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April 5th

Posted on April 5, 2018 with 0 comments
Today I am remembering my time in the band 223 Park.  Probably one of my favorite songs was April 5th. I still remember how the whole song came together.  I don't remember much of the band outside of our rehearsal space :).  But I remember vividly how this song came together. 
I began playing a piano riff on the keys and Mark Scully picked up his guitar and started playing chords.  We were on a break from practicing our other tunes.  The room was dark except people in and out on break. Colleen Cannon began humming some sort of melody to it and random words came to her.  Gradually, everyone joined in as they came back from break and we just grooved for what felt like hours until the skeleton of this song appeared. I remember adding backing tracks with Michelle Coffaro.  She and Colleen came up with a sort of one note harmony part and it was so simple but added so much to the song.   
The song touched my soul in some way.  Not just [...]
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Happy to Be Back!

Posted on January 27, 2017 with 0 comments
It's been a long strange journey of motherhood and life challenges. But my music has continued to grow.  I'm looking forward to sharing new songs with you soon!  in the chaos of the world, please enjoy some quiet music I wrote for a film submission.  
https://youtu.be/3nquepGQag8 Can't wait to share more.... 

Happy New Year

Posted on January 2, 2014 with 0 comments
2014: Work hard, play hard, and love the one you're with! For me, it means more doing. It means fighting for what I want, and it means appreciating what I have. It means balancing life so everything fits. And I must never, ever forget how much fun it is to play!Much love to all my friends and family.

CHESS in Concert July 3o, 2012

Posted on July 24, 2012 with 0 comments
http://broadwayworld.com/videoplay.php?colid=392537 I am so thrilled to return to my roots and be Musical Director for a spectacular performance of Chess. Starring Tony-Award nominee, Robert Cucciolli, Natascia Diaz, Drew Sarich, Raymond McLeod, Gus Solomns, Jr, and Tamra Hayden.  Joining them is an 18 member ensemble of some of the finest singers I have ever worked with.
I met director, Chris Martin (Shakespeare actor, not rock star....) 6 years ago in the dog run here on the UES.  Random. But after a few conversations, I could tell he had been there, done that and had some incredible depth and wisdom in his ideas.  We never actually talked about music till years into our dog run meetings, and now, having two 'senior' dogs, I would never have had the privilidge of meeting him.  He found me through this website with this incredible project.
Having been out of the scene for a while, I have to admit, I was weary of getting involved.  And he spoke with such knowledge [...]
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