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Upcoming Singing Performances

 

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized on September 9, 2013 – 5:54 pm | Comments (0)

EVERYTHING’S COMING UP ROSES – in Paris Performance – Tuesday, April 29, 2014

DEBRA MUGNANI SINGS

GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK,

JAZZ AND CABARET

 IN:

Everything's Coming Up Roses Graphic 2

(IN PARIS)

sheldon-home                    SHELDON FORREST, PIANO

Rose with music

165 Boulevard  Montparnasse   

9:30 – 11:30 PM

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

10 €

“Debra’s performances are always a sheer delight!” 

 Vive La France!

roses on the keyboard 

Posted in Uncategorized on September 9, 2013 – 3:50 am | Comments (0)

 

Debra5 Singing April 29th

Posted in Uncategorized on September 8, 2013 – 7:21 pm | Comments (0)

Cabaret Performance in Sausalito at the Cruising Club!


Thursday, Next date TBA, 2014
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 Supper Club Six (Marilyn Cooney,Dorothy Donnell, Kat Fitzgerald, Kathy Holly, Debra Mugnani and Bill Ramos) , Connie Ducey, The Blenders and Juli Stewart

And Special Guest Stars:  TBA

  Musicians: Dave Miotke, Piano and Chris Amberger, Bass
* Show includes Buffet Dinner Buffet which 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  holly7531@aol.comgiven 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
Posted in Uncategorized on September 8, 2013 – 5:18 pm | Comments (0)

Chopping wood and carrying water

 

 

tranquil moment by fireplaceI’m sipping a cup of candy-cane green tea and listening to Pandora’s holiday channel–a few moments of quiet time, which is quite a rare treat these days. Twinkling petals of early afternoon light dance around my room to the beat of the music. I’m feeling a delicious combination of sentimentality and gratitude. I think I must be having a holiday moment!

Why this overall positive outlook? I believe it’s the effect of two filters I’ve chosen to wear over my lenses this year; the “Stay Neutral” and the “Chop Wood Carry Water.” In other phases of my life, some of the events of this year would have had me spinning in panic and caused me immense anxiety.

Both of my parents took falls this year, Mom breaking a hip and Dad, a shoulder. I consistently reminded myself to continue to chop wood and carry water and not focus too strongly on either wanting positive outcomes or worrying too much about negative outcomes. In retrospect, although my parents’ injuries were extremely painful and caused them immense inconvenience, the gift of their having had them was that they created opportunities to look at how we children and grandchildren could better support them. I can see now that my parents are both stronger and healthier from the experience.

Singing has always been a wonderful refuge for me.  Performing is also becoming one.   Even though I often feel nervous the day of the performance, I’m always buoyed by the experience of being with all the other performers, interacting with our wonderful audience members and singing from my heart.   Performing truly is good medicine!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 4, 2013 – 8:58 pm | Comments (0)

Keeping the renewal alive all year long

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.Waves of New Opportunity

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

Posted in Uncategorized on September 4, 2013 – 6:40 pm | Comments (0)

Three Coins in a Fountain

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!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 9, 2013 – 5:37 pm | Comments (0)

Latest Blog Post –Not! Yes!

Debra at Pescadero Tree Farm
 
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:

  • Enjoying an afternoon holiday party where there is laughter and good humor over a cup of eggnog, cookies and savory treats.
  • Lighting a candle and taking a few moments to sit and quietly reflect on the all the wonderful performances I’ve been a part of this year.
  • Sitting around the dining room table with good friends sharing dreams and stories with hot soup, bread and cheese on a rainy evening.
  • Spending an afternoon at a tree farm in Pescadero with old friends making holiday wreathes, picnicking, roasting marshmallows, and getting on a wooden swing hung from giant Eucalyptus trees and swinging up to see the view of the Pacific Ocean.
  • Enjoying a festive night at the Sausalito Cruising Club with many of my dear friends in the audience. Feeling the barge brim with holiday cheer.

(marshmallows roasting on an open fire…)

roasting marshmallows

 

 

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.

Posted in Uncategorized on January 2, 2013 – 3:04 am | Comments (0)

CABARET SHOW AT THE SWAN BAR, PARIS, FRANCE

THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013   JEUDI, 9 MAI, 2013  PERFORMANCE  AT 21:30, 10E

SWAN BAR

165 BOULEVARD DE MONTPARNASSE, METRO VAVIN, RER PORT ROYAL

SINGING SONGS FROM THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK AND BROADWAY

accompanied by

JULIEN DOUMENJOU on piano

Posted in Uncategorized on January 1, 2013 – 1:38 pm | Comments (0)

Traveling song

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. 

Posted in Uncategorized on June 4, 2012 – 5:24 pm | Comments (0)