The Night I Became a Teenager – the Beatles and Saturday Night Live

teenager, saturday night live, the beatles, growing up, boomers, midlife, long island, music, television, new york,

In the fall of 1975 I went to a birthday party.  It was a time when we were quite impressed with ourselves, my friends and I. We had the right clothes - overalls and carpenter pants, Frye boots and Huck-a-Poo shirts, and we were, for the most part, unsupervised most of the time, free to smoke cigarettes and pot and drink cheap beer. We were so young, but, due to our proximity … [Read more...]

Thank You For the Music

I could say thank you to my family, friends, readers and colleagues for your support, encouragement and friendship in  a million different ways, but this year I'll go with music - because how can I go wrong? Wishing all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving 2013. … [Read more...]

Music Lessons

mother and daughter, growing up, growing older, kristin chenowith, hollywood bowl, adult children, midlife

It was a beautiful evening. My daughter and I went to the Hollywood Bowl to see the delightful Kristin Chenoweth, who sings like an angel and is really funny. We've been fans since we saw her on Broadway in 1999 when she played Sally in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown - and even at the age of 9, my Broadway-loving daughter knew we'd seen something pretty … [Read more...]

Frank Sinatra – the Soundtrack of My Life

  We all have soundtracks of our lives. During my teen years there were hours spent listening to the same record album over and over, sometimes even the same song, convinced that the artist had written the lyrics especially for me.  "OHMYGOSH" my friends and I would shriek.  That's EXACTLY how I feel!!!!" Neil Young, Elton John, Supertramp, Queen, Linda Ronstadt... … [Read more...]

For my Grandmother Amy, with Love

Once in love with amy, grandmother amy, losing a grandparent, sheet music, memories, family history, midlife, empty-nest, baby boomer

I have so many memories of my grandparents - some of which I wasn’t even around to experience. The family stories, the iconic ancestors, the inside jokes and traditions passed from generation to generation – sometimes it’s hard for me to remember where my memories begin and where the stories from before my time are interwoven, becoming a comforting crazy quilt of history that … [Read more...]