Less Noise, More Clarity

The lights dimmed in the chapel before the musicians stepped on to the altar. No central heat in chilly La Sainte-Chapelle, but we were warm enough in our coats and scarves, sitting close together on red-cushioned chairs. The ornate ceiling soared high above us, and stained-glass windows glowed like dreams, even in the darkness. How... Continue Reading →

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Monday Morning Music: MJB = My Favorite Things

I wasn't looking for this; in fact I didn't even know I needed it. But, oh, it is very, very necessary: Mary J. Blige channeling Julie Andrews in a cover of 'My Favorite Things'. I know, right? It's perfect. In her interpretation, 'schnitzel' and 'strudel' are no longer tasty dishes, but Mary's own bittersweet memories... Continue Reading →

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