Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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Born and raised in Salinas, Ca., Effie enjoyed success playing piano and singing in clubs in Northern and Southern California for over 25 years performing under the name, Joy Ferris. She was the favorite student of the late Jeri Southern, the pianist/singer well known for her smoky voice with such hits as You Better Go Now and Fire Down Below. Well known for her work in intimate clubs, Southern knew her way around a lyric and Effie credits Jeri with learning impeccable phrasing. “I’ve had people tell me that they feel as if I am singing right to them. For that, I have Jeri to thank”. Although Effie enjoyed playing and singing, she yearned to take center stage. When her beloved teacher passed away in 1991 she was heartbroken. And in 1992, when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, she felt as if her song had been silenced. With therapy she learned to "deal with it". " I have MS, it doesn't have me" is her attitude. Effie stayed in the game by studying with well known vocal coach and singer in her own right, Sue Raney from 1995 on, but ultimately avoided getting back in the spotlight – until a fellow singer and friend got so exasperated with her procrastinating and demanded she take a musical performance class. She did and hasn’t looked back. Effie's spirit was rejuvenated and she has been singing at open mics throughout Los Angeles and befriending the crowd at Mundy on Tuesdays, a popular open mic night at the legendary Gardenia. In October 2004 she made her debut at the Gardenia to a standing room-only crowd and again in Nov. 2005. She and dear friend Tom Culver have been writing songs together and their first song “Endlessly”, a gentle bossa nova made the finals in the United Kingdom Songwriting Contest. “We didn’t win but were told that our song shows great promise”.Presently, Effie is preparing another show for the Gardenia. Tom and Effie's songs, Quiet and Forever Didn't Last Til Spring made the semi finals in the UK Songwriting Competition recently.
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I am so sorry I won't be able to join you tonight at The Gardenia. My daughter has offered my husband and I tickets to see The Rat Pack at the Orange County Performing Arts Center at 7:30 tonight.
I'm a big, Sinatra fan, couldn't turn it down. I'd love to meet you sometime, hope there's another opportunity. Good luck, I know you'll be great.
Hi Effie, so good to hear from you. April 17th is a Friday night. Sounds good and I want to be there. I'll await more info and exact location. Gogi Grant?? Wow, I can't even recall a song she sang.
It's been a long time. Stay well...