…and the living is easy! I love this time of year. Even though I am never short on lesson plans to write, music to arrange, homework to finish and a never ending barrage of kid stuff to play host/chauffeur for, it still feels like the living is easy. Maybe because without the daily school run, all the other stuff seems less jumbled up and squished in. Maybe it’s because the warmth gives a special glow to my son’s skin and eyes. Or maybe it’s because I am finally starting to realize that relationships mean more than a completed to-do list. A day of studying will have to be recouped no doubt. But spending a day with my multi-generational sister-friends nourishes the soul. And taking time to ooh and ahh over the summer camp war wounds proudly earned in a game of Capture the Flag cements mother-son camaraderie for the years to come. The living is easy when we allow it to be. Even the most difficult moments can be simplified with faith, friendship and a healthy dose of fun and shared laughter. July 4th fireworks remind me that the days are already getting shorter whether we’ve noticed or not. Be sure to relish the sunshine and warmth of summer. It does a body–a soul– good.
Talk about hitting the ground running! After the overseas flight on Thursday, Hedreich is already on the job. This weekend finds her doing a “Repertoire Intensive” seminar with Sweet ‘n’ Sour for their Swing ‘n’ Soul concert. The concert, coming up on the 12th and 13th of this month will also feature choreography by Hedreich. She and the “Sweeties”, under the direction of Ulrich Wolf, have worked together for many years and the concert will be one of the better ones in the region this season. Don’t miss it!
Hedreich’s concert series with The Spirit of Gospel choir played in Zürich to full houses. The 70 singers did an amazing job under the direction of Beat Dähler. The evening began “in Africa” showing the bitter conditions of slavery’s beginnings as the rhythms and melodies were transported–captured and shackeled–across the Atlantic. West African music, field songs, early Spirituals, Gospels and even Soul displayed in all its’ glory, the indomitable spirit of a people who managed to thrive in spite of crushing adversity.
Next up on Hedreich’s agenda is a short stint with Polo Hofer. Check back by to get the details. We’ll leave a light on for ya…