Did you think I forgot you? Wow! So my first excuse for being out of touch was a concussion! I had a ski accident the first week of March up at Pats Peak in New Hampshire! But before I get into that… here are some exciting things coming up and highlights from the past 6 months!
I have been hired to teach my Vocal Training for Praise Singers Workshop curriculum in Berlin, Germany on September 1st! While we are there we will perform in Berlin at an outdoor festive event and prayerfully play also in the Munich, Germany area or in Austria! Some of you might remember I had a hit on Austrian radio in the 90’s with my “Coffee Song” off the “Grace with Jazz on Top” album! I am also very excited to see Berlin without the Wall! Yes, I know it came down years ago, but the stark difference between life in West Berlin and the Communist East Berlin of my youth made a big impression on me when I visited there as a child and later a teen. Yeah- this is me with my Lebkuchen Heart Cookie! I also had a “Schultutti”! It’s a fun tradition in Germany where you get this huge cone of candy when you enter first grade! I also spent a year in Munich as a Rotary exchange student after high school. Great program!
July 22,23 I sang on stage with choirs and praise teams at the Duncan Donuts Arena in Providence, RI at the Thrive conference! What a blast that was!
And since I love to write custom songs… I also wrote a song for the teens to sing on the Thrive theme! They sang it both at my student recital and at church one Sunday. the song is called “We Will Thrive” and here is one of the Youtube versions:
They played local parties and even went on tour in Morocco! I looked up to her so much when I was a young girl wanting to sing for my living. It was so great to see her! It was so special to honor my Mom this way!
We sang “Love is Wild” from our Let My Light Shine CD which was written fro Mom and Charlie’s wedding years ago and “It’s Time To Call Mom” which I wrote for Mom and a bunch of jazz standards and…
Here’s a snippet of our concert! This was a piece of “COFFEE SONG” Live!
And of course whenever I am in town you can catch me at the Butler Middle School in Lowell, MA singing for the Lord on Sunday mornings at 10am! The next band Sunday is expected to be August 19th!
Other Catch UP NEWS:
This Winter/Spring, despite the concussion, I still got to sing some fun events!
February 24th, Ralph and I played a love song I wrote for him, “I Still Do” at a marriage retreat in Portsmouth, NH. It will definitely be on the next album! Here’s a clip:
Me and the kids also sang on the “All About Jesus” TV show… It’s so cool singing with my twins!
All the while I was trying to rest as much as possible to recover! So I have not booked many new shows… LIFLIGHT, Moon Glow, Julie Jazz, Julie & Johnny will all hopefully be making more appearances in the coming months! I guess God gave me enough to do!
And we are hoping the new recording studio will be opening in the fall, too!
OK- Here is how it all began:
My husband Ralph and I were having a rare date- night skiing! I went over a modest jump (I have been skiing all my life- though I have had some long breaks in between, but I’d never done jumps!), landed wrong, spun around and hit my head really hard on the ice! I felt my brain slosh around in my head! I knew that wasn’t good! Somehow we skied the rest of the way down and made it to the first aid station before I was too dizzy to function. I have been at various levels of recovery over the last few months. It has been slow- frustratingly so! But I am MUCH better now and can use my computer for a while without getting a horrible head ache and want to throw up! So hear I am, writing again to you! And NO, I wasn’t wearing a helmet. We bought one for next season!
If there is anything I have learned from all this (aside from “wear a helmet!”), it is that you can’t rush healing. For months I have had to slow down in my teaching and booking shows, take naps and trust God that he will heal me in His time. and meanwhile I have gotten totally hooked on audio books!
“Wait for the Lord; Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”- Psalm 27:14
So I am doing MUCH better! And I am booking shows for this fall and winter and scheduling private lessons and hopefully more workshops like the one in Germany! Please don’t be a stranger!