Starting Point:  Atlanta

                                  The best place                                      to start is now.                                      Now is a “now”                                      none of us                                              dreamed of, and                                    forces one to be                                    totally present.                                      We are in a                                            pandemic, and I                                    have made the choice to isolate, and dive completely into the work I am meant to do during this time of “waiting”. What keeps me present, and relatively sane, are the music, and lyrics that flow through me, as I have not experienced before. I don’t feel alone, as isolated alludes to. Rather I feel that those who guide me, and always have, are with me. They protect, channel lyrics and music, and help me to feel that I can do this gig alone.

I have completed the songs needed for a show that is titled “Patchwork”. It is loosely based on my life, and those who either were solely connected to me, or who also had a connection to each other. I don’t know where this work will “land”: either as a film, or a show. It has its own trajectory, and I will observe as it finds the people who will “join the party”. There is a song in the show that I began writing just before we were all told to stay home, and our beautiful city was locked down. The lyrics seem to be addressing the pandemic: “What Now, the curtain’s closed. What Now, they all went home,” and yet it wasn’t. There’s another line seeming to address the Broadway “houses”: “What Now? The house is dark? What Now, it lost its spark. What Now?”. I still can’t sing it without crying. I remember the third verse was clearly written as I sit here and wonder about my life.

The Now:  NYC

It is now month

ten, and I have

just completed

the closing song

that is more like

a Rhapsody. It

is four and a

half minutes long:

addressing the

division in our country (and world), and how both sides need to be there for there to be a unity of all people, regardless of who they define themselves as. The only component that will cure the disease medically, and the disease socially, is love.