Anne Smith :: Blog for May 2011
Lots going on! I'm not the only one who is treading water…but it feels like it. I thought I'd use part of this month's blog to recognize a bunch of people who are making things easier for me.
Joseph Campbell, the late great American Mythologist, writer, and lecturer spoke of "a thousand unseen helping hands", and if you really think about it, it's true. Our lives are made better and easier by people whose "behind the scenes" efforts and intentions rarely receive recognition. I'm not putting the names in any kind of rank…just as they occur to me! I'm writing this in my living room, which has been recently redecorated. It's absolutely beautiful, so the first person on my list is:
Debbie Oulvey, a Professional Home Stager who is creator and owner of Amazing Space LLC. Her energy, spirit and incredible vision transformed our apartment into a phenomenal place that Marc and I love so much, we don't' want to sell it! Even if you are not selling, Debbie's sense of color, flow, and light will transform your living area. My creativity has increased tenfold since she put her magic touch in this apartment.
Julio Fernandez, Guitarist with Spyro Gyra., composer, arranger, producer… This isn't the only time that Julio stepped into my life to save a floundering recording project; I recently contacted Julio to play on my latest CD, "Separated By Words"…and I realized all over again what a wonderful human being he is, as well as a truly gifted musician. When the producer/engineer who was working on my project dropped out of the scene, I was left with a big question mark and a lot of frustration. Julio put me in touch with the next person on my list:
Gary Schreiner: composer, producer, musician, arranger….although we have just met, Gary has already impressed me because he took my Glyph hard drive, which contained all my tracks from the studio (and they were a complete mess), and sorted out all the tracks and made a file for each song, so now it makes sense to me and I don't feel like giving up. Which reminds me to mention this next person…
Andy Galore,NYC Bass player, and just so great to work with, "the voice of reason", who advised me to buy the Glyph to retrieve my files from the studio when things got a little strange…Andy has been a great source of information for me, and so positive and helpful. And, being a great bass player, has been able to hook me up with some outstanding drummers.
John McNally, NYC filmmaker and FUNmaker! John and I met when he was recommended by an acquaintance to film a show I did at Don't Tell Mama. He is so warm, kind, intelligent, and creative. When I went to him with a handful of Easter candy and a rap that my twin sister Maryah and I wrote, he was all over it. If you haven't seen it, check out Leftover Russell Stover on YouTube. John is one of the most creative and observant people I know.
Carol Fader, founder of Boyd's on Madison Avenue, and my boyfriend's mom! As busy as it's been around here, Carol's sense of humor and elegance have made things more….MORE! Or, as she herself would say, "BEYOND Fantastic". And, face it, if it weren't for Carol, I wouldn't have:
Marc! Marc is my silent partner, but my biggest cheerleader and recently made my life much easier by getting a beautiful Yamaha keyboard in a sleek console cabinet for our living room. I've been without an instrument to play for several months, and because we knew we'd be moving, we didn't want to purchase or rent an upright. Ah, I have my music again. Thank you for believing in me, Marc, and for knowing how important my music is to me!
Christina Canzoneri, my website designer, artist, creator and owner of Column Web Graphics, Huntington Station. She's so methodical, creative, can-do, and sensible that I would be totally lost and unknown if she weren't working her strategies behind the scenes. She is just plain awesome.
Kirsten Morgan, Executive Director of The Diller-Quaile School of Music, NYC, musician, Dalcroze Instructor: Under Kirsten's program, I am teaching a two hour seminar to 17 adult students in a teacher-training program, once a week. Kirsten is an inspiring and dedicated professional who leads by example-and this is rare. Her energy and dedication is amazing. If I ever grow up, I want to be just like her!
Arnold Schwartzenegger and Dominique Strauss-Kahn for "Man"-ifesting real live Russell Stovers and making it easier to despise horny hollow rabbits.
So..this is a short list….but I needed to make it. I'm still having mixed emotions about leaving NYC. I know that life is about taking chances and trying new things.
I'm thinking that I may love to be in a small community (near to a cosmopolitan locale, of course!) where I can go into a neighborhood coffee shop and feel welcome, NOT as I felt this morning at GINA FORNARINA at 73rd and Broadway. At 11: 30am, the place was very quiet, 3 of the 20 tables were taken, nobody was sitting at the counter or at any of the tables outside. Let me just say, that prior to this morning, I was a frequent patron, often bringing a girlfriend in for brunch or stopping by 3-4 times a week to get a coffee to go in one of their signature hot-pink cups. I even had a running joke with the waiters that I would be moving in and that I didn't need cable, or that I was filling out a change of address form with the post office. Suffice it to say, I was a familiar face. So, when I went there this morning and asked if I could sit at a little table in the corner, I was told that I had to sit at the counter, because I was by myself. Not pleased, I asked if I could sit at a table outside. Of course, the hostess replied. She escorted me outside, and I sat all alone in a sea of empty tables, chairs and roses. She took my order. I wanted a cup of coffee and a muffin. "We don't serve pastries after 11am", she told me,( unless I ordered it to go). Wow. Sad to discover that Gina Fornarina is the Female Russell Stover: so cute and sweet on the outside, so stingy and hollow on the inside. "Bye, bye, Gina".
Until Next Timex0x0