When I grew up, music was a huge part of my life but I never listened to records or went to concerts.

It was all live.  It all happened in my home – or my relatives’ homes – most of it spontaneous — and it ran the gamut from us playing ukes and crooning “Frog Went a’Courtin” to my mother putting on her “Music Minus One” records and blowing the roof off  singing her operatic arias.

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Typical family sing. I’m the one at the piano. Behind me, from left my mother Ina, Grandpa Sam, Grandma Anna and my favorite Aunty – Gloria!

No matter what form it took, it was communication and connection and love — sometimes funny, sometime passionate, sometimes heartbreaking.

That’s the experience I try to relive every time I’m on stage.

Connection.  I try to inhabit it.  To bring it alive – for myself and the audience.

When you’re in my audience you’re in my house with me and I’m doing the thing that’s most natural in the world for me to do to connect with you: play music.

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