October 4

Last night I watched the Sixty Minutes episode with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. Tony has Alzheimer’s and to see the spark return to his eye when he sang… Oof, what a gift… the power of music.

Bennett’s accompanist, Lee Musiker, said this during the interview:

When I start playing, Tony is completely engaged, and this is a whole new performance and new phrases, new nuance. Nothing short of a miracle.

In this 2-minute video, Lady Gaga talks about her experience with Tony being like jazz, “The ink is the exact music that was written at the time, the exact notes. Once you learn the ink, you can play with it, but you have to listen to each another.”

I call the place in my journaling where two spirals meet, the kernel. I first heard Grünewald Guild Founder Liz Caemmerer use that name when referring to the Guild’s triple spiral labyrinth. It’s a space that holds both the coming and the going, the giving and the receiving.

Perhaps the kernel also holds the spark in Tony’s eye.







“Seven Years of Wonder” is a daily look back at my creative journaling posts since 2014. I began this journey on Feb. 11, 2021, and hope to continue through Feb. 10, 2022. What am I learning about my art and faith journey thus far? What has remained constant? Where have I been changed? How is this impacting present and future art-making?

A deep bow of gratitude to you for keeping me company on this journey.

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