Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Inga Swearingen at Soho in Santa Barbara

Inga Swearingen “paints time” with her beautifully crafted voice to temporarily shift our mad dash forward, creating a safe haven to remind us how precious each moment can be. It was a rare treat to see Inga immersed in her performance Monday night at SOhO in Santa Barbara accompanied by a versatile band. She radiated sensuality as she sang, “Get your Kicks on Route 66.” Her fluid "scat" singing always stays in the moment and really swings in counterpoint, light and agile, with tones reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald. She let us into her heart felt serenity she shares with her husband in her recent original, “Two Trees”, swimming in the currents of her music and painting time for us all to see. Sharing the moments of her brilliant capabilities was a delightful way to spend an evening.

Though modest and decidedly reticent at self aggrandizement, a new listener may be catapulted forward in acceptance, if informed that Inga won “ The Shure Jazz Voice Competition” at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2003.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Dennis Miller To The Heart Of The Matter

I wholeheartedly agree with Dennis Miller when he said on his radio show that if you’re going to call Sarah Palin dumb, then, by the same token, you should call Caroline Kennedy dumb too. Of course neither of them is dumb; they are both quite accomplished in their own rights. But when Dennis continued by informing his listeners that Sarah Palin had been on a crab boat such as those seen in the documentary entitled, “The Deadliest Catch”, which is filmed off the coast of Alaska, I developed a solemn respect of this woman. It only adds to my confidence that she has a character and a passion for life usually overlooked in favor of style among the Washington elite and thus the fodder for derision as a means of marginalizing this true person of action.