Aileen's Very Occasional, Almost Never Blog & News/Schedule
NEW ROUNDS BOOK: I finally put together a book of my short compositions called "Bring the Choir! Rounds & Cyclical Songs for Community Singing"
to order a copy or for more info, click here.
September, 2013---"At the end of my life, with just one breath left, if you come, I will sit up and sing."
Another 1 1/2 years have passed since last I wrote on this website. As I re-read what I've written previously, I find I don't have too much more to say right now. I am happy to be singing, happy to be breathing...thanks for visiting my humble little page. I am trying to update everything--slowly but surely. Hope to see you out there somewhere in the world.
May, 11, 2011---"We are rocking in the soul of Emma Goldman..." and "I earned this gray!"
Song lyrics seem to mark the phases of my life, from
year to the next. I haven't updated my web page for
quite a long time. One reason is I honestly jut can't talk myself
into it; too many important things to do besides go on-and-on about
myself! The other is that last year, I had a breast cancer
diagnosis and treatment....many many many weeks later, I am lucky and
safe and happy and healthy, as well as very thankful for the many
friends and family who have shown up to "smile for no reason" as Jolie
Rickman's song "Emma Goldman" says, and remind me of purpose and
legacy. I'd rather not talk too much about all that,
especially with so many people going through so much worse!
And as Emma's
Revolution's song says (see my thread here?) "Baby, I
earned this gray!" I hope to enter into my next phase of
life proud of the gray hairs and grateful for the smile lines and
wrinkles. After major surgery and recovery, whatever's left
me! And I am beginning again to get back to more
music and finishing of projects. Like for
example....tada!......the long-awaited new rounds book.
It is at the printers this morning and will be in my house and ready to
ship by next week. See the link above for more
details on ordering. BOOK
RELEASE PARTY IN SANTA CRUZ! Sunday, June 12th @ 1:30pm @ Live
Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz. song circle, book signing,
refreshments; come sing & celebrate!
Thanks to whoever checks these pages from time to time and thank you for your interest in my music. Hope to see you out there, somewhere, somehow, in the future.
June, 2009---"languages and letters, poetry and awe..."
these lyrics from Bill Staines "Bridges" have
sticking with me since summer began. I keep thinking of
singers all over the world who are building bridges with their voices
and their songs. This morning, I got an e-mail from my friend
Guillermo Anderson in Honduras saying "Damn! Here we are again, the
Banana Republic." Hondurans right now are struggling to hold onto
to democratic & humanitarian beliefs in the climate of a coup...and
all I could think of was "keep singing, keep singing..." There
are so many singers raising their voices to raise spirits, money,
awareness, to tell stories, record history, celebrate victories,
feelings, efforts. "Languages and letters, poetry and
My life in music seems relatively quiet right now. I still conduct choirs, write, lead singing groups and teach singing & music classes. I've been inspired recently by my friend Alisa Fineman to consider recording again. My kids are growing up fast, my guitar still calls to me....amid the piles of laundry, lunch boxes, sweaty baseball uniforms and countless other activities that carry my boys along their paths, there is still poetry and awe in every day. It's been a loooong time since my last recording, but I better sieze the day before it's long gone. I am in awe of my colleagues who manage to maintain their focus and energy as they continue to walk the path of spirit healers, travelling all the back roads they can to bring their songs and stories to hungry audiences.
I continue to be inspired by the young children I
worked with. As the public school system becomes more and more
bankrupt, I worry about what will happen to an entire generation of
poorer children who will increasingly not have access music, art,
dance, creative writing, due to extreme budget cuts and standardized
testing punishments. To quote J. C. Pierce "If the creative
fires of our young people are not nourished, they will burn down the
very structures of society just to feel the warmth."
Those are my thoughts today. thank you for
Yours in song,
June, 2008--Planet Banjo!
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|September 30-Dec 9
||"Zabalaza! Revolution in 4-Part
Harmony--Monday nights-pre-registration required
November 16- 8pm TBC
Ochs Song Night, with Carolyn, Hester, Kim and Reggie Harris, Sonny
Ochs and more.
CA Studio E concerts
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||Phil Ochs Song Night, with Carolyn, Hester, Kim and Reggie Harris, Sonny Ochs and more.||St. Cyprian's
Church, San Francisco, CA
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||Phil Ochs Song Night, with Carolyn, Hester, Kim and Reggie Harris, Sonny Ochs and more.||Don
Quixote's, Hwy 9, Felton, CA
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||Oxfam "Fast for
a World Harvest" fundraiser-leading singing with the Santa Cruz Peace
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|Tuesday, December 17-7pm
||Annual WILPF Holiday concert
||Quaker Meeting House/rooney St.
Santa Cruz CA
||"Let's Sing Together/Cantemos Juntos!"||curriculum-based
elementary school music programs: reading, literacy, self-esteem,
social studies, science, nature, ecology, & arts standards, plus
music findamentals and instrument building
||to book one for
your school: click this link now
in 4-Part Harmony" south African style choral singing, Part 2
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Santa Cruz Peace Chorale-private event
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Work Labor Film Festival
||Vet's Hall, S.C
May 23 @ 8:00pm
31 @ 2pm
|Saturday, July 4 @ 8pm
|Sunday, July 5 5-7pm
workshops & private lessons
voice, your spirit & your power in song
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