It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these, but I blame 2020. It has certainly made things “interesting.” Most of us would prefer this year end now, but that is not the case. When life becomes difficult, we must rise and adapt to meet it. Bruce Lee once said that we need to be like water—formless, adaptive, unpredictable, etc.
That’s what I’ve been trying to do. Like most musicians, the pandemic knocked out all my music gigs and my voice studio suffered. (Seriously, if anyone wants to take some online voice lessons over Zoom, I am available for a reasonable price 🙂 ; just contact me). I’ve got a 4 lesson package for beginning singers that is popular!
Anyway, I adapted by going back to work on other projects that I’d been interested in starting or finishing. Here are some of them:
#1—My 2nd, Full-length Novel in The Giftless Chronicles Series
I’d long been wanting to finish my second novel in my young adult series, but life had gotten very busy with music stuff. Once all of that disappeared, I had the opportunity to work on it. I cranked it out, and currently I’m in my 2nd round of editing. It turned out to be a fun to book to write. The characters are developed from my first book and the sequel novella, and the plot THICKENS. (dum dum dum!) Click on the links above to get caught up before the novel comes out!
The secret to a good collaboration is this: Find a talented person who says “yes” to your crazy ideas and follows through, then you do the same. Over the past couple years, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity of working with Evgeniya “Jane” Kozhevnikova on musical projects. She’s the Celebris Ensemble’s composer-in-residence. She and I have been working on a musical (or lyric opera, whatever you want to call it) on the book of Ruth from the Bible. It has been an awesome collaboration. So far, we’ve written 7 songs together! Here is one song that is sung by Ruth to Naomi, Ask Me Not to Leave You.
Like most ensembles, our season was cut short. We even had a really cool collaboration planned with WMU that was canceled. But we’ve been able to post some recordings from our February (Valentine’s Day Concert).
#4—West Michigan Homeschool Fine Arts Received a First Rating at MSVMA
Three years ago, I started WMHFA’s secondary choir in Kalamazoo from scratch. I’m pleased to say that they received a first rating at MSVMA’s choral festival! So proud of them! Unfortunately, COVID-19 shut down all of the schools here in MI, and so we didn’t get a chance to go on to the state level. We sang Ave Verum Corpus (W. A. Mozart) and Hine ma tov (arr. Neil Ginsberg).
I’m sure that there are other things that I am forgetting, but these are things I am currently working on!