A Few Questions For Raffi

Children’s music icon, environmentalist, and all-around nice guy Raffi is coming to Vermont this week to perform a show at the Flynn Theater in Burlington, so I thought I’d ask him a few questions before he arrives! Tenor Dad: Hi Raffi! You have an upcoming show in Vermont. How often do you perform in Vermont, […]

I Only Like It When I’m Doing It

I didn’t want to write this post. I’ve been putting it off. I’m too busy, too many others things going on, and so I have neglected this as if it were a chore, something draining, and I just didn’t feel like doing it. But now that I’m writing I feel great. I love writing! Why […]

Music We Are Thankful For This Fall

Wow, I can’t believe it is Thanksgiving tomorrow! I have been so busy this fall that it feels as though summer were yesterday and I am almost ready to start making Halloween costumes. But I’ve done that, and so much more. I miss writing every day on this page but, as my daughter tells me, […]

Infamous Gigs: Exclusive Ralph’s World Edition!

We have had a special place in our heart for Ralph’s World for many years, partly owing to the fantastic music that Ralph Covert makes, but perhaps in large part due to the fact that he wrote a song called “Edward the Tap-Dancing Elephant,” and with so few ‘Edward’ songs out there (and so many ‘Ruby’ […]

Dance Away the End of Summer

Well, summer is just about over. The kids are going back to school in two days, the leaves are already turning, and there is a morning chill in the air. But what have we been listening to this summer? Well, mostly dance remixes for some reason. Laurie Berkner has a new album of old favorites […]

If They Still Made Hit Summer Movie Theme Songs

Last year I lamented the fact that the big summer movies no longer have the big summer songs attached to them. Remember the days when all the best albums were soundtracks? Footloose? Men in Black? If there was hit movie, you were listening to the music from it on the radio! But alas, no longer. I […]

Oh, to be Free of the Beard

I usually have a beard in the winter, and I usually don’t have a beard in the spring. I often shave for Easter morning, and in fact this year I had a great plan to shave my facial hair into a Lin-Manuel Miranda style goatee for our Hamilton tribute that day. But it was not […]

“Hamilton” Re-Imagined for Easter

I don’t know why Easter brings out the subversive in me. Maybe it has something to do with the culmination of the radical movement that the day celebrates. Or maybe I just like to surprise people. Two years ago I hired a funk band and opened our Easter morning worship service with Uptown Funk. And […]

The Two Kinds of Nervous

There are two kinds of nervous, and I’m afraid I can only help you with one of them. I am a voice teacher, not a psychologist. I cannot solve your social anxiety, nor can I take away the fear that comes from the possibility that you might make a fool of yourself due to the […]