Secret History of Paris

I love Paris. I love the song by that title (singing it as well as listening to it), and I love the city, even when it drizzles.  One morning, a few weeks ago, as I was listening to The Bowery Boys: New York City History podcast, which I wrote about last month, I thought that […]

The Bowery Boys

On a recent Saturday morning, I logged onto Zoom for a group session with other writers. I love connecting with this group and talking about whatever grabs our attention. That morning I mentioned I needed a new podcast to sink my teeth into. One participant suggested I listen to The Bowery Boys: New York City History.  […]

I’ll Be Seeing You

“What would life be like if you didn’t see magic?” asked Rickie Lee Jones*  Magic in life. Magic in music. That’s what I’ve always heard in her music. I heard Rickie Lee Jones’s rendition of  “I’ll Be Seeing You” on the Pop Popalbum (1991) and was struck by the Spanish guitar and bowed bass introduction. Melancholic […]

So Nice to Come Home to

This past year, I decided it was time to start something I’ve wanted to do for years—learn to sing. My instructor runs a school for jazz musicians, so we explore singing one jazz song at a time. I study each song in depth, from its musical composition to the nuances of its underlying story. Nuances […]