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On musical gifts, in memory of Dave Brubeck, 1920-2012 December 6, 2012

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A few years ago, I was helping with the choristers in the Royal School of Church Music affiliated choir at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Corpus Christi, Texas. My “walking partner” was a third-grader named George, a sweet but scatter-brained little fellow with gigantic brown eyes peeking out from unruly bangs.

George was the Pig-Pen of the choir, and since I had known his mother from the time she was a child, I knew that was just his nature. One afternoon, I came into the choir room and was greeted by the notes of the iconic Dave Brubeck composition”Take Five” being practiced on the baby grand.

Over and over, phrase by phrase, George was perfecting his own “Take Five” with great discipline, that 5/4 syncopation rolling out of those thick little fingers. The notes from the piano took on a new voice as the boy took them for his own.


Happy New Year December 2, 2012

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Today is the First Sunday in Advent, beginning of the Christian year.  This is a time to watch, wait, prepare, and put on the armor of light, which sounds like a directive to string lights and wear sparkly earrings.  The Advent hymnody is rich and varied, with plenty to keep the voice and spirit singing until the Christ child comes on Christmas Eve.  There is no need for “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” or even my favorite conversion song, “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” until after the shopping season.

My multi-talented, too-ADD-to-use-Facebook BFF called one morning with a tale of defrosting the freezer in their garage. She was looking in her files under “A” for the instructions. Suddenly, the professional mezzo-soprano burst into song: ‘O, come. O come. Amana Manual…”. Advent will never be the same. BTW, the freezer was a Tappan.

Hello world! November 28, 2012

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Welcome to marthasway@WordPress.com! This is my very first post.  My life is… eclectic, so against all reason, I am creating this blog.  It is probably the only way I have a breath of a chance of having anything done–marthasway.

  • I have run out of the excuses that have kept me from writing everyday.
  • I cannot work outside the home.
  • I have trouble following through with plans made in advance.
  • I am committed to keeping what is left of the little pieces of my mind.

Getting off to a clunky start is better than staying stuck in ‘maybe’ and ‘what if’ and ‘why not’, so as we say at at our house “Puff puff, Toot Toot, Off we go!”…