R.I.P. Richie Havens

R.I.P. Richie Havens

The African-American folk-singer came to fame with his iconic performance of  Freedom – riffing on the song “Motherless Child” at Woodstock (in part because he had been playing for more than two hours to fill in and had run out of songs!). Speaking to WBUR’s Tom Ashcroft in 2005, Richie said I have been inspired […]

“They picked the wrong city”

  Whoever planted the bombs picked the wrong city if they were trying to kill a lot of people, said Dr. Ron Medzon, one of the ER doctors at Boston Medical Center responsible for saving many lives on Monday.  From the nurses and doctors who were tending blisters and dehydration before their first aid station […]

New Summer Concerts added!

Celia will be performing in Sam Adams Park in Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall as part of the Concerts on the Arcade summer series sponsored by Boston City Hall.  The concert is free and will be held on Friday August 9 4-6 pm.  Jane Potter on Piano, Thomas Hebb on Bass and drummer TBA. Celia will […]

Celia to host Open Mic series at Somerville Armory

Celia will be hosting a New Open Mic series at the Somerville Armory, with accompanist Bill Duffy.  The Open Mic is for vocalists in all styles: jazz, pop, musical theater, singer-songwriter, etc.  Feel free to bring your own instrument, as well.  The first session will be Tuesday, May 14, with subsequent sessions to be on […]

Boston Jazz Week Concert 4/26

Jazz Week, a collaborative, decentralized celebration of the music by the entire Greater Boston jazz community, returns this spring for the seventh consecutive year from April 26th through May 5th. The theme for the 10-day event, which is coordinated and promoted by JazzBoston, is Jazz is in the house! In keeping with the theme, Celia […]

Remember Grenada?

Last week we played a little hooky and took off on a short Caribbean vacation.  We chose the island of Grenada for its abundance of natural beauty and its scarcity of shopping malls and casinos.   I had a vague recollection we had invaded Grenada way back in the Reagan administration, but I had no […]

Colds and Singing

Colds and Singing

To sing or not to sing? With winter colds and flu upon us, I thought I might address this important issue. There are many factors to consider when you cancel a professional engagement as a singer. Foremost, you need to protect your long-term vocal health, while keeping your reputation and career goals intact. Now, I […]

Songwriting – Craftsmanship

Woo-hoo! Success at last.  Ok, I haven’t sold a song to a major label.  Or won a Grammy.  But I have completed a song and I don’t hate it.  I broke through my writer’s block – which I finally identified as mostly fear of criticism – and stuck with a rough idea long enough to […]

Songwriting – Putting Form to Feeling

As I wrote in my previous blog, “Courting the Muse,” I had gotten out of the habit of songwriting (a little detour called LIFE) and have been trying to get back and discover a source of inspiration. One thing that feeds my creative juices, and is so difficult and rare to find, is the opportunity […]

Dealing with Criticism

I had planned to continue blogging on the subject of approaches to songwriting. But since this week, through conversations on Facebook and in my studio, I’m hearing some of my students deal with the effects of crushing criticism,I’ve decided to share some thoughts about it. Anyway, that is something that can be a block to […]