Category Archives: Music

Inspiring Movement: Shuffle Along

I have so much to say about the work Savion is doing and how important it is, but I don’t have time to dive in today. As his contemporary and someone who has shared studio time and the stage with him, I believe he is a key player in keeping the tap community from splitting into camps like it did in the early 20th century.

Just watch this clip from NBC last night and decide for yourself.

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Love,
Lady Grey

Inspiring Music: Hamilton in 7 Minutes

So, maybe I’ve been living under a rock, but I’ve never heard of this a cappella group, Range, until I fell down the YouTube rabbit hole tonight. If you have heard the Hamilton soundtrack, this is a mindblowing mashup of all the songs in the musical in exactly 7 minutes. For me, the things that make it so incredible are the layering of songs and the beautifully unique tone each singer has. It helps that they’ve shot this video so artistically — with great angles and lighting and costuming. So inspired.

Enjoy!

 

Love,
Lady Grey
xoxo

2016 Booking Openings

I’m still free for plenty of teaching and performing every month this year, so don’t hesitate to ask!

March
3/4 & 3/5   Open
3/11 & 3/12 Open
3/18 & 3/19  Open

April
4/1 & 4/2  Open (Philadelphia)
4/8  & 4/9  Open (DC)

May
5/6 & 5/7  Open
5/13 & 5/14  Open

June
6/11  Open (New York City)
6/17 & 6/18  Open
6/24 & 6/25  Open

July
7/8  & 7/9  Open (DC)
7/15 & 7/16  Open
7/22 & 7/23  Open (South Bend/Chicago)
7/29 & 7/30  Open

August
8/19 & 8/20  Open (South Bend/Chicago)
8/26 & 8/27  Open

September
9/2-9/4  Open
9/9 & 9/10  Open
9/16 & 9/17  Open
9/23 & 9/24  Open
9/30  Open

October
10/1  Open
10/7 & 10/8  Open
10/21 – 10/23  TENTATIVE (San Francisco)

November
11/4 & 11/5  Open
11/26   Open

December
12/16 & 12/17  Open

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Inspiring Women: Melody Gardot

gardot4I first discovered this woman when she played an intimate concert in our town’s small theatre back in 2009. When she hit the stage in her stilettos, fedora, corset, dark glasses, and walking stick… oh my, my. I’ve never seen such an icon of femininity. She was by far the sexiest, most confident, most elegant woman I’d seen in my lifetime. Her mode of moving immediately slowed time to a near crawl, and I could feel her energy seep out and roll in waves off the front of the stage to where this quiet, closeted, little Lady Grey sat with her mouth hanging open.

Melody Gardot greeted us in hushed tones, breathy, ethereal, and altogether far too French for me to comprehend. At the time, I didn’t realize I was encountering a woman who understood and lived my love of all things French, from Edith Piaf to the dark streets of Montmartre in the evening.

When she opened her mouth to sing those first life-changing notes, I felt like my soul rose up out of my chest to ride them through the air. She lift her brandy snifter off the piano, took a sip, and started in again. I had no idea then that she had overcome anything. Hell, she was who I aspired to be in that moment… larger than life, magnetic, and magical.

Who could ever have imagined that just a few years prior she had been unable to speak, sing, or walk… let alone stride onto that stage and steal my heart?

But that is exactly what happened. In 2003, she had been hit by a car while riding her bicycle in Philadelphia.She suffered incredible injuries to her spine and head, resulting in a stay at the hospital of over a year. While there, an insightful doctor suggested (thank GOODNESS), that music often was used to reprogram and grow neural pathways. She began writing her music from her bed, while once again learning to brush her teeth, overcome pain, and cope with the overwhelming loss of both her short and long term memory.

gardotTake a moment and watch these videos of her. There is no trace of an injury, no hint of handicap. She is not only a beautiful woman who has overcome so very much, but she is one of my favorite musicians. Her music is her own – copying no one. She has created it from the very depths of her soul, and I believe it will speak to you. Each of the videos I have posted here are completely different. She reinvents herself and reaches and pushes for something new every time she creates. Her new album came out this week, and I hope I’ve already made you a fan.

Love,
Lady Grey