Category Archives: music

Whirlwind trip to the Windy City

This past weekend we spent less than 24 hours in Chicago, but made the most of it. Arriving around noon on Saturday, we parked our car in the Millennium Garage and set out on foot to our first stop, the … Continue reading

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Adventures with the Bloomington Brass Band

Happy Labor Day! Our hot, humid summer may be drawing to a close, but my musical adventures continue full speed. On Saturday I played French horn in the Bloomington Community Band’s performance at the 4th Street Fair of Arts and … Continue reading

Posted in Bloomington, Indiana, brass band, holidays, music

Carrie Newcomer and a Community of Friends

Yesterday after a week of high heat and humidity the weather cooperated by giving us a perfect evening for an outdoor concert by one of my favorite singer/songwriters, Carrie Newcomer. Tension evaporated as the richness of her voice and the … Continue reading

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Summer fun in Bloomington–visitors, limestone, and gardens

  Summer has brought storms, heat, and visitors to Bloomington. One of the fun things about showing out-of-town guests around is discovering new pieces of information about our campus and community. The McKinney fountain stands on Jordan Avenue in front … Continue reading

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Somewhere Over-the-Rhine

Years ago, probably in the mid-1990s, a friend took me to a coffeehouse/bookshop in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine District. I recall being a bit nervous because of the area’s reputation for crime and drugs, but the coffeehouse was lovely, with its pressed … Continue reading

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Sunflower State of Mind

When I was growing up on the farm, Mom used to play “Sunflower” on the piano and I would sing along to the zippy tune: “I was born in Kansas, I was bred in Kansas, and when I get married, … Continue reading

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Hang on, spring is coming

Snowbirds are returning north, but this year spring is proving a bit elusive. On our return home, we stopped in Warm Springs, Georgia, a charming little town where Franklin D. Roosevelt sought relief from his polio-weary body. After visiting the … Continue reading

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