On the road again…
Photo credit: Andrew White in St. Louis
Ahhhhh…I returned home from Cancun, Mexico, on September 4, beautifully rejuvenated and ready to get back to work. Which is exactly what I did, boarding a flight to New York on September 5. After teaching a workshop, piano students and accompanying Ashling Cole in her Yoshi’s concert in Oakland, I deliberately made myself STOP and smell the proverbial roses. I did my best to do NOTHING. And I was rather successful. I read some books, I took naps, I stayed off of social media – honestly, I fully abstained from media in general. It was lovely!!
I haven’t yet curated the photos from my trip to Mexico, but once I decide which I’m willing to share (wink, wink), I’ll post them on my social media.
On one of our days off in New York, I decided to finally revisit Harlem, my old home. I lived in Harlem for many years, but had resisted visiting because it had been a very challenging time of my life. But Harlem helped build me into a strong woman, and I felt compelled to acknowledge that.
After the concert in St. Louis, Saturday night, I received the sad news that my dear Uncle Dwayne had passed. Dwayne was young, 59 years old, but he had been in severe pain for a long time, due to his illness. I had the chance to see him again on my last visit to Oakland, and will be home in time to celebrate his life with my family. I’m glad that I was able to tell him that I love him, hold his hand and pray for him on that last visit. I always try to remember to cherish people while they’re living. Loss is never easy…
As the days get closer to my next birthday (at the end of this month), I am encouraged by the memories of my uncle, and the love that surrounds me, to seize each opportunity to give and receive love – LOVE that demands nothing, is unconditional, transcendent and beautiful. I search for moments in my day where I can share wisdom, make someone smile, encourage someone’s greatness, help someone to feel at ease and accepted. Even if that someone is me. After all, if we don’t love and care for ourselves, what good are we to others?
I hope that you have enjoyed the summer, and that you will take a moment out of your day to go spend time with someone you love, someone who loves you, someone who could use a hug, a held hand, a laugh. Life is precious and we can’t take it for granted. Carpe diem…
Love, Blessings & Music,
PS In celebration of the 1 year anniversary of my first album, “Grateful” is now be available for free download. Check out the links below. Please enjoy! 🙂
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PPS Bay Area students, I will be teaching on Monday, September 19 and Tuesday, September 20. Please visit my schedule page and sign up! Bay Area Music Lesson Schedule