Monthly Archives: December 2016

Friday Roundup

Friends: Another swift week! Sunday is the beginning of a new year. Everything inside me tells me this is going to be a good year. I hope for you, too. Read my post of Dec 29 on navigating my recent … Continue reading

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We Walked the dogs at Wagon Hill

Friends: It’s been a lovely week or so of much travel, family, spirit, presents, and too many carbs. I flew from Washington DC to Boston on the 20th to spend Christmas with Brian and Sam in Dover, NH, the home … Continue reading

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Friday Roundup

Dear Friends, This was a short week for me, because of travel and the holidays. Two posts to review for this week, both about my interview with Eastman and Stony Brook grad Peggy Kampmeier, pianist. Tuesday:   Peggy Kampmeier, Part One … Continue reading

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Peggy Kampmeier, Part Two

So, Friends, here’s what I wrote after spending that precious time in September 2015 talking with Peggy about Jan and Gil and chamber music. At one point, because I had asked a question, Peggy jumped up, grabbed headphones for us both, … Continue reading

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Peggy Kampmeier, Part One

Often, it’s said under the breath. The statement made, but apologetically, sheepishly. You, know, it wasn’t the biggest voice. It wasn’t the most beautiful voice. This also happens during interviews if a story rises that could represent Jan in a … Continue reading

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Friday Roundup

Hello, Folks, Here’s the roundup for this week (and notice my new use of hyperlinks to make it easier for you!): Sunday: Love Tuesday: The Ear and the Imagination Thursday: To Straighten a River, an excerpt Please let me know what you think … Continue reading

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To Straighten a River, an excerpt

Dear Friends, Below read some passages from an early draft of Part One of the book based on interviews with Jan’s sister Vera McKenna and Phil West in 2003 and my research in Massillon, Ohio in May 2015.   Part … Continue reading

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The Ear and the Imagination

Friends, Recently, a professional musician friend shared with me an unusual medical condition he has been enduring for more than a year now. I won’t be able to tell you the official name of this, but essentially, he has a … Continue reading

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Friends, I’ve been thinking about love. Jan’s pure love for, of music. That she was born to sing is undeniable. In an interview Kristen Bowers did more than ten years ago with Jan’s only remaining sister (at the time, this … Continue reading

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Hello, Folks, I’m in Virginia visiting my younger sister and her family. Here’s the roundup for the week: Sunday:  Mother. About my mother’s travels and my present journey. Tuesday:  Ms. DeGaetani. About my visit with Baritone John Kramar, former Jan … Continue reading

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