I’ve missed you. It’s been a while. Too long. As I recover from a minor but frustrating recent bout of vocal un-health (a spate of hoarseness brought on by allergies and good old “singing-too-damn-much” syndrome), I’ve had to keep silent for days on end. Prolonged silence gives a girl time to think, and over the past few weeks some uncomfortable realities have floated to the surface of my psyche.
To wit: writers write, and I haven’t been. Writing, that is.
There’s also the fact that I’ve felt disconnected from my creativity and physicality lately, and too overwhelmed to do anything but fixate in uneasy wonder on my inertia. Having lost a dear friend just a year ago to a swift and brutal illness, I am feeling strongly the need to celebrate and inhabit life more fully, but instead, a nondescript sort of paralysis seems to have taken hold.
Don’t get me wrong; there’s a lot of wonderful stuff on the horizon. For one thing, my debut album, The Great City, has found a home on a great label and will be officially released before the end of the year, probably this fall. In the meantime, this summer’s gigs will take me to North Carolina, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Seattle, the Oklahoma leg of historic Route 66, and rural Pennsylvania. I’ll be guesting with a symphony, fronting a big band, bringing my best straight-tone to an Anglican choir and singing as one-third of a 1930s-inspired vocal trio called DUCHESS. It’s going to be a busy time, and I’m looking forward to all of it.
The thing is, though, I don’t just want to be busy. I want to find more joy in the everyday, whether I’m puttering in the kitchen, teetering precariously in a yoga pose, chatting with a friend over a pot of tea, or warming up my voice before a practice session. Writing, for me, has always had a way of creating momentum and focus, and so I suppose that the revitalization of this blog is an attempt to light a proverbial fire under my tuchis.
In the coming weeks, I’ll introduce a “Spotlight On…” interview series with some smart, funny musical friends and colleagues; I have no doubt that their wisdom and insights will prove inspiring. Foodie Tuesdays will return. There will also, in all likelihood, be talk of yoga, the subway, life in the city, life in the country, travels near and far, and there will definitely be posts about the aforementioned musical happenings. I hope you’ll check in from time to time and perhaps even share your thoughts in the comments. Ad Alta Voce means “out loud,” after all, so let’s raise our voices, shall we?
Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy reading, and happy summer!