Channel Magic

By |2020-04-30T16:29:28-04:00May 9th, 2014|Blog Post, Singing, Stagecraft|

You've got to find some way of saying it, without saying it. - Duke Ellington In cabaret, I've experienced enormous freedom. I've lived moment-to-moment for an hour at a time, using anything that comes up in myself and offering that to my musicians and my audience. The result of my dipping into my own emotional palette is that others dip into [...]

A Glorious School for the Heart

By |2020-04-30T16:29:41-04:00February 24th, 2014|Blog Post, Life Arts, Storytelling|

 "Nature is a glorious school for the heart! I shall be a scholar in this school and bring an eager heart to her instruction. Here I shall learn wisdom, the only wisdom that is free from disgust; here I shall learn to know God and find a foretaste of heaven in His knowledge. Among these occupations my earthly days [...]

Harmony is for the Birds

By |2020-04-30T16:29:50-04:00January 23rd, 2014|Blog Post, Life Arts, Self Mastery|

Let's face it: some music is really hard on the ears! I don't mean the noise that's out there, I mean the real and serious music. What makes music rough is this beautiful, unstable and highly useful thing called dissonance. In a dissonant chord, the notes aren't aligned harmonically and so the sound is tense and unpleasant. But dissonance [...]

The Seed Within

By |2020-04-30T16:29:59-04:00January 4th, 2014|Blog Post, Life Arts, Self Mastery|

Within us all there is a seed of resplendent life force. We artists feel it especially. This seed lies in its casing, a hard exterior shell.  We have to let the flowering take place. For an artist this is always a necessity...this having to bloom. We cannot help it. We can hinder it, prevent it, stifle it, go another way. It does not go [...]

Love Is Most High

By |2020-04-30T16:16:59-04:00December 24th, 2013|Prose & Poetry, Writing|

Love is most high More high than sky More salty than the tear From my Beloved's eye And sweeter than a drop of dew Born in a strand of morning's new For love is tall More tall than all More patient than the ancient earth Awaiting autumn's fall And restless as a song of spring Unthroated and untiring For love [...]

On Being a Towering Figure

By |2020-04-30T16:30:13-04:00December 6th, 2013|Blog Post, Life Arts, Self Mastery|

The towering figure called Nelson Mandela has died. This is the poem that got him through prison: Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of [...]

Don’t show us, let us find it

By |2020-04-30T16:30:25-04:00November 24th, 2013|Acting, Blog Post, Public Speaking, Singing, Stagecraft|

I attended a screening of the new film, Nebraska, with my Canadian actor and pal Jean Brassard. What a truthful bit of film-making it is and what amazing casting! In the live chat with Bruce Dern that followed, he shared some of his wisdom: 1. Don't push. Don't perform. Don't show us anything. Let us find it. 2. Always [...]

Still Body, Animated Mind

By |2020-04-30T16:28:50-04:00November 9th, 2013|Acting, Public Speaking, Singing, Stagecraft|

What is it that's so powerful about the performers who can command the stage in stillness? I've felt their confidence and comfort in their bodies. I've felt the force of their imagination. In striving for this stage stillness and power in myself, I've watched them. And I've watched the video footage of my own concerts (yikes! - there is no more [...]

Karen and the Brits

By |2020-04-30T16:34:06-04:00July 9th, 2013|Key Dates, News & Events|

In the summer of 2013, following a concert at the German-Heritage Museum in Los Angeles to mark the 50th Anniversary of JFK's historic visit to Berlin, Karen took her longest running (since 1995) cabaret act Das Kabarett: European Cabaret and American Pop and headed to London for a run at the Crazy Coqs Cabaret. Leigh Thompson accompanied. From April [...]

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