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A few days ago, we pulled into Katonah, New York – just 10 minutes away from our former home in Yorktown Heights. We’re parked in the driveway of our good friends, Sandi and Paul, while we do a bunch of gigs in the area and visit with friends and family.

Was it weird to come back to this place after 3+ months? And how was it to be here without owning the old place?

I think that Beth’s answers to these questions would be more interesting if you’re expecting a dramatic, emotional reaction. In fact, I’ve encouraged her to write a post so that she could express her feelings and share them with you. In general, my emotions run about 2 weeks behind hers. Ha!

Why? I think it’s a form of protection. To keep safe and get things done, I turn my emotions to the off position, at least temporarily. Right now, my central nervous system is not ready to deal with homesickness AND all of the other things going on. As I said, we’ve been doing a lot of gigs and that alone has been enough for me to focus on, thank you very much.

What I can tell you about are the gigs. We’ve been to four schools so far and I am very relieved to say that we performed well in just about every instance. At three schools, we did concerts. Yesterday, we returned to our favorite program – the John Lennon Real Love Project (JLRLP) – and it was very exciting.

In case you’ve never heard about this program, here’s the scoop.  It’s a two-part presentation and workshop program sponsored by a non-profit called Theatre Within. With their support, we provide schools-in-need with a presentation about Lennon, the Beatles and his solo career and then facilitate a songwriting workshop. During that last part, we use Lennon’s song, Real Love, and write and record new lyrics penned by the kids about kindness, love, peace and equality.

Pretty cool, huh?

If you’re interested in Lennon program for a school in your area of the country, please encourage a school admin to go to LennonRealLove.org and fill out an application.

I think my favorite moment was when a little third-grade girl came up to me after the workshop. Having heard about John Lennon’s untimely death, she said to me, “My grandma died last month. I loved her so much and I miss her.”

Covid or no, I asked if I could give her a hug. And she said “yes” and then went off to join her class. I felt the tears at the corners of my eyes.

The JLRLP might be about John’s life and it’s wonderful to share his story and his music. But what makes this program special is connecting with people on an emotional and artistic level. So, I guess my feelings aren’t completely turned to “off”. I’m just finding them in a different place, somewhere I’ve always found them, around the heart of music.

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