It was such a blast to record these tracks with the late great Alex Brown, who was one of the backing vocalists for Stevie Wonder's backing band "Wonderlove" in the 70s and 80s, and for Elton John's Reg Strikes Back tour in 1988. It really is a fitting tribute to the legends of Motown: Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.
I am very sad to say that my friend and music colleague, Grammy-winning cellist David Darling, has passed away peacefully in January. Mr. Darling was a longtime member of Paul Winter’s Consort and Spyro Gyra for years. His health was declining for some time now.
One of the major projects that I was part of was engraving the music for his album Homage to Kindness that was nominated for a 2020 Grammy award for Best New Age Album. Even though it did not win this year, it did win in my book. Thank you Mr. Darling for being probably the most inspirational musician I have ever encountered and worked with.
My goal is to finish up our pending projects this year and next year.
In memory of Mr. Darling, please consider supporting and donating to his life’s cause: an organization called Music for People. It was founded in 1986 by him and his daughter.
In this pilot episode of a new 2019 educational series in Connecticut, titled: "Teaching Online During COVID-19," I explain how to teach a form of writing, called blogging. Our world is digital today. People read and write, and pretty much do all their work on the web. Gone are the handwritten assignments and essays. It is important for students to be digitally literate in today's ever-changing world. It is also important for teachers to begin working with students on how to actually communicate appropriately, respectfully, and effectively online.
Technology is never going away. Further, due to COVID-19, the education system must begin to move to relevant practices. Blogging is one of many such practices. We can not achieve "skills needed for the 21st century" if we are not actually teaching 21st century skills. My educational series teaches students how to communicate effectively on the web, and teaches educators how to foster real-world digital literacy skills.