You will find details of my upcoming performances at the top of the page and you can scroll down a bit to read more of my blog entries too. Thank you so much for your visit and support!
Upcoming Singing Performances
Summer’s come to a close, and we’re welcoming fall by performing at the Villa D’Este!
Monday, November 4, 2013 “Supper Club Nite”
6:30 to 8:30pm
Jazz, Show Tunes, Standards, Glamour!
Bill Ramos, Kathy Holly, Kat Fitzgerald, Dorothy Donnel, and me with special guest Diana Lacson!
Musicians: David Miotke, Piano & Chris Amberger, Bass.
6:30 to 8:30pm
The Villa D’Este, 2623 Ocean Ave. @ 19th Ave. San Francisco
Telephone: 415.334.0580. www.villadesterestaurantsf.com
Special Dinner Menu on Supper Club Nights! Street Parking!
Phone the restaurant directly for reservations!
Falling into Fall CABARET NIGHT
October 24, 2013!
7:00 to 10:00 p.m. show
Location: Sausalito Cruising Club, 300 Napa Street Sausalito, CA 94965
Details: … The Sausalito Cruising Club presents a fabulous”CABARET NIGHT” featuring Bay Area Stars! The Supper Club Six. The wonderful singers I share the stage with this time are:
The Supper Club Six, Connie Ducey, The Blenders and Juli Stewart
Musicians: Dave Miotke, Piano and Chris Amberger, Bass
Help me celebrate my birthday. (It’s on the 26th but I love the Cruising Club and think it’ll be fun to have a celebration there this year.) I’m reserving a table for my guests Please let me know if you’d like to be at that table. Please do still go ahead and let Kathy know your name(s) for the guest list.
* Show includes Buffet Dinner Buffet will be served at 6 p.m. and continues throughout the dinner hours. Show starts at 7 p.m.
* $25 Dollar cash at the door (Club members $20.00)
* No Host Bar
NOTE: This is a private club. All guest’s names must be emailed to: Kathy Holly email@example.com in advance. Large group tables are available. Must pay in advance for large group tables and arrive by 6:45 to claim. Call Kathy Holly 415.269.8699 to arrange for large groups. “A Holly Production” www.kathyholly.com -”Supper Club Six” SAUSALITO
Has your summer brought you a sense of renewal? I was recently pondering ways to maintain the wonderful sense of renewal that I feel after a long weekend or vacation once I’m back home. First of all we need to figure out what actually renews us. Each of us is unique and our needs change all the time. It isn’t always the things we read about doing or think we should do that offer the best renewal choice. For example, sometimes when I finally sit down to read a good book with a cup of tea, I realize that what my body and spirit really needs is to get outdoors and move. Other times, reading is just the ticket to the relaxation I needed.
I take a daily afternoon break and get out for some fresh air. I may not always be able to leave my desk at a scheduled lunch hour, but I don’t let that stop me from taking a refreshing break at some point in the afternoon even if it’s not until 3:30 or 4 p.m! Whether it’s a walk along the Embarcadero or Crissy Field, a visit to one of the many nearby farmers’ markets, or sitting quietly for a while in a nearby garden, I find I’m refreshed when I return.
I’ve also noticed that although some things are pretty tried and true, like taking a soothing hot bath after a particularly stressful day, its also very renewing to try something new. Recently, I caught on to the Chia seed craze and started adding the seeds to my morning juice and oddly have felt renewed by having found a new, healthy practice. Sometimes especially toward the end of a busy week, it’s tempting in the evening to just be a TV- watching couch potato but I’ve found that if I choose instead to spend a few minutes gardening, going for a walk in the neighborhood, practicing my songs or listening to some beautiful music, I feel more relaxed and also get a better night’s rest.
I’ve become a fan of a little application on the iphone called Lift. Lift allows you to track a list of habits you know give you a lift. If you like the feeling of checking things off a “To Do” list, Lift may be for you. I review it once or twice a day and it acts as a reminder to do things like walking to the farmers market, spending quality time connecting with a friend, taking an afternoon break, or taking three deep breaths. When I do check off the habits, I feel a little lift too. Similar to Facebook’s “likes”, other users on the app can give you props for completing your lift habits which is also fun and motivating.
“So as long as a person is capable of self-renewal, they are a living being.” Swiss writer, Henri Frederique Amiel
April and May in Italy and France was a painful experience because I just kept having to pinch myself to see if I was really there or if I was in a wonderful dream! I planned the trip back in October and was initially going to be going alone. In January, a friend I’ve known since college decided to join me for the first two weeks in Italy and in February a mutual friend of our’s whom I’ve since middle school decided to join us too. We had such a fun time everywhere we went. We celebrated a birthday in Rome and threw our three coins in Trevi fountain too. I can’t say what I wished for of course but I just know it will come true! We had some beautiful weather some days and rain and hail that looked like snow on other days. We visited Saturnia, Sienna, Monterregione, San Gemingnano, Volterra, Solvano, Soldano, Pittignano, Lucca, Pietra Santo, Bologna and Milano. We ate dinner in the house my grandmother was raised in and lunch in the house my grandfather was raised in too.
In Paris, I spent two weeks with my friend Sandrine. I met Sandrine while vacationing here on the West Coast two years ago. She is a Parisian native and much like me here in San Francisco, lives a very full and rich life in the City of Lights. I took in almost every walking tour offerred in Paris and visited museums I’d never been to before like the Cluny Medeival Museum and The Montmartre Museum which had a very interesting exhibit about the Black Cat cabaret theater. One of the highlights of my time in Paris was being invited to perform on May 2nd at the Swan Bar in Montparnasse. It was very exciting to prepare for the event and the show itself was lots of fun! I spent a few days visiting old friends in Montpellier, in the South of France. One day we saw pink flamingos and had a delicious lunch by the Maguelone Cathedral on the Cote D’Azur. Another day we had a lovely time hiking around a medieval village called Sauve where R. Crumb lives.
The night before I left Paris, I attended a concert of jazz icon, Jon Hendricks with his talented daughters, Michelle and Aria Hendricks and scat improvisor virtuoso, Kevin Fitzgerald Burke, who just happens to be the son of Kat Fitzgerald, my dear friend and fellow Supper Club Six member.
I’m back in San Francisco now and looking forward to a June “busting out all over” with music, flowers and love!
|Dear friends, I don’t know how your month has gone but I know for me it’s been a mixture of moments of feeling super overwhelmed with not having enough time to do all that I’d like to do for the holidays and also many moments of happiness and joyful connection. When I practice the lyrics to the song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, I sometimes jokingly exclaim to myself, “Not!” and at other times say, “Yes! It certainly is!
What are the true gifts of the season? For me they are spending time with some of the sweet people I have in my life, they are spending time with friends and loved ones and enjoying the sights, tastes and sounds of a magical time of year in a myriad of ways:
(marshmallows roasting on an open fire…)
What, to you, are the true gifts of this season? As I consider this question, I realize that for me, the season’s gifts are not about the striving for perfection in baking or decorations, it is mostly about time connecting with new or old friends and family. So as I go into the final stretch of 2012, I think I’m going to just lighten up on my unrealistic expectations for what I think I need to do, or would like to do and focus on enjoying the times I have with the people I care about and the rest will fall into place on its own, it always does.
THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013 JEUDI, 9 MAI, 2013 PERFORMANCE AT 21:30, 10E
165 BOULEVARD DE MONTPARNASSE, METRO VAVIN, RER PORT ROYAL
SINGING SONGS FROM THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK AND BROADWAY
JULIEN DOUMENJOU on piano
San Francisco, September 28, 2012
I’ve just returned from a marvelous trip to Europe. I brought back many souvenirs, including a chest cold and a spirit ready for change. I’ve been resting up as much as possible since my return and as I do so the memories of what I visited have been ever present: cobblestoned streets, ripe tomatoes, delicious bread with olive oil, the Eiffel tower popping up everywhere in Paris, the swoosh of the Metro, the calm in Italian cities when everyone is at lunch, the effervescent Mediterranean sea sparkling off the Cinqueterre shores, the sounds of French women speaking to each other like a song, the sounds of Italians laughing and playing with each other in lifelong patterns of communication. Bakeries, butcher shops and the oh-so- delicious deli’s. Food plays such a big part in Mediteranean life.
I feel lucky to have maintained contact with cousins in Lucca, Italy and when we visited there I made sure to offer them a song or two which they appreciated mightily and one of my cousins, a trained tenor, returned the favor with a lovely, Italian accented, rendition of “I Did it My Way.”
When in Paris I visited the Swan Bar’s open mike and sang three songs including Autumn leaves half in French and half in English, The Nearness of You and Honeysuckle Rose. There was a fellow there who was able to make saxaphone sounds with his lips so I asked him to sit in on my performance. It was a lovely evening. I’m looking forward to a return trip to Paris and Italy within the year. I do not want to let another twenty years keep me from the places my spirit has always felt a deep kinship with. I’m looking forward to the unfolding of my art as I assimilate the experiences I had in these magnificent places this summer.
If you’d like to see some of my photographs from the trip, visit these hashtags on instagram: #silk_italy and #silk_paris.
As my good friends will tell you, I have become obsessed with a creative little application on my iphone that just happened to have been recently sold to Facebook for one billion dollars. Yowsa! I was already a fan of Instagram when the news broke and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the sale doesn’t ruin a good thing. I have several feeds on the application, (Temptime, sfgenerations, MonroePersonnel) but my main one is @silkshots. I have recently created a new @silk_moments feed for contests and shoutouts too. People post their photos to this feed by using the hashtag #silk_moments. When there is a photo that strikes me as particularly “silky” I post that photo to the whole list with my kudos. Silky is a subjective term and I’ve used it to describe everything from a smile, to a sunset to a delicious looking piece of pie. You get the idea. The current contest is a match your caption to your photo contest. The best matched caption to photo will be announced this weekend.
Instagram is simple to use and very rewarding. It allows one to express one’s creativity through photography and instead of just filing away the photograph in a folder somewhere on your hard drive it is shared with people all around the world. I really enjoy following other people’s feeds and seeing life from their vantage point while learning about places around the globe. It also feels great when people comment favorably on a photo or click the like button.
Not so surprisingly, since I’ve been creating on Instagram, I’ve noticed I’ve found new ideas coming to me when I’m singing too. Inspiration begets inspiration begets inspiration… The circle of creativity is such a mysterious and wonderful adventure!
I have added an Instragram photo stream on the right of this article out a few of the current photos in my #silkshots stream.
If any little word of mine
may make a life the brighter,
if any little song of mine
may make a heart the lighter,
God help me speak the little word
and take my bit of singing
and drop it in some lonely vale
to set the echoes ringing.
If any little love of mine
may make a life the sweeter,
if any little care of mine
may make a friend’s the fleeter
if any little lift may ease
the burden of another,
God give me love, and care, and strength
to help my toiling brother and sister.
"We enjoyed dinner at the Villa D'Este in San Francisco last night accompanied by a great show. They have a diverse troop with varied talent styles, each a treat. The best way to describe Debra's performance is a true reincarnation of one of my favorite singers, Clara Bow, the IT Girl, characterized as Betty Boop. She hit every note and stayed in perfect character. If you haven't yet, you have to experience this event, held every first Monday of the month at the Villa D'Este, a classic Italian family restaurant."
"Debra made Bob Sarlatte's surprise birthday party so wonderful! She was on time, set up her equipment with minimal fuss, and looked very festive in her entertainment attire! We all enjoyed her choice of music and songs. She really made the party a special occasion!" --Catherine Sarlatte
Debra Mugnani sings in a style that is both sophisticated and emotionally direct. Her interpretations of the Great American Songbook show a deep love and respect for the material while adding a delightful spark of personality. Debra’s influences are Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McCrae and Morgana King. A native of San Francisco, Debra has also been greatly influenced and inspired by vocalists and vocal instructors she has been fortunate enough to study with; Kitty Margolis, Faith Winthrop, Jesse Foster, Madeline Eastman and Dena De Rose.
"There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open."