Friday, January 13, 2012

Jefferson Awards

Last year I had the honor of being a 2011 winner of the Jefferson Award for my service to the Bay Area. I have been directing The Anything Goes Chorus for over 30 years and have brought singing to thousands of people, both students and audiences. The Jefferson Awards are a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America. They began in 1972 to create a Nobel Prize for public service and are presented on two levels: national and local. 

Last night I attended the Jefferson Awards Ceremony at Herbst Theater in San Francisco. The octet that I direct, Girlfriendz, sang in the lobby as people arrived and added lovely a cappella singing to the evening. Among the presenters in the ceremony were Kate Kelly and Sharon Chin from CBS Channel 5 and one of the founders, Sam BeardIt was truly an exceptional event. There were movies about the winners and also personal presentations by several of them. Hearing the stories of these wonderful people and seeing them in person was incredibly moving.  It was a thrill for me be on the stage with all 52 of the Bay Area winners (one for each week of the year). I had no idea I would get a medal, and such a lovely one. For me to be in the company of so many ordinary people doing extraordinary things was both humbling and uplifting. It was a wonderful night and it brought a much needed hopeful message to all who attended, and more than compensated for our daily onslaught of dismal news.  

So to all my students: I hope you understand that each one of you is actually making a difference in our community by sharing your voice. Making music, sharing it with each other and bringing it to people---these are powerful and positive forces for good. Thank you for being my students and for letting me lead you in song. I feel blessed that I have this gift to share. I could not do my work without you.

Friday, December 23, 2011

CD News!

I've always wanted to fly and here I am doing just that. 
OK, so I'm only a few feet off the ground. But it counts! 
Speaking of flying...

This year I performed at Freight and Salvage in Berkeley
with my very talented quartet: 
Murray Low, Sam Bevan, Kristen Strom and Dan Foltz. 
We recorded the show and I just finished mixing and mastering. 
The new live recording is called "Don't Wait Too Long" 
and will be released in 2012. 
Stay tuned...I'm very excited!