A few weeks ago I went up to the Berkshires for a summer weekend in the country (one of many this summer! lucky girl me). I stopped by Shakespeare & Company to sing in their informal Friday night cabaret series; did some hiking, swimming, kayaking (the hotel proprietress informed us that we were "one of those adventurous athletic couples"); and spent a gorgeous evening at Tanglewood listening to the fabulous Audra McDonald sing her heart out. She sang a beautiful concert, with Ted Sperling at the piano -- except, that is, for when she sat down and accompanied herself on Adam Guettel's "Migratory V" (a favorite of mine. and not easy to play). She sang Jason Robert Brown's "Stars and the Moon," and the pile of high school-aged Tanglewood Institute students next to us swooned. She introduced us to some new Michael John LaChiusa material from his upcoming show based on Marlene Dietrich's ABC (love, love, loved). She sang some standards and told some stories and at some point she informed us about the new album she's working on.

About flight.

Great minds, my friends. How wonderful, as my teacher said, to be tapped into whatever Audra is tapped into...