April was bustin’ out all over! May in Edmonton!

My first Documentary on CBC Radio One-The Sunday Edition

The Train Station in Smithers

The Train Station in Smithers

I was in Smithers working on my first long form

documentary.  You can hear the finished product live on air on Mother’s Day, May 10th at 10 am on CBC Radio One or on the podcast.

High point: It was a real honour to accompany my friend on this journey to find his birth mother’s legacy through the music she made all those years ago.

Grateful for: I was grateful for a clean hotel called The Fireweed.  And I was blessed by the people I met in Smithers who were part of the experience of The Harmonette glee club.  They were so generous in their time with me.

and next time I will….  be checking out a nearby site where Emily Carr did much sketching and painting of first nations totems and village rements.  The Bulkley Museum  was a huge help to me in providing photos, and news clippings for the web page the CBC offered, but also really whet my appetite for further exploring of the area.

 

In my World of Meditation

I attended the next level of  Contemplative Photography classes here in Victoria.  I’ve been using these teachings as a way to  practice being present in the now for about two years.  ( I produced a doc on it for Tapestry that you can hear here).  This weekend class  was all about ‘luminosity’.  I love the excuse to walk around my world with a focus on seeing, not just looking.  This practise gets me out of the works a day attitude of  ignoring things as I go from A to B.

I struggled with: Luminosity can often be found in places with water, but despite my best efforts, I still didn’t find my sink to be beautiful.

At any rate, here are some images I took that I think can be felt.

 

light in the yard

light in the yard

Curtains afternoon glow

Curtains afternoon glow

foliage luminosity

foliage luminosity

 

Marikmekko floral design=Happiness

Marikmekko floral design=Happiness

I’m the co-ordinator for the Shambhala Art Society  in Victoria, and this month I arranged for an excursion to the  Victoria Art Gallery .    The purpose of the trip was to practise looking with fresh eyes.  Not labeling, or trying to figure things out, but allowing things to be felt.  Just as they are.  I found it to be revolutionary.  I sketched and wrote poems there.  I had space to create from a spark instead of ‘trying to get it right’.

There was a Marimekko show  and I couldn’t believe how her fabrics reached out to me and offered such joy.

 

Endings

Home Studio

This month saw the end of my private voice studio.  For the last four years I have taught a number of wonderful young people from September to June.  I’ve  really felt  delight in my student’s progress from often shy and inexperienced performers to invested and engaging performers..  But other passions are calling, and as I often tell people in coachings- sometimes to say yes to something, you must say no to something else.  I will continue to teach on an as needed basis for mature performer/singers getting ready for auditions or doing tune ups or preparing roles, but the big studio commitment is over.

 

CCPA

I submitted my marks and I’m wishing all the wonderful students I taught in Connections ( a performance oriented broadway song class)  the very best for the summer. It was a joy to fill in for Director Darold Roles for two terms this year.

 

What’s Up for May

 

As I write this I’m on a the ferry heading off for my second week of filling in for Ben Heppner at

Travelling from Victoria to Vancouver through Active Pass

Travelling from Victoria to Vancouver through Active Pass

Saturday at the Opera. It’s the end of the Metropolitan Season and I’m there to do the intermission bits and send the show safely into BackStage.  I always love my time working with the crew at the opera.  And on days like today, I can’t believe this is my commute !  Are you kidding me?

 

 Next week I’m off for Opera Nuova!  It has been two long years since I last made an appearance there. I’ll be teaching voice and giving Life Coaching for Creatives Classes.  This years classes have some very strong tools in them that I’ve been perfecting with my clients .  I look forward to workshopping with these young and up and coming performers so they can be stronger at auditioning, performing, and most importantly live a life that is fulfilling whether they are on stage or off.

 

Happy May to you all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *