Winter Solstice 2011 Update

Hello readers, friends, and other fishes in the sea

My last post was September 27th. It’s now very nearly Christmas. Time warp. Keeps happening. So, here’s the deal since then. (well, the part I can tell.)

I’ve been working at Theatre 80, connected with some new investors for Cube Rat, producers of interest, I have worked closely with Silence the Musical, Howl Festival with Jane Friedman, The All For One Festival of solo shows during which I got to take workshops with Matt Hoverman, meet and learn from the heads of NY Fringe, NYMTF, Samuel French’s short play festival. I’ve met several potential directors for Cube Rat, and found one I’m crazy about. I co-wrote a power ballad as a favor to a friend for a wedding which seems to have made quite an impression on the bride and groom, so I’m told it may have a shot at being published.I got to go to my very first Broadway Opening Night  and Opening Night Party, I felt like Cinderella. I was part of a film by Jonathan Pillot where I got to read a poem that made me cry the first time I heard it:

Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them,
disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They invent. They imagine.
They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire.
They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written?
Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world,
are the ones who do.
Jack Kerouac – On The Road

What’s next? that’s the big question. I still have editing to do on the Edinburgh footage of Cube Rat. I thought I’d float right through that process the moment I returned to New York, but I’ve been mired in the quicksand of tech hell. I have a brand new baby Mac Book, but it’s not compatible with any of my older gear or software, so now I’m looking for tech help to reconnect everything so I can get back to music and film work.

I believe I’ll get to do this editing over the holidays as I’ll have a couple of weeks of quiet after Christmas. I’ll be on retreat in a quiet artist community. Will be working also on Cube Rat Script with the aforementioned outstanding writer/director.  I’m over the moon about how well our sessions are going.

I might even bring my uke and write a few songs, can you imagine? Who knows, maybe I’ll really aim high and bring along a book to read! Yeah right.

La Lucha Continua

Happy Holidays everyone. See you in 2012.

xo Your




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