Category Archives: Excerpt from Book

Jan DeGaetani, July 10, 1933

Oh my. I’ve never been good at birthdays. I gave up a long time ago. My sister makes an annual calendar with photographs; she’s never sent one to me. I’m not mad. I think she knows I’ll forget all the … Continue reading

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Jan DeGaetani and Dance

Hello, Friends, As promised, here’s some work about Jan’s use of dance and movement as a singer and teacher. * I wonder if people remember how committed Jan was to the soundness of her physicality. How upright and easy her … Continue reading

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Jan DeGaetani and Composer Pia Gilbert

First, Friends, an update: I’ve been in my new Mississippi home for three weeks, and I love it. Last night, I sat on my blue porch as the sun set, watching fireflies spark. My dad and I had brought buckets … Continue reading

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Jan DeGaetani Juilliard Student 1951-1955

Friends, Some more work on the Juilliard years: If you encounter a great teacher once in your lifetime, you are one of the blessed. I can count many, many, among them Henry Brant, Norman Lloyd, and from my earliest years, … Continue reading

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Taking Root

Friends, Providence. Chaos. The wherewithal to slow down–stop–listen. No matter. I am here now, and this happening. I’ve been in North Mississippi since March 27. My 86-year-old father has been diagnosed, cut on, and is back home in his cabin … Continue reading

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Excerpt: Shadow, Part Two

Morning, Folks, Here are a couple more sections from my draft-in-progress on Barbara Ann Martin, Jan, and me: 3. Ancient Voices changes a lot of things for a lot of people. Barbara is living in New York and listens to Jan’s … Continue reading

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Cross Roads

So, Friends, here’s some new writing. And by new, I mean just written these past two days, unedited; in fact, too new to know what it is. But. I had a lively chat today with Dr. Marie Rolf at Eastman, … Continue reading

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Bon Mot Radio Show with Rick Agran

Friends, Back in October my friend poet Rick Agran interviewed me on his weekly radio show Bon Mot on WDGR-WDGH radio out of Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. We hung out together for 90 minutes; I read from several pieces of … Continue reading

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Sergius Kagen

Friends, Some story and writing about Sergius Kagen… Sergius Kagen sat at the piano in his Juilliard studio, pipe clenched between teeth, and awaited the arrival of Janice Ruetz. At the end of his repertoire class, she’d asked to speak … 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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