Jenny's World and Welcome To It

Gerald Dowd: Collaboration is Scary

Gerald Dowd.  I had seen him on stage.  I had been on stage with him.  But I had never really “seen” him, until a Christmas show hosted by Rachel Drew at Sylvie’s. 

He took the stage.  “Oh good,” I thought…

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Chris Neville: He Who Bringeth The Party

If you see Chris Neville on stage, you know you’re in good hands.  You're at a party.

The music is going to be smokin’.  You will be transported.  And you will laugh!  

The kind of laughing you did when life…

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Ron Lazzeretti: The Heart of a True Collaborator

You remember the story of how Robin and I started going to FitzGeralds, right?  How he lured me there and I went reluctantly, with the promise of meeting this one wonderful musical couple?  

One thing led to another, and between…

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Will Duncan: The Legendary FitzGerald's

FitzGerald’s is much more than a legendary venue that, under the leadership of Bill FitzGerald and the watchful eye of Kate FitzGerald, was the first to present artists like Clifton Chenier, Marcia Ball, Pat McLaughlin.  It’s fans are legion, it’s…

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Rising, illuminated

When you get together with friends, and start talking, the line blurs between collaboration and life, doesn't it?  If you've got the right friends, and if you're reading this blog I am quite sure that you do, chances are excellent…

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The next right step

All collaboration begins with a willingness to hear and know what you want to create.  Willingness is the soil that allows an idea to germinate in your consciousness. 

Maybe the idea got there through conscious cultivation, maybe through benign neglect…

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Sam Frazier: It's a Beautiful Thing 

I am lucky enough to be in a couple of songwriter groups, one based in Chicago and one with people from all over the US.  The internet-based group is called The Tunesmiths, and I just spent September collaborating with two…

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"You gonna have to," said the little voice.

"I'm just going to ask him again."


My husband Robin Bienemann hardly ever uses exclamation points in his speaking voice. 

But there he was, and there they were, telling me to not ask this artist who had turned me…

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