Gracious, it’s hard to believe I’ve been with JDH almost six months! On the one hand, the time has flown by and on the other hand, it feels as if I’ve been here for years already.
It’s been a pleasure getting to know some of you in the past few months, and I look forward to meeting more of you at our upcoming Broadway Under the Stars event on June 17th and August 12th. Since I’m going to be sticking around here for a while, I thought I’d tell you a little more about myself.
One of my interests, which I’m sure I share with more than a few of you, is music. I started out singing and dancing along to Cats in my living room when I was five. (Sadly, no home movies of those glorious performances still exist.)
I had a deep fondness for scarves, even then.
I learned to love folk music from my mother and Pink Floyd from my dad; classical choral pieces from my choir director in church; fifties crooners from my grandmother; punk and jazz from dorm-mates in college; and the blues from an amazing, year-long road trip in my early thirties. Fun fact: my mother couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket when I was born. We spent so much time together commuting to theatre rehearsals and singing along to musicals in the car that we now can sing harmonies together!
After a friend taught me how to play guitar, I ended up recording my own album as a singer-songwriter. Here I am regaling friends at an impromptu farm concert:
Music and nature: a winning combination.
I joined a Dixieland band a few years ago, where I started out playing washboard and graduated to a full drum kit. Dixieland is such a fun style for a drummer. It’s full of whistles, kazoos, washboards, and cowbell hits. The Sebtown Strutters, as we named ourselves, can be seen from time to time playing at the Community Market in Sebastopol or at private events throughout the county.
Next time we speak, tell me about the music in your life! Do you listen to music at home? In your car? Have you played an instrument? Are you a shower singer? I’m a firm believer that everybody can make music, and I encourage it in every way I can.