Updated: Aug 6

Ever since San Francisco's first shelter-in-place order back in March, an underscoring of new & old recordings has formed around my altered existence. More than just new music occupying my piano or CD player (yes, I still have one and use it actively), this short but meaningful list of music has been on constant repeat in my apartment, either through my sound system or through my fingers and sometimes both. I'm sure at some point in the near future some of this music will make an appearance in my own videos and/or recordings but for now this soundtrack is like a separate private world that has provided an emotional path through this surreal journey at a time when the shock of it all has hi-jacked my ability to provide that for myself with my own music. I can't describe the depth of my gratitude to these artists...


Daymé Arocena, Sonocardiogram - I've posted about her and this album before covid took hold of everything. She was already inspiring me during the Christmas holidays, and that energy was still propelling me forward when the city shut down. It keeps me strong!


Diego Guerrero, Vengo Caminando - I saw this exceptional guitarist/vocalist live last year at the Jazz Dock in Prague and his CD has been playing nonstop on all of my devices ever since. Full of passion, it has also been keeping me strong (for quite some time now) and reminds me of the sun & happiness...



Joe Sample, Sample This - This album I've been listening to for a few decades but resonates all over again right now. Those deep, deep grooves are making me feel loved and connected (as all deep grooves do!) ...



Roy Hargrove, Of Kindred Souls - Somehow both modern and traditional, this recording keeps me tuned to the "quintet" frequency and does not let me get lost in solitude. I very much miss my quintet...



Sullivan Fourtner & Kyle Athayde, Tea For Two - This masterful recording has reminded me of the beauty and power of delicacy. Like the Hargrove recording, it's both modern and traditional but extends the spectrum from really traditional all the way to really modern. It has opened up my ears and unlocked new creative doors.


Pat Metheny, From This Place - of all the recordings listed here, this is the one that resonated exactly with where I'm at with our current state of affairs. It's enough to say that after a few tracks in to my first listening, I started to cry, which probably all of us have wanted or needed to do lately. This recording reattached my thinking brain to my heart and now I can write music again...



Maurice Ravel, Valses Nobles et Sentimentales - Although this is not a recording, I've been playing it relentlessly since March and it is every bit a part of this experience as all of the other music I've mentioned. I performed this set of waltzes in my late teens and the lack of gigs made returning to them finally possible. The exquisite harmony keeps me playing and studying them, over and over.



Updated: Aug 5

The Global Fusion concert that I had been preparing for over the past several months finally took place this past weekend and it's hard to find the exact words to describe how grateful I am to Kala Ramnath for inviting me to play her masterful compositions, along with nine other talented women musicians and an outstanding dancer - ten of us total! We came from all over the globe and met for this extraordinary weekend under the production management of Vinod Raghavan at Tambourine Live to present a concert of Kala's music with the theme "harmony in diversity." We were the first all-female ensemble featured for this annual event held in Dubai and it was truly inspiring to receive the enthusiastic feedback from the audience and staff, who were genuinely excited about our performance. More than once I heard the comment that it was electrifying to see so many strong and talented women on stage together. I am so glad and so proud to have been a part of it! Music is powerful!





And now we've reached the last day of Christmas, a day traditionally celebrated with a King's cake. Instead, I had lunch with a good friend at an Indian restaurant where we topped off the meal with carrot halwa - certainly a meal and dessert fit for a king lol!


So in honor of the twelfth day, I made this short clip of Kala Ramnath's composition "Long Drive Home." When I notated it, I put it in 12/8, which is one of the many reasons it's the perfect piece to share right now. To me, it's a song filled with warmth, comfort, peace and love - in short everything we associate with home and with the holidays. We'll be playing this one in Dubai in a little over a week and I'm sure we will have this feeling when we board the return flight...in the meantime, thank you for being with me throughout the holidays this year and I hope we will meet up in the months to come. Peace!




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