Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Grammys Recap, Another Audition and Onward!

Good Morning, All!
While it may not be morning where and when you are reading this, it is morning while I write this, and it is morning somewhere, so good morning to you!
I was up early to catch a glimpse of the super blue blood moon, although I did NOT take a photo of it. There are plenty of professional photographers who are posting photos of that all over the internet, so have a fun time finding one of those. I saw it in person and it was beautiful!
I did manage to snap a photo of the deep blue sky on my way back to the house, though.
Last night, I spared myself the grief of watching the sociopath in chief and spent the night with my love, surrounded by friends and music, celebrating Larry the Hat's 70th birthday. In case you haven't heard, 70 is the new 50, and since 50 is the new 30, age is just a number. Speaking of age being just a number, and figuring Meryl Streep was in the movie, this past Monday night I stepped out of my comfort zone in to the unknown and tried our for the Mountain Play's production of "Mamma Mia." It's a paid gig!

Arne helped me practice singing without a mic by providing piano accompaniment, so this was a pretty painless audition unless you count the dance part. THAT was painful. I'm guessing it was as painful to watch as it was for me crawling into bed that night! I could tell some of my fellow auditioneers had the benefit of a lifetime of dance lessons. In my mind's eye, I kept seeing myself as a kid, begging for dance lessons, not understanding why my sister had them but I could not. And the teasing about me being a klutz. I think that is at least part of the reason I learned and then taught the Thriller dance, to conquer those old bullying demons. But I digress.

Short story is, I did not get a call back, which is probably for the best. We just released "Livin' Like Kings: Rough Tracks" and need to book some gigs and we are already working on the next album.

Also I have a couple of job interviews this week. One I have my heart set on, but I am not getting my hopes up, despite the fact that I think it is a great fit for my skill set and aligns with my heart. Yes, it is somewhat music related.

I don't have much to say about the Grammys except I am happy for all who were nominated and/or won, although I do wish they would go back to the shows before they felt the need to compete with the AMAs and Billboard awards. I think we all could benefit from a jazz and/or a classical performance. And why not blues? Why were we subjected to bad comedy skits? I did think the spoken word bit was funny, but would have gladly substituted Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo for that subway car mess.

Sending love and light.
Let's all just do our best to bring beauty and kindness into the world.

ox,
Mari




Larry the Hat!

All the local luminaries were there!
Paul Liberatore and Eric Christensen

We got there early for best seating and to listen to sound check. 



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