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Welcome to my blog! We may delve into many areas during our dialog, but it all begins with music. This is a place where you can find out about our current projects, share gig stories, respond to articles I’ve written, and post your own experiences with music and healing, music and the environment, and other topics that might interest you. The goal is to provide a forum where stories, ideas and feelings can be freely exchanged.

Cathy

I grew up with music in my family–my brother a concert pianist and my Dad a jazz pianist/trumpet player. From church choirs to coffeehouses, from rhythm & blues in noisy bars to intimate jazz concerts, and from teaching music in school to playing at the hospital bedside, it’s been an interesting journey. As an eclectic professional musician since the 1970’s, I’ve been lucky to share the stage and the airwaves with Tom Paxton, Pete Seeger, Garrison Keillor, Florida folk legend Will McLean, jazz pianist Rob Bargad, and others, as well as opening for New Thought authors/speakers like Deepak Chopra, Dr. Bernie Siegle and Marianne Williamson. You can hear my music and find out more about my bands by visiting Bands or Recordings on my website.

In 1995 I found myself in a most unexpected setting, the hospital, where it turned out my eclecticism proved very useful. As Musician in Residence/Music Program Coordinator for Shands Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida, I get to play and sing at the bedside for patients, train and mentor other hospital musicians, and travel all over presenting workshops and seminars on music and healing. From piano playing in the hospital lobby to elevator singalongs, from hallway concerts to bedside harp in the ICUs, I’ve seen music transform the hospital environment and the patient experience.

As the journey continues, I’ve recently joined PMA, the Positive Music Association, something which might interest those of you who feel that your music has a positive message to purvey. I’ve also found that the relationship between music/the arts and the environment is really popping into public awareness–once again, music brings the community together around the current topic of debate. Find out more on my Greening of Music post… or pick any category/post you want and join in the conversation!

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