Things that Made My Days

August 3rd, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized

Who doesn’t love nice surprises out of the blue? First, I got an unexpected mention in a friend’s review in the New Yorker of The Strain and The Leftovers. All my life everyone around me has always revered The New Yorker. Any mention in their pages is such an honor. I screamed. I blushed (even though I was alone). I’d been reading Emily Nussbaum’s views about television for years, so it didn’t surprise me in the least when she ended up as the tv critic for The New Yorker, the best job in the universe that doesn’t involve saving lives.

Then, composer and conductor Jed Scott tweeted a picture of Jerry Blackstone, a Grammy award winning conductor and the Director of Choirs and Chair of the Conducting Department at the University of Michigan, reading from my book at the 2014 conference of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association.

Basically, this week I died of pride twice. Thank you Emily, Jed and Jerry.

Since it didn’t involve petting or feeding him, Bleeck is not impressed.


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  1. 4 Responses to “Things that Made My Days”

  2. By Karen (The one in North Carolina) on Aug 3, 2014

    Woo hoo! Although anything that is N.S.F.S. is N.S.F.K., too. Love the Instagram shout out.

    Have you seen this Tumblr:

    Bleek might have something to add . . .

  3. By michael on Aug 3, 2014

    that is one great shot of your cat! lol

  4. By Julia on Aug 4, 2014

    So nice to be appreciated! I am glad you are getting some recognition.

    Have you watched this TED talk?

  5. By Stacy Horn on Aug 4, 2014

    I just did, thanks for the link. I love that guy. He’s the one I’ve been hearing about, who once led a TED audience through singing the Ode to Joy chorus from Beethoven’s 9th. I read people’s blog posts about it afterwards. People who never sang a piece like that before, who sobbed it felt so great. I’m pretty sure I mentioned that in my singing book proposal.

    And thank you Michael!

    And thank you Karen! I’m not sure I like the sub-text of the Tumblr about cats and feminism, but very cute pictures!!

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