The Unluckiest Moment

Some might have said it was an unlucky end to her illustrious career. A grand dame of the Bel Canto repertoire forced to exit the international stage prematurely for health reasons. But she knew, if anything, that the situation was quite the reverse. She’d enjoyed her many years in the spotlight and now it was time to … More The Unluckiest Moment

The Fabric of Music

Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo Music has always been a part of our family fabric. From the ancestors who played in the brass bands of northern Michigan in the 1800s to my grandfather who played a multitude of instruments in his living room, to my grandmother who warbled like a bird while painting portraits of … More The Fabric of Music

A New Life

Clearing land, you know, it never ends. My land, and then Henry’s down the road. Hard work. Real hard. We came here with our families, see. From the ol’ country. Across the pond in one of them big vessels packed with other hopefuls looking for a new life. We left everything behind that wouldn’t pack … More A New Life

A String of Pearls

“What are you listening to?” Sara, my teenage niece, waltzes into my living room like she owns the place and demonstrates scant interest in my choice of music as she flops in the big leather chair in the corner. I’m sure she’s secretly hoping I’ll turn it off. “String of Pearls.” “String of what?” “Pearls, … More A String of Pearls

Weekly Writing Challenge: Moved by Music … The Music in Me

Music moves me every day. Sometimes in subtle ways; sometimes the emotion of it is almost more than I can hold. It depends on the day … and on the piece of music. The Weekly Writing Challenge has asked us to write about being moved by music. This is a challenge for me as much … More Weekly Writing Challenge: Moved by Music … The Music in Me

A Life Unravelled

A Life Unravelled I am of an age When the formative years Speak. “Remember me?” They ask. It starts with Music. A song. A memory. A feeling. Hmmm … I had forgotten. Lost in Tumultuous times of Twenty-plus years. Tumult covered by more Tumult. A child overwhelmed; A teenager confused; A twenty-something Ungrounded, Until in … More A Life Unravelled