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Munchkin’s Holiday Update: Reindeer Sighting!

Greetings all!   I’m sad that the Munchkins won’t be gathering to deck the halls together this season…it’s the first time in almost 20 years! However, given the current state of affairs, it doesn’t seem that being together, while enthusiastically singing and sharing instruments, is the best idea.  I wish you and your families the healthiest and happiest of holidays, and look forward to when we can once again safely share music together.  Be sure to get your antlers on and jingle some bells together!

In the meantime, stay healthy and happy! And please click here to enjoy this sweet rendition of O Christmas Tree.

Entranced Munchkins!

Munchkin’s Music and Dance Fall Update

Greetings all!  As most of you know, there’s been no Munchkin’s Music and Dance classes this summer.  We took a break (after finishing out the winter/spring session on Zoom!) in hopes that we’d be able to resume in person this fall.  However, given the current state of affairs, it doesn’t seem that being together, while enthusiastically singing and sharing instruments, is the best idea.

 

I greatly miss making music with the little ones!  I so look forward to the day when we can gather once again.  Stay tuned for a possible online option for the late fall (I welcome any feedback about this!)  In the meantime, click here to enjoy a short video from a simpler time 🙂

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Coronavirus Update 12/20 …

Hello all,

I’m sad to say that for the first time in almost 20 years there is no Munchkin’s Holiday class beginning the week after Thanksgiving!  It’s been an ever-popular option for the season, but given the state of world affairs we’ll need to keep the music alive in our homes instead this holiday season.

I’m hope that 2021 brings the opportunity  for us to gather once again.  I’ll keep you posted!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or thoughts…

Musically yours,
Karen

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“Quiet”…the Song Sisters are inspired!

I found the stories, photos, and videos from the Women’s March last January to be incredibly inspiring, but none so much as the performance of the song ‘Quiet’, written by Milck and performed on the spot by her and some women from the GW Sirens, a women’s vocal ensemble whom she had never met before. They rehearsed mainly through Skype, and then came together and performed several flash mobs, including the performance that went viral after the March. It’s a great story…Milck (Connie Lim) had written the song years before, but really felt a need to bring it out with the current political climate. Conditions were ripe for the song’s impact to truly be felt. She was invited on to Samantha Bee’s show to share even further, and now people all over the world are singing it; as one woman said, “When we harmonize we can’t be divided!” What’s awesome is that we’re doing this right here in Crested Butte!!! The Song Sisters have been working on these fantastic harmonies, joining our voices and energies to spread the message. We hope to share our version at some point this summer…stay tuned!

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Harmony Project on CBS Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley

A couple of weeks ago I was contemplating the path my life has taken with music, and what a gift it has been for me to have it in my life. I am filled with gratitude that I am able to share my love for it through my teaching. It’s not always easy, but it’s almost always rewarding! That said, I very often am asked if I teach voice lessons, or know of a choir that people can join, or other permutations of questions from those who feel musically-deprived in some way. One of these days perhaps our valley will have a community choir (which would be amazing!!), but in the meantime I’d been contemplating trying to organize a women’s song circle through which we could raise some voices together. I have some wonderful friends in Asheville, NC, who have succeeded in gathering groups of women for weekend singing retreats at a beautiful cabin in the Georgia mountains for years now. I’ve been fortunate enough to attend a couple of these ‘Mountain Mama’ gatherings, and always leave inspired and with a laughter hangover. So from some of these thoughts the idea for the Song Sisters was born.

But here’s the really cool part. The morning I decided, “OK, I’m going to put myself out there and try to make this happen,’ I called a friend to get her opinion and she said, “That’s crazy! I was just thinking about singing, as I saw a (tear-jerking) fantastic report about a group called the Harmony Project, just this morning!” Seems the stars were aligned. I loved this powerful story, and hope you do too.

TED Talk: How playing an instrument benefits your brain

Isn’t this video the coolest??? It was very validating to me, because for several years I’d been wondering WHY, WHY, WHY couldn’t I sleep after the band I played with finished a gig, or after a late night picking circle with my friends??? Learning that my brain was literally holding in a fireworks display of neural activity made perfect sense, and has somehow made those sleepless nights at least a bit more relaxed.

This video was sent to me by a parent of one of my students, which I greatly appreciated. I watched it on my phone with my three band mates in the musty basement of a house in Boulder, where we trying to rest before a gig in the city. Above our heads a party raged: the kind people who were housing us were hosting a giant ‘Friends-giving’ party that weekend after Thanksgiving. But while there was intense thumping, bumping, laughing, and stomping happening above us, we were all mesmerized by the material in this little clip. Enjoy!

 

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