A Bach family birthday

A Bach family birthday

The Bach family has been so important to the history of music that, for a time, any musical family in Europe earned that surname, not by pedigree but by prestige. I learned that Saturday afternoon from Carol Leybourn, matriarch of a family that, by any standard except birth, easily could be called Bachs. As she [...]

Carpe Musicorum!

Carpe Musicorum!

Singer/songwriter Rob Anthony posted this thought yesterday: "Most of us go to our grave with our music still inside us." Perhaps because I've been driving around with a temporarily disabled sound system, this comment hit me hard. I miss music in my car and I crave it in my life. I appreciate all the brave [...]

Life is a Cabaret, old chum

Life is a Cabaret, old chum

We strolled down to Lawrence University Sunday afternoon and treated ourselves to our first, but the school's 42nd, annual International Cabaret. I highly recommend this authentic extravaganza of talent, humor, fashion and good will. The show kicked off with a gorgeous Chinese dance called the Thousand-Hand Guan Yin. I feel like we all could use [...]

My second most embarrassing Mile of Music Moment

My second most embarrassing Mile of Music Moment

My second most embarrassing Mile of Music moment happened midway through Mile 3. By then a know-it-all veteran of two Miles, I lounged in Houdini Plaza, chatting amiably with assembled family members. "Hey, there's Benny," I said to my husband. "I'm going to tell him how great that Swear and Shake set was." "That's not [...]