Today I am listening to spotify, some of my recordings and those of friends I have worked with around the world. Being an artist is a treasure I hold dearly in my life and apply artistic aspects to everything I do. My canvas is sound at times and I love painting with sound. Music is my primary language and an escape from a rather hectic world.
I am in my easy chair with Ms. Ethel on my lap and the Duker vying for attention at my feet. These are our kids as we call them and all rescue animals that just showed up on our doorstep.
The music today is taking me back to Memphis, Tennessee, home of the blues, culture, Memphis in May, The outstanding Memphis Symphony and Germantown. It is also the home of the Rendevous and Interstate BBQ of food network fame.
I have an interesting history with these establishments both musically and in the kitchen. Heck, I grew up there and love the taste and feel of the city! We have cooked side by side at many events across the Memphis/Shelby County area to the joy of many!
Enough of that about me and on to my reasons for sharing today.
There is a lot going on around the world right now. Mr. Paul Pellay is having a composition of his premiered by a highly capable Violinist. Paul and I go back decades and he is married to a great violist, Michelle Pellay-Walker that I consider my sister from another mother. This performance is taking place in Jolly Old England.
From Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Violinist
“At the violin, a day of rigour and joy. Bach in the morning then this. I am proud to have studied, and premiered, literally, hours of solo violin music by the extraordinary Paul Pellay, and this latest is absolutely engrossing-here’s the score, at what I call ‘base 1’ technical work. The groundwork in place, the notes in the hands and the brain, and now the real work begins. Here’s a Spotify link to Paul’s extraordinary ‘Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness’. Violinists, what are you waiting for?”
On the other side of the world, the the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Justin Smith, Director of Choirs at Maryhurst University is preparing from the summer.
Stay Tuned! Things are heating up here in Houston also! But for today, I am relaxing before the weekend when Jody and I celebrate our 16th anniversary of being together. We were officially MARRIED in November of 2014. We are having a casual at home BBQ where Tennessee meets Texas! 16 years ago, on April 1, I arrived in Houston to begin a life with Jody Turner. It’s been an up and downhill roller coaster ride but we are still together these 16 years later!
We would like to cordially invite you to our home on Sunday, April 3, 2016 for a Tennessee meets Texas BBQ in honor of this decade plus of being together. A lot has happened in these years and it’s time to celebrate.
Stop by for good times, good friends, good food and some all out fun!
Please pardon the house as it is now a DYI project that will be ongoing for a bit. I am also taking the liberty of creating videos of the work as it progresses along with recipes, exploring Jere’s kitchen and teaching videos for clarinet excellence.
If perchance, anyone would be considering an anniversary present, we need help on the renovations to the house!
We look forward to seeing everyone! Recipes and menus will be here later but today, I am having fun with our mischevious kids!
Ta Ta for now and have a great day!