2009 archive - November 30, 2009
November 18, 2009
Well it's about time something broke loose in my brain.... More songs are in the works, and I'm learning some new covers, too. Still in the market for a good gigging partner. I'll be in NYC December 8, paying tribute to JWL at Strawberry Fields. Not a gig, just happen to be in the city at the right time. Maybe I'll see you there!
Finally, I would like to thank Spider Robinson for once again including some of my music in his podcast (#73, "Music from the Heart") - once in the middle and again at the end. Spider's wife Jeanne continues her battle with cancer, but continues also to pursue her dream of bringing their book Stardance to the big screen, engaging David Gerrold ("Martian Child," "Trouble with Tribbles") to work on the adaptation. Check out the Stardance blog for the latest.
October 12, 2009
Holy moly! My mother's on Colbert?!
So I get home this afternoon from my "knitter's retreat" to find no fewer than seven voice mail messages from my mother. I call her back and we chat for a half-hour or so, and just as the conversation seems about to come to a close, she casually mentions that she's the guest on tomorrow night's Colbert Report. Seriously. How cool is that?
Update: Here's a link to the interview.
September 23, 2009
Dream of, for, with, and loving Jeanne
Who knows how many new humans went from conception to birth in the time it's taken me to update this page? I have no excuse. What's finally prompted me to post is new photos, from a benefit concert thrown for Jeanne Robinson to help pay her bills while she goes through chemotherapy.
Here's the story, from Spider's site:
"Earlier this year a brilliant surgeon, Dr. Andresz Busczowski, helped Jeanne Robinson beat back a rare and virulent form of biliary cancer. But itâ€™s so rare even he canâ€™t say how much time heâ€˜s bought her, how soon it might recurâ€”and her latest blood tests have been so discouraging theyâ€™ve now decided she needs to start chemotherapy as soon as possible. Besides the prescription drugs to counteract the chemotherapy, she needs special therapies and supplements, counseling, and extensive diet and lifestyle changes, to reduce her stress level and the strain on her liver to as close to zero as possible. All those things are expensive...and like many artists today the Robinsons were already running on fumes financially."
Continuing from Jeanne's blog:
"...After all these months of being silent and private about my illness, I recently said yes to my close friend Michelle Meyrink when she asked if she could organize a benefit concert for me. Others have since jumped in, including my Vancouver Buddhist sangha, Mountain Rain Zen Community, and a dear friend in Florida, Jan Schroeder, who has been auctioning donated items (such as rare Babylon 5 scripts and other SF memorabilia) on eBay for me. Goods or services can be donated for the auction by contacting Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Several other methods of helping out, including a straightforward PayPal donation account, can be found at http://wedreamforjeanne.blogspot.com/.
"Another way to help would be to buy our books from Amazon by clicking-through from Spider's site, so we can get the affiliate commission. Weâ€™ve spent decades holding up visions of humankindâ€™s highest evolutionary potential while entertaining you enough to keep you turning pages. Any help you can offer is gratefully appreciated by Spider and me."
The benefit last weekend was something I struggle to describe. Friends from their community and beyond put together an amazing group of musicians and organized a successful live and silent auction. Friends from their community and beyond filled the hall to capacity. Love was in the air. Spider serenaded. Tears rolled. Jeanne danced.
Dance on, sister from another mother.