Category Archives: Quotes

Jan DeGaetani and Houlka, MS

I’ve got a lot on my mind, Friends. I have friends who marched in Washington yesterday for the environment. One tells me today she is beleaguered by all she heard on the streets. It’s bad. To be in Washington now … Continue reading

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Jan DeGaetani: 4 Days in May

Back in November, during my third visit to the beautiful home she once shared with Phil West on the Hudson, Carole Cowan and I found more treasure in the attic.  After all these years, I’d hoped there was more to … 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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Mentor

Hello, Friends, I’m working on the years Jan studied at Juilliard from 1951-1955. For those of us lucky enough to have studied with Jan, we know the names of her beloved early teachers, men she often spoke of and wrote about … 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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New Year and Still Walking

2016 went out with clinking glasses, a lot of hugging, and me, suddenly weeping into my dear dad’s neck as he gently patted my back. I didn’t expect this sudden rush of emotions, anger–and then sorrow. We were playing Rummikub, … Continue reading

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An Introduction (Stay with me…)

Thea Kronborg, Willa Cather’s opera diva in the novel The Song of the Lark travels the world from her small Colorado town to Chicago, New York, Dresden. At one point, Thea finds herself in the desert of the American Southwest … Continue reading

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