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I hope you will agree with me that we have an interesting January planned.  New Music, more workshops and the anticipation of our own cookbook plus maybe a surprise along the way. And we will welcome a new member. All good stuff.

For Thursday you will need “ain’t misbehavin” , “Hi Neighbor”,”It don’t mean a thing” , and ” Will the circle be unbroken”. And if it is up on the website , you will need the first of 3 new pieces. This one is ” Route 66″.  If it isn’t up yet, it will be soon.  Just need to get all the parts recorded.  It is a great piece with solos, audience participation and 5 and 6 part chords.  And Not Hard! 

As for the Musicales.  The Tuesday date is filled but the 2 o’clock, Saturday, January 23rd is wide open.  Let me know if you are interested.

After talking with some of you about Musicales, I thought an explanation was in order.  Think of kindergarten show and tell.  Thats what this is. Just a new fancy name for it.  It does not have to be anything to do with music. 

And it has been requested that people should be able to just join and enjoy the event without participating .  So I will list the link in the directors notes and plan on visitors as well as participants.  For Tuesday, January 12th at 2:00 we will hear from Kathy, Terry, Kelly, Barbara and me. 

Please read the “Last words of the Year” below if you haven’t looked at them already .

Last words of the year

Paul and I (and Matt , Susan and Julia) enjoyed all the yummies in the edible flower basket.  It was a real lift to our spirits. Never thought pineapple and chocolate,  shaped like reindeer, could taste so good!  Thank You.

This year has been quite a ride and I’ve enjoyed it all in a strange way.  Who would have thought that on this Christmas Sunday, a church in Evanston , with the distinction of being one of the oldest and most progressive churches in the area would feature our video of Carol of the Bells as the closing postlude.  It was lovely and thoroughly enjoyed by the entire congregation.  We have indeed added to the holiday cheer for an expanded audience.  We should feel good about that.

And the number of friends and family who have enjoyed our video and played it for their Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations is edging up to that 1000 mark.  

Even though we won’t be together for a few weeks, much work is being done to prepare for our rehearsals in January.  I look forward to new songs and new videos.  

See you in 2021