Member of Music Teachers Association of California • National Association of Teachers of Singing

A Tribute to Yakob Basner

A Tribute to Yakob Basner 12/8/1927 – 9/8/2021 My Yiddish Coach, Friend, and Holocaust Survivor Photo courtesy of SoCal Arbeter Ring/Workers Circle It is with sadness that I share the passing of Yakob Basner; an incredible teacher, Yiddishist, Holocaust...

Shanah Tovah

When I was a young girl, if I was upset because I had nothing planned for New Years Eve (December 31), my mother would always say “Why should you care about celebrating New Year’s Eve? It’s not our holiday!”  She would always emphasize the word our to remind me...

A Little Break

Taking a staycation break.  With the pandemic ever present, I plan on remaining close to home and resume my blog in a few weeks. Enjoy the rest of your summer and stay cool! –Harriet

Looking Forward to My Next Concert!

 With the excitement and fulfillment of performing live at my June 6 backyard concert I can’t help but think about the next concert!  My daughter Rachel recently posted a quote on Facebook by the psychologist and author Brené Brown.  It was so good that I hope she...

A Long Awaited Concert is Here!

When I decided in mid May to perform both a live and virtual streaming concert in my backyard for the first week of June, to be honest I did not give the cost or details of producing a full-blown concert a second thought. All I knew was that my accordionist Ben Gown...

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

I once read a book called “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway.”  I don’t remember too much about the book itself, but I never forgot the title.  With the pandemic ‘almost’ behind us my inner performer needs to start performing live again.  I am tired...

Losing Sleep for a Good Cause

I have this slight problem.  I can never sleep more than five hours.  It doesn’t matter what time I go to bed.  If I go to bed at 11PM, which is usually not my style, at precisely 4:00 AM I wake up.  What am I supposed to do…feed the...

Updates on Yom HaShoah Event

(**See Link Below to View Program**) I am still coming down from my high from my first successful Zoom performance of Tears, Joy, and Hope: Yiddish Songs Written in the Jewish Ghetto. Zoom does have its limitations, but I could not have done this without my new...

Passover and the Pandemic

Truth be told, I never know what I am going to write about until I sit down at the computer and start typing.  So much has happened in the last two weeks. Do I talk about the heinous crimes the Asian American community has been subjected to recently? Do I bring...

Reflections on the past year

*Special recording included Who could have known that the title of my concert, “Tears, Joy, and Hope would parallel the human experience of a Pandemic so closely?  Jews experienced their own lockdown and uncertainty between 1939 and 1945 by being forced to live...
A Lot Happening

A Lot Happening

Have you ever woken up with a knot in your stomach and it doesn’t go away?  I thought to myself, “Should I take a walk to relieve any built up stress?”  I took my three mile power walk, rehearsing my Yiddish songs behind my mask as I walked, but the knot was...

Finding my Motivation

Last week I struggled to even begin writing this blog.  Can I blame my procrastination on the inauguration?  YES, of course I can!  It was a life-changing event for many people. For the first time ever, young African American girls were seeing someone...
My Next Project

My Next Project

My husband said, “Don’t bring up the attack on the Capitol! No one wants to read about that on your blog.”  But when I saw a man wearing a sweatshirt with large bold letters that read “Camp Auschwitz” and remembered how 1.1 million people were put to their...