My last post mentioned my previous absence and here I am again after another bunch of months away from my blog. Apologies to readers and to my blog, itself. The myriad of reasons I didn't post in such a long time includes the fact that I was doing a lot of introspection that was better left publicly unsaid. On the heels of that came sweeping changes in my personal life, including a residential move. Since February I've been preparing the house I now live in and going through separation anxiety with my former residence. I'm a very sentimental person and that sentiment runs deep. The new abode is much, much larger than the old one. And it even has modern electrical outlets ! It's very nice :)
A persistent stream of family crises involving relatives hit the scene, too. For the most part those matters are still manifesting -- are unresolved, except in my mind -- where I've turned the corner and am good with that wonderful axiom "It is what it is" :) Tra la! And I'm blessed to have the very most wonderful of friends with whom I can share life's ups and downs.
Here's some happy news I can give my readers who followed my posts about my dog's (past) serious medical problem: She is in great shape now and, in August, celebrated her 11th birthday! Dixie Lee is showing signs of age, but still scouts the yard tracking the scents of rabbits and squirrels; and she can break into an easy gallop in a split second when she wants to.
A couple of months ago I recorded two songs at Songwriters' Studio; they are my original "A New Face On The Blues" and my arrangement of cover "Blue Moon". I need to put them up on my Reverbnation page. They turned out really well :)
I now have three pianos (plus my Yamaha keyboard). They are Buddy, Bunkie, and Bonnie. Bunkie was in residence here when I moved in. He's a great piano, though way different in style and character than Buddy the baby grand. And Bonnie came to me via a neighbor on my former street, who didn't want her anymore.
Please do check out my website at http://www.claralandau.com -- which I updated yesterday -- new pictures, text edits, and some new stuff!
Yes, I'm as upset as everyone about current and recent politics ... NSA spying , the Obamacare tax mandate, and an article I read a few days ago that reports on government vehicles and weapons being turned over to local police departments to use on Main Street, USA. This points to the prediction I made months ago (when I hoped to be wrong) about local police departments being sort of "deputized" by the feds in order to prevent any perceived overt action of citizens against government policies.
I'm ready to start jamming again, so I'd love to be in touch with musicians who are like-minded. I've got the space here now to jam; I also would love to find or form a hand-drum circle.
We're heading into the "holiday season" ... hard to believe; it seems like yesterday was mid-summer. Thanksgiving is, in my opinion, the most worthy of all holidays! I know we should be thankful every day and I am, but I think that designating and celebrating a day in the spirit of thankfulness is a really good thing! I wish a gracious and joyful Thanksgiving to each and all.