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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Advice for Becoming a Professional Musician

  A mutual friend, interested in becoming a professional musician, recently asked me to answer a few questions about what it’s like to be a professional musician, and how I got started.   I had never met this person, who contacted me by email, so I had no idea of her ability, or natural talent. […]