A Eulogy for the woman who was and the girl who never got to be

Yesterday was my sister’s memorial service.  She was 31.  I’m not going to go into great detail, I already wrote about my reaction the day she died and when her dog, my first niece, passed.  Here it is, my sister’s life, summed up in written form the best way I know how.

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A big story of Massachusetts maritime history is coming to the movies

I don’t know what it is, but something about the sea fascinates me, and has for most of my life.  Maybe it’s because the sea has played various roles in my family history – some big and some small.  Maybe it’s because ships captured my imagination as a little boy the way trucks or cars or airplanes do for most young boys.  For years as a kid, my favorite “souvenir” I would get from my trips to the Cape or Martha’s Vineyard was one of those little wooden ships, usually a fishing boat of some kind, that you find in local shops.  And I have been reading books about New England maritime history for years.

So anyway, it turns out that early next year there is a movie coming out based on the Michael Tougias book The Finest Hours

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Jasmine Hopkins – my first niece

For those of you playing along at home, it’s been a really weird month here at Casa Dachshund.  The really good, new jobs that are awesome, has nearly been outweighed by the terrible, death and destruction.

Today there was more death.  My first niece died.  Jasmine, my sister’s Pomeranian, left us.

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Just like that, you’re gone

We don’t always know when a chapter in our lives ends.  Very often it happens with a small sound, a wisp of smoke, or the tiniest wrinkle.

Then there are days like today when a chapter closes with a resolute BANG!  A sound like a dictionary being dropped on the floor.  The slamming of an old solid oak door with all the force of the gale behind it – BOOM.

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Charleston, the Confederate flag, and the Civil War

It has taken a while for me to process everything that has happened in the past couple of weeks. And truthfully, I am still processing it.

Never, in my life, would I have predicted that the discussion to get rid of the Confederate flag once and for all would begin in Charleston, South Carolina.

The same place where the Civil War began, all those years ago.

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Follow-up on our Lightbringer theory

Now that Season Five is over, time for some more speculation about Season Six.

I am quite excited about some of the hints that have been dropped about the way Season Six will go, based on the casting calls.  And our earlier speculation about the identity of Lightbringer may well be tested.

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New Hampshire People! Get some Jazz!

I’m bringing you greetings from the inimitable Dave Scott.  He’s got two gigs coming up in New Hampshire.  They both sound fantastic, especially the one in Portsmouth because 1) it’s in Portsmouth and 2) Beatles.

Go if you can, Dave and his friends make great music and great fun. From Dave:

FRIDAY, JUNE 19th, 8 p.m.  THE PURPLE PIT in Bristol, NH, $14

This is another Jonathan Lorentz “joint.”  You hopefully know Jon as the tireless (well, I have to assume he gets tired at some point, with all the teaching and playing and family-manning and gig curating he does) sax player and impresario of a number of performance situations throughout New Hampshire.  He’s put together a new performance situation at this nice coffee place and restaurant in Bristol.  There’s a whole summer and fall full of entertainment planned!  Check out one of the shows, if you’re in the area or are traveling there, so that the music endures at this location.

DYAD
(David Thorne Scott – voice, bass, trumpet, mandolin, melodica)
(Mark Shilansky – piano, voice, intent to play other instruments at some point)
http://www.thepurplepit.com

DYAD-CD-cover

Sunday, June 21st
6-9 PM at THE PRESS ROOM, 77 Daniel St, Portsmouth NH, $10 

THE META-BEAT!
We are the Meta-beat, and we were born out of numerous lunch-time conversations between Les Harris and Mark Shilansky. As such, we play the music of the Beatles, plus solo Beatle material, plus music by Beatle collaborators and contemporaries, often in medleys.  We recontextualize things as well, so though we are often doing straight-up covers, we also will play instrumental versions of tunes, swing some of them, latin-ize some of them, play an early Beatles tune in the style of the later Beatles, mash them up, reharmonize them.  It’s fun and I think fun to listen to as well, and this gig we have a very special guest because Sara Caswell is joining us.

M.S. – piano/voice, David Thorne Scott – voice, Les Harris Jr – drums/voice, Aubrey Harris – bass/voice, Eric Byers – guitars/voice, Special Guest: Sara Caswell – violin

I’m working tomorrow night, but if we can make it to the performance in Portsmouth, we will.  Go out, get some culture, tell your friends!

~Kelly

Catching up with Game of Thrones, Part Two

Since I spent my last post talking about Stannis, I thought with this one I would talk a bit about what else is going on in the North, especially with the Night’s Watch, the Starks, and the rest of the North in general.

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Catching up with Game of Thrones, Part One

Well.  Where to begin?

I guess you could say the last few episodes of Game of Thrones have been eventful, to put it mildly.  And since I have started my new job (not to mention my part-time academy class), I have not done a lot of writing here on our blog. So it’s time to do some catching up.

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Really Good Music for a Really Good Cause- Benefit Concert for Tom Zajac

The greater Boston community of Early Music folks is coming together tomorrow night to do something that, in my many years here, is pretty much unprecedented.  We’re getting together to give our time, talent, and treasure for the benefit of another musician.

Tom Zajac is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and teacher.  He’s a musical powerhouse and also just a really nice guy.  As it sometimes happens with the vagaries of nature, he’s had a series of totally necessary medical procedures and uncomfortable surgeries that have left him unable to keep up with his usual number of gigs, teaching assignments, and concerts.  That means that despite what insurance is covering, he’s facing an income gap.

We’re trying to fix that.

Tomorrow night at 6:00pm as a part of the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert Series friends of Tom Zajac will present Battaglia d’Amor: A Benefit Concert for Tom Zajac, an All Star Lineup of groups in concert at First Lutheran Church, Boston.  For those of you playing along at home, that’s 299 Berkeley Street Boston, MA 02116 in the heart of the Back Bay.

Are you ready for this?  This is the list of performers.  It’s like a rock star list of the early music groups from Boston and beyond.  Here they are, in no particular order:

If you’re planning on attending, please RSVP here.  We’re expecting this to be completely sold out and SRO.  Admission is a suggested donation of $20, though you’re welcome to give more if you are able.  All money will go directly to Tom.  Everyone, all performers, staff, the venue, and the publicity from BEMF, is all being donated on his behalf.  Everything.

If you can’t attend and would still like to help out, there’s a GoFundMe page set up here.  We’re almost at our goal.  If you can help out, please do.  Ideally we’d like to smash that goal to pieces.

I’ll be there tomorrow night working front of house on behalf of Cappella Clausura and Meravelha.  In advance I’d like to thank you for your help and for being a part of this fantastic community effort.

~Kelly