Thank You, Sam and Jaime

We returned this morning from our trip to Nashville where we visited my brother Sam and his partner, Jaime.  We had a “big time,” as we say in Texas, with lots of food, music, and sightseeing.  However, our main time was spent in conversation. We talked late into every night, started again early in the…

Pasadena Tonight with Our Family and Uncle Sam

Tonight our family gathered in Pasadena at the Levitt Pavilion to hear the Chambers Brothers and to have a visit with my brother Sam, who is visiting from Tennessee. This was a picnic in the park and Rachael and Ariel, Liz, Sarah, Gregorio, Luna and Nico joined Ray, Sam and me. (Ron had a prior commitment.)…

Old Music to Cheer My Heart

  I needed to hear some music tonight to cheer me up.  Here are a few of the songs that made my perk right up.  I hope you enjoy them too.  

Holbrook, AZ and The Tedeschi Trucks Band

It’s 11:30 at night. We left Sherman, Texas this morning at around 9:30 am; just arrived in Holbrook, Arizona for the night. Of course, we are tanked up on coffee and wide awake…uh oh. Not good. Our goal is to arrive in Ojai around 4:30 tomorrow afternoon, which means we’ll be getting up at 6…

Holy Week, Family and Thoughts on Christianity

We are moving into Holy Week and life is going to get hectic around here. There is Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday and I am serving as an acolyte in three of those four services at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church in Hollywood. Not to mention that the Great Easter…

The Magic Flute Tonight – A Completely Unique Production

Ray and I were the lucky recipients of tickets to see Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute, tonight at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. This rendition was staged as a silent movie with graphics that flashed on a huge screen on the stage. The performers appeared via doors that swung open and closed for their solos. This was…

Near Perfect Evening in Downtown LA

We had the one of the loveliest evening tonight that I can remember. We sneaked into The Broad Contemporary Art Museum, thanks to Ray Beaty’s quick thinking to ask the guard if we could JUST go to the gift shop. (The museum is free; it’s just there was a line at the front door.) Anyway,…

The Haunting Beauty of Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3

This morning, Ray put on Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3 for us to listen to as we worked in the living room. Within minutes, Ray was sniffing and I had tears running down my cheeks. This music, which is also known as the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, is so beautiful that it literally will make you…

Happy Birthday Eve, Brother Sam!

Tomorrow is my brother Sam’s birthday and I’ll just like to give him a shout out from CA to Texas or Ohio or Tennessee, wherever he may be tonight. My little brother is five years my junior and he has a musical streak that surpasses that of most mortal beings. He started pounding on a…

Beethoven at the Hollywood Bowl

We were lucky enough to be invited by our neighbor, Linda Homer, to the Hollywood Bowl tonight for a picnic and then a whole evening of Beethoven performed by the LA Phil. Linda had three extra tickets so we invited our daughter Rachael to join us, as well. The seats were close to the front…