Mary Oliver reading Wild Geese

Something positive and beautiful was necessary after watching the debate. A beautiful poem and an amazing poet.

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Leave it to Cleaver Special Guest Sunday July 31:Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox (Wow!)


Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Daniel-Cox attended Bowling Green State University where she majored in Music Performance.  Upon completion of her baccalaureate studies, she attended The University of Michigan where she received her Master of Music and her Doctor of Musical Arts degrees.

It was at BGSU that Ms. Daniel-Cox, for the first time, experienced the thrill of the
lyric stage.  Two of her notable roles include “Leonora” in the world premiere of the
opera Witness by Zae Munn, and “Irene” in the world premier of James P. Johnson’s
The Dreamy Kid, which the Ann Arbor news described as “compelling and beautifully sung”.

This year, Dr. Daniel-Cox performed with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Bach Society of Dayton, and debuted with the Dayton Opera in the role of Sister Rose in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. She has appeared with the University of Dayton, Yellow Springs, Flint, Ann Arbor and South Bend Symphony Orchestras as well as the Defiance and Packard Symphonic Bands. Her collaboration with Herbert Martin, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”: A celebration of Paul Laurence Dunbar has been performed across the U.S. and has lead to the establishment of the Dunbar Multicultural Series and the Dunbar Music Archive.

Dr. Daniel-Cox has a passion for teaching and has taught music courses or applied voice for programs at Western Michigan University, University of Michigan, Bowling Green State University, and within the award-winning music program at Grosse Pointe South High School. Dr. Daniel-Cox is Assistant Professor of Voice and Coordinator of the Voice Area at the University of Dayton where she teaches applied lessons, music courses, coordinates the Vocal Performance Institute, a summer program for high school aged singers.



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Meg Hutchinson

IMG_20160716_133039_954IMG_20160716_133732_868 Every now and then I will contribute something to a Kickstarter or GoFundMe campaign, sometimes to support someone who is up against a tough challenge or an artist who is trying to get a project completed.

Somehow Meg’s campaign came through my Facebook feed and after listening to her music, I gave a small amount to her campaign..enough I guess to get a signed copy of her new CD, How Many Miles…it’s an amazing CD.

Meg has an extraordinary voice and story. She is not only a talented musician (singer-songwriter) but is also, due to her own mental illness,  an advocate for mental heath literacy. A film was made about her life called Pack Up Your Sorrows. I highly recommend her music.

Check out her song:

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