November is the month when many of us reflect on how much we have to be thankful for and as I reflect on just the last 7 days I am filled with gratitude for so much. I’m thankful for the great variety of ways I have been able to serve and be part of the musical community in Newport, Lincoln City and Neskowin. The amount of diversity in what I did and the people I was able to collaborate with is simply stunning to me. In the past week, I was fortunate to work one on one with many excited piano students, taught a student her very first voice lesson, was introduced by a piano student to the silly song “It’s raining tacos,” got to be the accompanist for the Lincoln City Episcopal Church, sang Christmas songs with the Newport based Oregon Coast Chorale, made a Halloween music video for my Duo with Matt, taught African folk songs at the St. James School, coached the choirs at Taft Middle and High School, laughed along with the students at The Neskowin Valley School while we played music rhythm games, rehearsed 4 handed piano duets to accompany the Congregational Church Choir of Lincoln City and sang jazz and soul tunes at a few fantastic local venues with the Matt and Amy White Duo.
I am so thankful for the rich tapestry of amazing musical opportunities that have been given to me and I am in excited anticipation to see what is next. What are you thankful for? When you reflect on the last week of your life what do you find to be simply stunning?