Making the world a better place through music

Music is the vibration of the entire universe, and the heart and soul of a musician.  It is essential to our common humanity.  It has the power to sooth, inspire, uplift, and motivate us to be better.  We use it to dance, to grieve, to laugh, to celebrate, to heal, and be entertained by. We […]

Transforming Potential Into Reality

I love music!  I love recording it. I love singing and playing it, writing and performing it, sharing it with others, teaching it, talking about it, and . . . well, you get the idea. It’s something I’ve been doing for a long time and, as a result, have developed some skill at. It’s been several […]

Does Stepping Out Of One’s Comfort Zone Have To Be Uncomfortable?

This is the question I’ve been asking myself lately. “Does stepping out of one’s comfort-zone have to be uncomfortable?”  The desired answer to this question is a hopeful “No”. But, the obvious answer would seem to be a resounding “Yes”.  Yet, perhaps, another possibility exists somewhere in between, in a definite “Maybe.” Personal growth, as […]

House Concert a big success

Playing music for people is one of my great joys.  In honor of Joni’s 72nd birthday on November 7th, I hosted a house concert for which I was the performer and host.  As many of you know, Joni Mitchell has been a source of inspiration for me as far back as when I was a teenager. Her music is so […]

Live Music: It’s Good for the Heart

  Being a musician is a special calling and career path that is rich with rewards and rife with unique challenges. I loved the following quote when I read it because I think it does a nice job concisely summarizing the general feeling that musicians have about being a musician.   Musicians – by David Ackert, […]

Post-Concert Reflections

  What a great night I can hardly believe that a whole month has passed since my Joni Mitchell 70th Birthday Tribute Concert (and live recording) at the Narrows Center for the Arts on October 17, 2013, and what a fantastic night it was!  All of my hard work paid off.  My heart was filled […]

Happy 70th birthday to Joni Mitchell

  Today is Joni Mitchell’s 70th birthday (November 7, 2013).  As I reflect on her influence on my life, it’s safe to say that Joni Mitchell single-handedly inspired me to become a musician.  I first heard Joni Mitchell’s music as a teenager in a poetry appreciation class in Junior High School, and instantly became a […]

Behind the Scenes (Part 2)

  In my previous blog (http://blog.debramann.com/behind-the-scenes-part-1/), I wrote about what goes on behind the scenes in preparing for a single concert.  I was surprised to discover how hard I could work, and how focused I could be, while preparing for my Joni MItchell 70th Birthday Tribute Concert (and live recording) at The Narrows Center for the Arts. […]

Behind the scenes (Part 1)

    Recently on my Facebook Fan Page, I mentioned that most people have no idea what goes into a single performance.  At which point, one of my Facebook fans suggested that I write a blog about this very thing. Perfect!  Especially because I am currently preparing for what I consider to be a pretty […]

Falling in love at the Newport Jazz festival

  Jazz festival season is upon us here in RI, home of the legendary Newport Jazz Festival, established in 1954, and billed as the “First Annual American Jazz Festival”. What a fantastic legacy George Wein, founder and concert organizer, has established in “America’s First Resort”. Needless to say, if you are a jazz lover, this […]