Look UP in the night sky this weekend!

This weekend brings the peak of Summer! We’ve had the fireworks, we’ve had Pride and now the great celestial Perseid meteor show takes over…up to eighty meteors an hour and fireballs will be somehow silently whooshing over our heads this very weekend! I kid you not! So get away from the city lights if you can and enjoy the greatest show off earth…

“great fireballs of fire!” – A guide to the Perseid Meteor Shower

Actually it’s a lot more mellow than that ­čÖé Here’s our tune “River of Stars” for your starry enjoyment over this beautiful Summer weekend…how I wish Summer could last forever!

 

Now for a haiku by Mike:

rainless sky for weeks

photons drizzle down in the

perseid shower

 

 

 

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I think I’m getting better! I spent 12 hours yesterday on the set of “Wonder”, a film with Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, among others. I had the great pleasure of chatting with Owen and meeting his radiant mother. This was the highlight of my triumphant return (lol) to “union film background” ­čśë I made a new friend. A 79 year old woman named Elizabeth who was recovering from a stroke and was out for a day of work. She was a spritely spirit who could only speak a few words. We had wonderful conversations savouring┬áthese words. The word of the day was “beauuuutiful”. I noticed her difficulty with pronouncing “crazy” – her crazy came out as “crouuzy”. My inner ESL teacher came out and I was able to help her with her pronunciation so she could enjoy saying “crazy”. We put those two words together so that we could go around saying “crazy beauuuutiful.” It really was tremendous fun. I wanted to stay in touch with her but she was wrapped before me and vanished!

This is an interesting mixture of seasons… Isn’t it?

White morning glories popping out of tangled vines with red blackberries tumbling over a blue spruce. 

I am here
in my spot

thanking the sun for warming my back
a humming bird drops by to check up on me.

Damsel flies – a low hovering wasp
and dried grasses all around me
you can feel the fall this summer.

The young girl who borrowed her father’s oil paints and walked out into a field to become a painter one summer day is all grown up now and still enthralled by nature. I didn’t become a painter but I did become an artist!

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Here’s dad doing two things he loved – sailing and singing.

And here’s my tune, Seraphina, named after my flute. Let’s all enjoy this last part of summer! ­čî×

Art in the Garden, Dino DiNicolo and the Rare Gangetic Dolphin

I am so fortunate to live on Stanley Park in the spring when┬áthe trees leaf they seem to rise up and surround my balcony like a canopy filled with bird song.┬áZephyrs of wind move through the trees and I can sometimes hear the little children at the Pooh Corner Daycare playing capriciously and singing “Jingle Bells” at the top of their lungs!

What could be more inspiring than playing with Dino DiNicolo in a beautiful garden surrounded by trees, flowers, and art? Dino and I have done this tour for years, sometimes in the rain, which has its own special atmosphere, but we expect nothing but sunny skies. The flowers are getting ready for their great performance! Art in the Garden is a tour of 16 gardens in West Vancouver and North Vancouver with a very reasonable charge of one dollar for each garden, each one unique featuring a visual artist, a musical duo, and of course the beautiful plants and flowers that have been nurtured all year.

Dino and I are scheduled to perform:

Saturday May 28th,┬á1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Garden #14: 2820 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

Sunday May 29th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Garden #12: 5570 Woodpecker Place.

Come and smell the roses… and everything else!
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And let’s not forget..

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The rare, and uniquely beautiful, Ganges River Dolphin. (Just look at that smile!)

It’s All About Recording This Week

Yes. ┬áMaybe not the greatest pics of us – lol – but the new music is sounding great and so is the band. ┬áHad an awesome time at Shaw TV yesterday. ┬áToday, the Farm! The lower shot is me trying on outfits at my friend Marji Graham’s house. ┬áShe so great!IMG_1138 IMG_1134

We gave birth to three new tunes last night!

…and I’m pretty sure you’re going to fall in love with them too…

If you can make it to the Jazz Evensong on Wednesday night, at Brentwood Presbyterian church 1600 Delta Ave.

in Burnaby, 8-9 pm. you’ll hear them live for the very first time! Come and be with us for this spine-tingling event!

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Art as Therapy

Kurt Vonnegut's advice about the arts.

Kurt Vonnegut’s advice about the arts.

The Peace Weaver project is gathering this Wednesday to film a Shaw television episode on “Music as Therapy.”

That should prove to be very interesting. Kurt Vonnegut had some wise words to share about “the Arts.” Good ol’ Kurt. I’ll be sure to post when the episode airs. There will be lots to talk about!

Happy International Women’s Day!

Yup, got all jacked up on dong quai today and joined the women’s liberation movement march on Commercial drive.

At one point a guy in one of those unreasonably huge pick up trucks, threw a fit and laid down some rubber because we’d apparently put a dent in his day. Someone shouted out ,”dude, calm down. You’re the reason we’re having this march!” Perfect.

Meet Natalie Drache, Doyenne of Actions, maintaining perfect cool. It was a beautiful day.

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