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National Clarinet Day

Who decides these things?! According to the interwebs, Nov. 16 is National Clarinet Day. But why that day? No one seems to know. And to make matters worse, a group on Facebook has declared May 3 to be National Clarinet…

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Michelle & Charles

Grand Opening Third Eye Books!

Juneteenth Celebration I’m writing this post as I listen to the phenomenal music by Donna Jones and The Delegation, part of the Juneteenth Celebration live-streamed from The Jack London Revue. Great singing and jamming by the whole group. Happy to…

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This is me in 1966, the year "See you in September" was a hit

🎵 School’s Out For Summer! 🎵

See You In September  (bye-bye, so long, farewell) “See You In September”  was a hit by The Happenings in 1966. I was 8 years old and that song’s melody and lyric are burned into my memory banks. Six years later,…

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old reeds

Where do dead reeds go?

To the compost pile! Remember, cane reeds come from bamboo cane. They are grown and harvested and usually stored for a couple of years to ‘age’ and ‘cure’ the cane before they become the clarinet, saxophone, oboe or bassoon reed…

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

“Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people…

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