It’s been exactly one week since we returned home from APAP60 Flow, January 6-10. Big congrats on your 60th! It was our 12th and it was indeed a steady stream; constant movement and motion of arts professionals, memorable performances and lively conversations. In fact it was overflowing with well, everything performing arts-just the way we like our APAP! It’s a significant investment for all who attend, however we feel connecting with each other, if just for a few moments, may be more poignant now than ever. Digital communication is so darned efficient and cost effective, right?! However, like most people, we still kinda like the human touch – not sure we’d survive or thrive without it.
There was some mighty cold weather too, lots of sniffles and even snowfall this year that was simply gorgeous. We really enjoyed it and we know that’s easy for us to say because we rarely get it in the deep South. Many thanks for indulging the delight we felt as the snow fell so beautifully, and then turned to gray slush! Cynthia grew up in the north and Midwest but her parents moved the family to Florida in the mid 70’s. They never returned to the north except to visit.They were happy to leave the snow behind, and they eventually settled in NC later that decade when she was in her teens. So suffice to say she grew up on ice skates, sledding, sloshing around in melted snow and freezing her little bum off. She was overjoyed with the snowfall in NYC last week during APAP!
As we departed, The New York Times wrote that half the city was sick and that the New Year was starting off, well kind of dreary and a little yucky with all the snow and the sniffles – we are so hoping for an early Spring for our friends in the NE!
We’ve been touring to NYC since the early 80’s and have seen many changes, but we still love the Big Apple and its boundless energy. We went to a show to see a group from NoLA, and Norah Jones was there hanging out having a beer with friends at the Brooklyn Bowl. We later found out that she’s been working with Tank & the Bangas. So that was cool.
Our daughter Marcella was with us working her first APAP, representing her Memphis based group Marcella & Her Lovers. We loved having her meet all our friends in the performing arts. Everyone was so warm, welcoming and supportive.
We saw Joan Osborne do Dylan at Joe’s Pub. She was incredible. As always. Got to say hello to her. It had been awhile since we did the Blues Cruise with her. Big shout out and thanks to our friend Bloomie for hooking us up with tix.
The legendary Ben Vereen was at APAP; gracious, smiling, shaking hands, but every time we passed he was busy. We then saw him at a party we attended at Red Eye Grill with Hancher’s monster gentleman Chuck Swanson and his lovely wife Kim. That’s Ben V. in the pic above.
The highlight though, was seeing all of YOU-our long time friends and some of the most smart and beautiful arts presenters who we are just crazy about! We are very thankful for your friendship, your faith in us and our performances. We want you to know that we are paying attention to your skills and admire how thoughtful you are, as you carefully curate multicultural and diverse performances that keep your patrons well informed, and experiencing high quality art.
We know that you understand the importance of, and are equally committed to presenting black roots music so your patrons never forget that this music is synonymous with the history and cultural identity of our country and the American south. Blues, gospel, jazz and z y d e c o! We are forever grateful to you for that as well.
Much love & respect, T.S & C.S
And this is what we came home to: Cynthia’s amaryllis finally bloomed after 8 weeks indoors and outdoors, forcing the bulb when it turned 75. What a magnificent burst of color to welcome us home!