Guess what - I just realized that I don't tell you about other people enough. So I want to tell you some other people to Google some time. They have made my life richer for knowing them and/or their work and so maybe they will be good for you to know too.
https://www.gigirice.com/ - She is my friend from childhood and a funny and good mom and actress. Her website is beautiful, she is beautiful and I am proud to be her friend (even though I did not see myself anywhere on her website). She always lets me play with her when I am in town and makes me feel like she is the one being honored by my visit.
https://www.jakeheggie.com/ - he is also my friend and one of the scary wonderful opera composers who's work for me is like Chris Angel's illusions. I just listen to his music and think HOW DOES HE DO THAT with common elements I thought I knew about until I heard them floating in a way I never contemplated music being able to float? AND he is a really good person who holds my hand when I'm scared.
https://www.robadamsandthephatcats.com/index.cfm - That's my brother on the far left (Jim)!!! He does the same thing Jake does but in a different way. He just sits there and has fun with his harmonica and keyboard and voice and makes people feel good. He's really good and plays in more than one band. He'd be doing this whether people wanted him to or not (believe me, I know cause I grew up with him). I always think of him playing with sound and finding a way to make whatever instrument he came across make music.
https://jenders.vox.com/ - That's my baby, Josh. I am so proud of him that I would need too many pages to tell you why you should love him too. I think I better let him speak for himself though cause well, we moms don't always get the whole boundary thing at this stage of parenting. (Isn't the way he draws nude models adorable?) (See what I mean?)
https://www.creativecaravan.com/ - This is my friend and neighbor, Allie. I've actually seen touched and even own her work. It is so beautiful up close and does for me visually what Jake's music does for my ears. She got on the cover of a book called Bead and Button. She is so un-assuming and this stuff just flows out of her.
https://www.stephenschwartz.com/ - He is famous lately for Wicked but real musical theater people know him from older works like Godspell. And everyone has probably heard him from his compositions for Disney (Pocohontas). He is a real champion for new works and new artists and has been very nice to me when I have asked obvious questions or acted like a sycophant at ASCAP workshops.
https://www.goldrichandheisler.com/ - I like these two also. Brilliant and very nice too! Their future looks bright to me.
Finally, I want to tell you that I am reading Stephen Colbert's book I am America and so can You. His work is so funny. I don't care what side of the political fence you stride, he is so fun to read and you have to read every tiny part of it. No, I don't know him. I wish I did. My face hurts thinking about what it would be like to talk to him.
Wow, once I got started I realized there were so many others I wanted to tell you about. Then I realized what a lame blog this might be since it is basically a list of URL's. So I stopped. I just thought it might be a good idea to share my friends and "wannabe friends' with you. I think I might do this more often but figure out some cool way to do it like popping things up in the top window of your computer when you are minding your own business. That's always welcome. OH, by the way, I get no rewards or pay backs for these promotions. I just really did feel like sharing. Happy googling!