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Greetings from the "JAZZMOM"

Latest News - May 2020

Dear Friends, Fans and Curious Onlookers,

Dang...if this isn’t the weirdest time in recent history, I don’t know what is. Covid-19 has put a wrench in so many lives, and certainly affected the musical plans that I had in place for the upcoming months. My choir students at East Anchorage High School have been forced to complete their 4th quarter with on-line instruction. Hmmm....how shall I teach choir on-line? Well, let me be the first to tell you, it’s not fun. In fact, it’s a drag! Making music together is all about relationships, and creating memories during rehearsals and performances. The loss I feel by not physically being in the same rehearsal space with my students is indescribable. Rehearsing via Zoom is literally not possible and not an option. So, to all the students “out there, “I’m so sorry for what you are having to endure.”

Segue from “Mrs. Fischer” to “Jazzmom”. Of course, any and all gigs from March 15th and beyond have been canceled. That is sad for sure. I was so looking forward to the Brubeck Centennial Celebration, Spenard Jazz Festival and gigs at O’Malley’s On the Green and the Anchorage Brewing Company. But, I will set my sights on some possible performances using live streaming techniques and other cool “techy” platforms. When I receive news of these possibilities and opportunities, I will share them with you!

Until then, I sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are healthy, safe and taking steps to help our community get through this challenging time. Remember that music can be healing. Log into a virtual concert. There are some great Live Facebook Shows that I’ve run across. Then Venmo (or PayPal) that artist a tip...they’re not getting paid! Most importantly, “Be Kind Everyday!” That simple act just might change somebody’s day and could ultimately save our world.

Melissa “The Jazzmom”

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