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Books

Entertainment

Dr. Sue Health Tip Make a Mask out of a Bra!

“Masks probably do provide some protection.” That’s the latest news from The New York Times

NYTimes on Masks and Coronavirus:

“Masks probably do provide some protection. They’re particularly effective at keeping somebody who already has the virus from spreading it to others, and they may also make the mask’s wearer less likely to get sick.

“Coronavirus appears to mostly spread when germ-containing droplets make it into a person’s mouth, nose, or eyes,” Vox’s German Lopez explains. “If you have a physical barrier in front of your mouth and nose, that’s simply less likely to happen.”

Of course we should give first priority for masks to health-care workers. And there may be no masks available.

What can you do?  You can Make Your Own Mask!

It may not be medical grade – but it is surely better than nothing! Tie a Scarf around your Nose and Mouth! (You’ll feel like a Movie Star – The Lone Ranger! ) Or Use a Bra Cup – any size will do! Fasten with hooks and eyes, snaps or elastic – get creative. Or cut up an old shirt or pants leg! (Use your imagination, your scarf, shirt, pants…or bra!)

Fashion Forward  means NewYorkStrong!

You don’t have to live in New York to be NewYorkStrong !

What about TexasStrong? CaliforniaStrong? ChinaStrong ? ItalyStrong?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now reviewing whether to encourage Americans to wear masks. That would be a reversal and come after weeks of discouraging mask use. Many journalists, including me, previously quoted the experts who urged ordinary people not to wear masks.

   

Empowering Entertainment!™

Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (interviews with Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett,

Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, etc.) http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367

Original Musical: “SssWitch”: http://www.ssswitch.net

 CD: “For Heroes and Lovers”: http://www.cdbaby.c

Dr. Sue: Free Legal Help, Car Service NYC

Share a Ride – Save a Hat… and five-thousand dollars ($5,000) !

You can – when you learn to Be Your Brightest Friend!

Sharing a ride is the bright way to travel around New York City. It’s less stressful than the subway and less expensive than solo rides. I use Via Car Service ridewithvia.com (let me know if I should refer you).

Save a Hat is what my fellow passenger did when my favorite hat fell on the floor – black side up and hard to see. As she was exiting, she said “Your hat fell on the floor.” Sure enough – there it was with its golden treble clef that symbolizes my love of music! Her behavior told me more about her character than any internet profile or job resume! And it started my morning with faith in human nature – and some members of the legal profession. You see, she spoke in an intelligent manner, and she exited our Via Car near the Manhattan Courthouse at 9 am. This told me that she probably worked in some legal capacity….right?

Now the question you’re all waiting for…. how did I save five-thousand dollars ($5,000) ?

I was on my way to the Brooklyn Surrogate Court to pursue my own case. I was representing myself because lawyers are expensive, and I figured I could do my own digging and get the help I needed – at least, for now. If I needed a lawyer – I would cross that expensive bridge when I came to it (probably a $5,000 retainer…and billing at $400/hour).

Guess what? The Brooklyn Surrogate Court (and many other courts) have a Help Center for people who don’t have lawyers. Of course, I had to figure out to solve some tricky issues (like confusing legal forms, finding a capable, convenient process server (Thanks EmpireLegalService.com ) – and find free Legal Help (scroll down for the link)

My first court date was in the pouring rain when I was on crutches! But my dear friend/stained glass artist & repairs Dennis Lynch (http://astainedglass.com/ ) drove me in his car (which he named “Sue” – after me). We drove in “A Car Named Sue” to the handicapped entrance of the courthouse. I staggered in on my crutch with an injured knee but a determined mind! I looked pathetic in the courtroom – so much the better!

What about saving five-thousand dollars ($5,000)?

That’s how much my opponent’s lawyer charged today – just for showing up in court and a few hours of easy work. I would have had to pay my own lawyer much more money (for more time). But despite the hard work, it’s been an exciting challenge – and I learned a lot about free legal help!

Here’s a link to free Legal Help: https://www.nycourts.gov/courthelp/GoingToCourt/gettingHelp.shtml

Can you do it too? I can’t be sure. But for sure, you can do a lot more than you think you can – just Be Your Brightest Friend!

Empowering Entertainment!™

 Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.

Book: “Queens of Comedy”

(interviews with Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett,

Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, etc.) http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367

 Original Musical: “SssWitch”: http://www.ssswitch.net

 CD: “For Heroes and Lovers”: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/drsue2

Dr. Sue Sings Funny Song “My Significant Other Is Plants!”

significantDr. Sue Sings her Original Funny Song:

“My Significant Other Is Plants!”

Hope you enjoy my song! Please contact me for Bookings as Motivational Speaker or Entertainer – Enjoy my Book “Queens of Comedy” and CD “For Heroes and Lovers”

My Significant Other is Plants    Words and Music by Susan Horowitz

Now I hate to complain, but I’m feeling depressed

Though I meet loads of guys who are very well-dressed

My cabaret lifestyle is gay, but there’s one little thing I must say…

 

My significant other is plants

Certainly not anyone in pants

I’m annoyed ‘cause my life is devoid of romance

My significant other is plants.

 

I’m surrounded by men who are loaded with class

Their shirts match their ties and a fabulous ass – oops! I mean glasses

I think I am catching their eye

They look past at a good-looking guy…

 

My significant other is plants

Certainly not anyone in pants

It’s not dogs, it’s not cats, it’s not goldfish or ants

My significant other is plants.

 

A handsome producer –at last we’re alone

I’m on my bed; he’s on my phone

I think he is feeling the heat, though he never suggests that we meet…

 

My significant other is plants

Certainly not anyone in pants

Potatoes and carrots don’t do dirty dancing

I’m stuck on the vegetable aisle of romancing

It sure ain’t my druthers, these guys act like brothers

My significant other is plants!

Dr. Sue Horowitz

Dr. Sue Horowitz

“My Mission is Empowering Art, Education & Positive Living!”

– Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D. 

SssWitch!” – an Anti-Bullying, Empowering  Musical! www.ssswitch.net

CD: “For Heroes and Lovers”: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/drsue2

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (interviews with Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, etc.) http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367

Published Plays: “Judy Maccabee”: a Comedy with a Girl Hero!

“Poe-tic Justice” A Naughty Thriller!

Susan Horowitz: Facebook (Susan.Horowitz1) , Linked In, Twitter @drsue6

“The Outrageous Sophie Tucker” (Review by Dr. Sue Horowitz)

Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker, superstar singer, showbiz innovator and marketing genius – (imagine the founder of Facebook as a fat, fabulous diva) – called herself “The Last of the Red Hot Mamas!” Tucker was an international sensation with a sixty year career – she headlined in vaudeville and Broadway, sold out nightclubs; recorded songs tailor-made for her lusty persona, and guest starred on television (including the top-rated Ed Sullivan Show). She hung out with movie stars/singers (like Judy Garland, Mae West, and Frank Sinatra – all of whom she mentored), mobsters (like Al Capone, who booked her in his club, as did Lew Walters, father of Barbara Walters) and seven US Presidents.  Due to her limited exposure in Hollywood films (she appeared in only two, which flopped), Tucker is almost forgotten today, but the documentary film “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker” (opening July 24 at Cinema Village, New York City) aims to change all that.

 

Susan & Lloyd Ecker  & Dr. Sue

Susan & Lloyd Ecker
& Dr. Sue

The docu-bio (produced by Susan and Lloyd Ecker and directed by William Gazecki) traces Tucker’s rise from goulash – (a family restaurant in Hartford, CT where a teenage, but already zaftig (plump, curvy) Sophie served kosher food) – to glory! She eloped with a handsome ne’er-do-well named “Tuck” and  quickly became pregnant. But she was determined to escape her mother’s fate as a kitchen slave. In a move that was outrageous (especially for an early 20th century Orthodox, Jewish girl), she handed the baby to her sister, changed her name to “Tucker,” and took off for New York City. Considered too “fat and ugly” for show business, she was forced to belt out songs in black face as a vaudeville “coon-shouter.” She hated it, and when her make-up failed to arrive in Chicago, she went onstage as herself, brought the house down, and never looked back.

I asked Eckers to share the secrets of Sophie’s success. “It didn’t hurt that she had a voice that could peel the paint off walls.” But mainly it was that combination of warmth (she personally answered all her mail and wrote cards to her fans telling them when she was going to appear in their town) and business. Sophie said, “Friends and fans = box office.” She was one of the first performers to take a percentage of the gate (during her first number, she counted the seats and made sure she wasn’t cheated). If you wanted her autograph, you bought her book – and she didn’t give change, even for a $50 dollar bill. (She would announce, “It all goes to charity.” In fact, she raised huge sums for her favorite charities, including synagogues.

Rabbi Jill & Dr. Sue

Rabbi Jill & Dr. Sue

Sophie may have been a rebel, but she became a prominent member of The Actors’ Temple (339 West 47th Street, NYC), which features Tucker’s plaque, stairwell photograph, and stained glass window. I interviewed Rabbi Jill Haus, spiritual leader, cantor/singer, and show business supporter. The Actors’ Temple hosts shows, a Hanukah open mike and performance fests (like Midtown International Theatre Festival). I asked Rabbi Jill to share a story about Sophie. She told me the temple was originally Orthodox, with men downstairs and women in the gallery. A woman who was a big contributor to the temple, sat herself downstairs, and Sophie immediately followed. “The Rabbi was smart, and the synagogue immediately changed from Orthodox to Conservative (with mixed seating).”

Sophie was always ahead of her time – especially when it came to sexy self-assertion – for all genders, sizes, and backgrounds. The soundtrack of “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker” includes her top hits:  “I Ain’t Takin’ Orders From No One,” “No One Loves a Fat Girl (But a Fat Girl Knows How to Love),” “The Sophie Tucker School for Red Hot Mamas”, “My Yiddishe Momme” (the heart-tugging, unofficial Jewish anthem), and her signature song “Some of These Days.”

So what are you waiting for? Pep up your life with Sophie serum – movie, soundtrack CD, the Eckers’ fictionalized memoir “I Am Sophie Tucker” (friskier and more fun than the official, sanitized 1945 biography). Susan and Lloyd Eckers’ first date was at a Bette Midler concert (Ms. Midler told her version of bawdy “Soph” jokes and belted out songs a la Tucker.) The Eckers married, built and sold a business, and are living their dream of bringing their favorite broad back to Broadway! Stay tuned at www.sophietucker.com . For press reservations, interview requests, or more information, contact Richard Skipper Celebrates at Richard@RichardSkipper.com or 845-365-0720.

In the spirit of Sophie Tucker, here’s a a video of my original,  funny song: “A Jewish Girl Named Tex”:

 

"A Jewish Girl Named Tex" by Sue Horowitz, Singer/Songwriter

“A Jewish Girl Named Tex” by Sue Horowitz

Creative Living by Dr. Sue: Perk up with Positive Songs!

Long before I ever heard of this film, I used to start my day with Sophie’s songs. Her funny, heartfelt, strong assertion of womanhood, sung in clear, jazzy, melodic voice with perfect articulation, always perked me up!

Support the Arts!: Without the arts, many children have no chance for a better, more fulfilling life! Without the arts, there is no real beauty, joy,  or civilization!

Dr. Sue’s mission is to create empowering entertainment!

 

 

 

Sue MimosaBlog by Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz,Ph.D.  www.drsue.com 

CD “Keys of Love”  www.cdbaby.com/drsue

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (interviews with Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, etc.) http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367

“Sss…Witch!”: a Fun, Magical, Meaningful Musical!

Join Dr. Sue (Susan Horowitz) on Facebook, Linked In, and Twitter!

 

 

Dance Parade (Entertainment/Arts NYC)

Red Silk Dancers with   Dr. Sue - Dance Parade

Red Silk Dancers & Dr. Sue

We’re “dancing in the street” and on the stage at the annual Dance Parade! The parade route boogies down Broadway  to Tompkins Square Park, NYC to celebrate the performing arts and multi-cultural fun!

Web: www.danceparade.org

Dancing divas, colorful costumes, and diversity rule the day in New York City!

Here I am with the beautiful Red Silk Dancers – a Chinese-American Company that performs traditional and contemporary dance.  http://redsilkdancers.weebly.com/

 

 

Pure Onyx Movement  & Dr. Sue - Dance Parade

Pure Onyx Movement Dr. Sue

Brooklyn is in the house – with Pure Onyx Movement – an American company that celebrates its African/International roots, Belly Dancing, and Inter-Generational Sisterhood!

Director Jeannie Mitchell says, “We breathe together.”

Here I am with Pure Onyx Movement!

Web: http://pureonyxmovement.webs.com/

 

 

 

Navatman Dancers with Dr. Sue - Dance Parade

Navatman Dancers & Dr. Sue

Is Bollywood calling? Navatman is a South Asian Dance and Music Company.  The troupe and school is based in New York and trains dancers in traditional Indian performance styles.

Here I am with the Navatman dancers. There are two lovely ladies and two utterly charming children.

Web: www.navatman.org

 

 

 

 

Dancing Wheels & Dr. Sue

Dancing Wheels & Dr. Sue

 

 

Diversity means more than multi-culturalism. It extends to the differently abled – like members of The Dancing Wheels Company and School.

Director Mary Verdi-Fletcher, may be in a wheelchair, but her passion for dance, vision of possibilities, and sheer capability have created a company and school where thousands of children and adults with and without disabilities study and perform together.

Web: www.dancingwheels.org

 

Dancing Wheels -   Mary Verdi-Fletcher

Dancing Wheels

 

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”

– Robert Browning

 

 

 

(Photos by Jay Berman)

Hope you enjoy hearing me sing my original song:

“You Can Be a Hero” copyright 2015 Susan Horowitz

Creative Living by Dr. Sue: Support the Arts!

Without the arts, many children have no chance for a better, more fulfilling life! Without the arts, there is no real beauty, joy,  or civilization!

Dr. Sue’s mission is to create and perform empowering entertainment!

 

Sue MimosaBlog by Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz,Ph.D.  www.drsue.com 

CD “Keys of Love”  www.cdbaby.com/drsue

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (interviews with Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, etc.) http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367

 

Travel: New York Times Travel Show Dr. Sue

Win a Cruise @NY Times Travel Show

Win a Cruise @NY Times Travel Show

The annual New York Times Travel Show has something for everyone:  from fantasy vacations to a fun afternoon!

You can vacation globally (Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, Antarctica)!

You stay-cation in NYC with a Broadway Show, Dining Certificate &  Parking Voucher with ManhattanClub.com

You can spin a wheel and win a deal (a cruise for two) at GetReadyToCruise.com

NYTimesTravel1You can book a cruise or cruise with books with RoadScholar.org , EnrichmentVoyages.org , or SemesteratSea.org (learning & adventure for savvy seniors or college students).

You can time-travel through New York State via ILoveNY.com/PathThroughHistory,.

You can climb-travel in the Himalayas or a fiberglass wall at the Javits Center. (The wall is a good place to drop off the kids – but fasten that safety harness – unless you really want to drop them off!)

You can climb into a bikini  at a resort pool… or climb into a martini at a midtown Manhattan bistro…

RickSue1BrightSue “Dr. Sue” Horowitz (Vocalist)  & Rick Bogart (Clarinet)

Perform Jazz Standards, Romantic  Songs & Clever Parodies

Broadway Thai Restaurant  241 West 51st Street (btwn Broadway-8th Ave) NYC

Saturday/Sunday Nights  (212) 226-4565, No Cover.

Thai &  American Food & Drinks are delicious (and reasonable)

Creative Living:

Live Your Vacation Dream  – You can’t take it with you – but you can take a plane, train, bus, boat or taxi  to wherever you imagine! So as the song goes, “Pack up all your cares and woes…” and go for it!

(Editor/Photographer: Jay Berman)

Sue MimosaBlog by Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz,Ph.D.  www.drsue.com 

CD “Keys of Love”  www.cdbaby.com/drsue

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (interviews with Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, etc.) http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367

New Tang Dynasty says Happy Chinese New Year!

Dr. Sue Jose Pinto Stephen, Musician with Pipa

Dr. Sue Jose Pinto Stephen, Musician with Pipa

I  just had the pleasure of attending the New Tang Dynasty (NTD) TV’s New Year’s reception – a celebration of the revival of traditional Chinese Arts. The date fell between the Western and Chinese New Year – and provided many East Meets West moments – a traditional Chinese tea service in one room and a  cocktail bar in another; models in costumes inspired by ancient dynasties posing in front of a Christmas tree;  a demure, musician playing a pipa (traditional stringed instrument) – while in other rooms, programmers sat at computers producing NTD television  –technically sophisticated  international, multi-lingual  cable and webcast programs.

NTDTV sponsors Shen Yunhttp://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/  – a multimedia feast of  Chinese dance, music, costume, cultural costumes, in a blend of live performance and digital projections of a classical landscapes and spiritual visions.  Shen Yun tours internationally and performs annually in New York around Chinese New Year. NTD also sponsors  other cultural events throughout the year – musical, dance, fashion, and culinary  competitions.  In fact, our hors d’oeuvres were made by a master chef and competition winner.  One of my first words in Chinese is “ho mei!” – delicious!

Here’s another  photo from the reception – photographs by  Photographer/Writer Jose Pinto Stephen (who is in the top photo). I’m wearing my East-Meets-West black and red jacket!

Happiness/Success Habits:

 Enjoy cultural diversity!  There is so much to learn, savor, and share! Your real kindred spirits may – or may not – come from your own background.  Why limit your friendships to people who look or sound like your relatives?   Life is like a rolling cart of steaming dim sum (Chinese dumplings)  – you have to sample a few to find out what’s ho mei!

 

Blog by Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz, Ph.D. www.drsue.com

CD “Keys of Love”  www.cdbaby.com/drsue

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (essays and interviews with legendary comediennes – Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller.)

  Book “Queens of Comedy”

 

Jean Brassard sings Yves Montand

“The Kid From Paris” Jean Brassard’s musical tribute to Yves Montand, offers a champagne magnum of masculine French charm, And why not? Brassard, a cabaret artist from Quebec, embodies Montand’s seductive charisma (he turned on the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Simone Signoret, and Edith Piaf) and persona as a working class hero (Montand was a passionate spokesman for the French proletariat).  Brassard sings the European songbook for American audiences with English and French chansons (songs). He plays the accordion with brio, and enacts episodes from Montand’s life.  Co-written and directed with Brassard’s partner David Krueger, with , musical direction by Richard Maheux, “The Kid From Paris” is a celebration of Montand’s talent and convictions brought  brilliantly to life by the kid from Quebec. Wednesdays November 9, 23 and December 7, @7pm Triad Theater (158 West 72nd Street, NY, NY 10023) Reservations: http://www.triadnyc.com/

Happiness/Success Habits: Do what you love – and enjoy the intimate magic of cabaret!

Queen of the Mist Rules Off-Broadway!

 

Queen of the Mist - photo by Hannah Oren

Queen of the Mist – photo by Hannah Oren

Queen of the Mist rules Off-Broadway with an original, brilliant musical about the first woman to shoot Niagara Falls in a barrel.  In 1901 Anna Edson Taylor (Mary Testa), a 63 year old con-woman with poker-straight posture and a temper to match, has been run out of several towns and the home of her married sister Jane (Theresa McCarthy).  Out of cash and stalking fame and fortune, she pounces on her last possibility for greatness -a feat that will establish her as proto-feminist, self-described “phenomenon!”  To bring in “the green” through bookings on the lecture circuit, she hooks up with a hard-drinking manager, Frank Russell (Andrew Samonsky), and they unexpectedly fall into something like love – which turns out to be harder to navigate than the Falls.  Mono-focused on her own feat, Taylor inadvertently encourages a presidential assassin (Tally Sessions), insults hatchet-wielding Carrie Nation (Julia Murney), hires and fires new managers (DC Anderson), and sells her last promotional postcard to a boyish soldier (Stanley Bahorek) who is headed to the front lines of WWI. Words and music are by 5-time Tony nominee Michael John LaChiusa, who blends operatic intensity, humor, and melodic inventiveness; Direction is by Jack Cummings III, who makes imaginative use of the dramatic/comedic potential of the piece and space (an open floor framed by gauzy curtains that suggest both the mists of Niagara and early 20th century parlors – Scene design by Sandra Goldmark). Queen of the Mist is playing at The Gym at Judson Church 243 Thompson Street at Washington Square South, NYC through November 20. www.transportgroup.org

Happiness/Success Habits:

Single-minded focus, passion, planning, persistence, talent (like Anna’s scientific mind), and contempt for conventions – like ageist, sexist stereotypes – may make us a “phenomenon” and help us reach our goals. Arrogance, ambition, and the certainty that we are right can push us beyond the crowd and sometimes change the world.  But without compassion and compromise, we, like Anna, may wind up blind to the flawed people who love us  – a lonely queen of the mist of memory.

Blog by Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz, Ph.D. www.drsue.com

CD “Keys of Love”  www.cdbaby.com/drsue

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (essays and interviews with legendary comediennes – Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller.)

 

Duke Ellington Center for the Arts Presents Play about Oscar Wilde

Frank Owens & Painting by Kent Drake

Sometimes a raffle seems fixed by fate – or poetic justice. When renowned jazz pianist Frank Owens (a former musician in the Duke Ellington orchestra) won this group portrait of jazz greats by Kent Drake (a former singer) at the Duke Ellington Center Gala, the crowd erupted in applause!  It was the perfect climax to a series of performance salons that explores serendipitous connections between artists and history.Last night’s play “Blacker” written and directed by Russ Weatherford, set in 1898 Paris, stars Eric Rudy as Oscar Wilde – brilliant playwright, poet, critic, short story writer – master of the gem-cut epigram and victim of British laws against sodomy.  Wilde, recently out of a jail, ill, and financially strapped, desperately needs money from his wife’s estate.  The key player in his access to the funds is Carlos Blacker (played by Rutherford), who is both drawn to and aghast at Wilde’s life style (including the new, male lover in his bed).  Blacker is also part of a plan to free Alfred Dreyfus, the French Jewish army captain who has been framed for treason (with the connivance of the French government) and languishes in jail as anti-Semitic mobs take to the Paris streets.   Blacker confides in Wilde – sharing details and names of a secret group of influential men dedicated to freeing Dreyfus.

Did Wilde reveal and ruin Blacker’s plan as revenge when his funds are cut off?  Wilde denies it, but the truth is shrouded in uncertainty, bright surfaces, dark shadows, and paradox – like Wilde’s dazzling wit. The gifted cast performs with passion and polish; Eric Rudy’s sets and costumes are exquisite; and cocktail treats by Spoonbread Catering were yummy! Many thanks to our hostess Mercedes Ellington, granddaughter of Duke Ellington.

And….here’s a shout out to my co-celebrants & friends Ruben Brache, who passed all his SEC exams to establish his securities firm, Opening Night Capital, dealing in global theatrical investments, and Barbara Foster, author of A Dangerous Woman: The Life, Love, and Scandals of Adah Isaacs Menken.

Next on the horizon – October 22 Jazz Americana Festival, 52nd Street (btwn 5th-7th Ave, Stage @ 6th Ave) 12-5pm, Frank Owens plays 3-4pm.

Nov 7, 2011, 7pm 50th Anniversary Gala Screening of Paris Blues, scored by Duke Ellington with VIP reception.

Happiness Habits:

  • Do what you love – and be who you are.  Oscar Wilde wore a green carnation – an elegant artifice like his wit – and a nod to his dandyism, gender-bender lifestyle, and Irish roots.
  • Be happy for someone else – if you can.  Frank Owens knew many of the jazz greats in the portrait, is well-liked, and would get tremendous satisfaction out of owning the painting.  It made it even better that he’s a personal friend of the artist Kent Drake. Sometimes saying “we’re happy for someone else” feels phony, but in this case it was heartfelt.
  • Listen to positive songs. You can hear me sing my inspirational, romantic songs by clicking on this link: CD Baby – Dr. Sue “Keys of Love”
  • Here is the lyric to my chorus of my song “Dare to Believe”
  • “Nothing is imposssible, nothing’s really out of reachAll your silent, secret longings wait for you somewhere – if you Dare to Believe.”
    The first song: “Dare to Believe” is free.
    Dr. Sue: Keys of Love