photoThe month of April showered me with many gifts, and I’m curious to see what grows out of it. For one, a budding friendship with brilliant pianist Jacob Fjeldheim, who accompanied me on two back-to-back shows during my recent trip to Florida. The first was an intimate venue featuring my City Light show, with original songs and art images.

The following night, we had great fun performing jazz standards at the swanky Stop Children’s Cancer Fantasy Event.  Check out this snippet of Jacob and me during soundcheck, just before the soirée began.

I find that I have just as much fun with the background gigs as I do with the foreground ones. I love being able to set the tone and create a festive atmosphere as people are mingling and munching on fancy hors d’oeuvres. And I love to think that maybe I’m helping to put everyone in a more giving mood. Plus I get to play dress up!

Cottage RowWhile in Florida, I heard that my song City Light was featured in the April issue of The New Fillmore, a local newspaper back here in San Francisco. The online version even includes the video where Steven Strauss and I take a field trip to Cottage Row to sing to the redwood trees. The trees are gone now, but the song lives on. Click image to read the full story.

So now that I’m famous in the ‘hood, who knows what’s in store? Maybe Steven and I will continue our parks tour, singing to all the trees we can find. Here we are with the wind and wild parrots keeping time.

Have a fruitful summer, my friends!