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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR
JERRY, GRAHAM, TIFFINEY AND WINSTON.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!
HAPPY LABOR DAY.
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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY.
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY.
HAPPY RED NOSE DAY.
HAPPY MAY!!!
 Graham McCarty    
RG Creative Director      
SPOTLIGHT: JAYE MAYNARD 
"If you skate, you would be great 
if you could make a figure eight. 
That's a circle that turns 'round upon itself. Place it on its side and it's a symbol meaning infinity..."
Perhaps you remember this simple tune from School House Rock. Maybe it even taught you how to multiply by eight. But for performer Jaye Maynard, it did far more. As Jaye puts it, when she first heard the song she "stood transfixed ... thinking 'Oh my God, What a great message!' It was about infinity, and the future, AND the number 8." But it was more than the subject matter that enchanted Jaye, who was just beginning her creative journey. What really caught her attention was the distinctive voice, so high and light that it was hard to determine whether the singer was a woman or a child, which really appealed to Maynard at the time because she was somewhere between woman and child herself.  Thus began her affinity for jazz legend Blossom Dearie.
Growing up in Madison, Wisconsin, Jaye discovered she had a "big voice". And her experiences in school and local community theater taught her how to play lead roles and "drink coffee." After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in Musical Theater, she made her way to California, to be "the brunette in the land of blondes." But it was a jazzy, curly haired blonde (with cat eyeglasses) on an album cover that caught Jaye's attention in a music shop one day. She was surprised to discover that it was none other than the woman with the childlike voice she had idolized in her youth. With the help of her mother, Jaye set out to meet the legend. She found Blossom playing with a small jazz trio, not far from her home in California. Everything about her captivated Jaye: her music, her style. She even looked a bit like her relatives. While Blossom was signing her CD, Jaye asked her if she had a songbook. In her small voice, Dearie replied "Yes. But it's out of print". Jaye vowed to one day find it!
A touring production of Joseph Papp's "Pirates of Penzance" led Jaye to New York where she continued to audition and perform while finishing her Master's Degree in Vocal Performance at NYU. Soon after graduating Jaye said to herself "I have to make this work for me!" She formed her own LLC and went to the Broadway League to learn how to produce, eventually mounting shows in LA and NYC at the Fringe and New York Music Theatre Festival. 
When Blossom Dearie passed away in 2009, she remembered the songbook and a new plan began to form. With the help of sheet music expert, Michael Lavine (who contacted the Library of Congress), Jaye tracked down the music and used it as the basis of her own solo show Bird Amongst the Blossom: The Blossom Dearie Songbook.
She applied to the United Solo Festival and in 2011 activated her first Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the production. Her first performance featured only her on the piano and a bass player, because Blossom once said "Even when times were tough, I always had a bass player." But the story didn't end there. 
Jaye developed the show on both coasts, playing in cabaret clubs and theaters in San Francisco, LA, NYC and even right here at Ripley-Grier! Her devotion to Blossom and her music eventually caught the ear of some of the musician's former colleagues, and she has recently found herself in the enviable position of being able to record Blossom's songs at Capital Records (in the same studio that Blossom recorded in)! Jaye looks at this as yet another opportunity to pay tribute to the artist who inspired her all those years ago: "I knew that I needed to record because I was making connections with Blossom's people. And although she published her songbook, Blossom never recorded it as a project (as most artists did). "I really wanted to find a place that Blossom recorded, and I knew that Capital records was still out there, so I looked on their website and saw that they even produce vinyl, which is really what I wanted. I want to honor the vintage, classic, Jazz Trio sound that she had." 
It's clear that Jaye Maynard is following in her idol's footsteps. Her next step is raising money for the production: $20,888, to be exact. After her success with her first Kickstarter, she's back on the fundraising platform, and she has some pretty cool incentives, including a chance to play on the recording.  
You can learn more info about the album on TheblossomDearieSongbook.com and you can contribute to the project at  www.JayeMaynard.com.  
Just like Blossom, Jaye's committed to finding innovative ways to produce her own work as well as the work of others. And we're so proud that she considers Ripley-Grier an inspiring place for all her creative needs. "Ripley Grier has become my creative home. I can rehearse here. I can record here. I can do photo-shoots here. They have always supported my art. Thanks, Ripley Grier!"  
Thank you Jaye, for choosing us as your home base for this amazing adventure. In the words of Blossom, "we like you. You're nice". And we can't wait to hear the album.  
Interview By Graham McCarty 
RED NOSE DAY
IS THURSDAY MAY 24TH
STOP BY ANY RG LOCATION TO GET YOUR VERY OWN RED NOSE.
Visit www.RedNoseDay.org for info.
Help us support the East Lynne Theater in Cape May, NJ. A few weeks ago they suffered a devastating fire to their home base (office-cast house).
There will be a Fund-Raiser / Performance of  
ZELDA & SCOTT: A LIFE AFFAIR
on Saturday June 16th at 3:00pm
@ Ripley-Grier Studio 305 W. 38th St. Studio #312

  FREE CAREER ADVICE
15 MINUTE CONSULTATION 
WITH ANNIE CHADWICK. 

May 23rd (10am - 1pm)
 RG 520 8th Avenue 
16th Floor Lobby

REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 10:00am
Kick off the Spring season with new career focus, energy, dedication & a clear plan to achieve your goals. In this on-the-spot Q&A opportunity, Annie can help you identify a career focus for the next 6 months, provide insight on making your marketing tools more effective, and give you innovative self-promotional techniques.
 
PLEASE BRING YOUR PICTURE & RESUME. 

Greetings: We are having a prolonged, cool Spring, so try to stay active (and dry). There is a lot of dampness, and that can bring conditions that may lead to respiratory and arthritic maladies. Continue to dress warmly and do not become inactive.
We did not speak that much in my article last month about Earth Day so I want to spend a short time on that very important subject. I have some info regarding what we can do to help keep our planet less polluted and more livable for all our Earth citizens...
In this issue I can address WATER:
Do not run your faucet when brushing your teeth (that water is more precious than gold to many of our fellow earthlings). Try not to rinse cups and dishes excessively. Use the economy settings on your clothes washer and dishwasher, if applicable. Use cold, cool or warm water settings instead of hot for your washing machine, and make sure your washers are full (not half loaded). If you have water left in your water bottle don't dump it, use it for watering plants or from a faucet filter system or Brita system instead of purchasing commercial bottles. Shower and bathe efficiently; don't run your shower or bathe more than twice a week. Spot cleaning is just fine. Over washing reduces essential body oils and drys out the skin and hair. Use "low suds" shampoos (less rinsing), and only shampoo once. Try not to flush your toilets for other than waste. Don't flush nose tissues or makeup tissues, throw them in the trash. Only make as much coffee  as you will drink, don't make a full pot each time. If you have a yard get a cistern system set up so you can use rainwater to water your outdoor plants. Even on a fire escape you can capture water (don't let the water sit more than a couple days (it will breed mosquitoes). Support all water conservation and contribute to organizations that are bringing fresh clean water to our fellow citizens who suffer from not having a clean, safe and abundant water supply.  
The Earth is here for everyone, however most folks struggle to survive on precious resources that wealthier, more fortunate countries take for granted.  
With gratitude always, Patricia 
Hi. My first year of college is coming to an end. On Sunday 5/20 I played in the band during commencement and got to see all of the seniors graduate. Congrats to everyone graduating this year! It has been a very interesting and exiting year. I have learned a lot, especially about being a commuter.
During the beginning of my summer break, I'm going on vacation with my parents to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Scotland. We will be traveling for a little over 3 weeks, staying an average of 5 days in each country (except for Finland where we will only be spending 3 days). And after we return I'm going to see Imagine Dragons in concert.  
My friend, Valentina, will be vising from Italy, as usual, and we will be taking our annual trip to Cape May, NJ and Montauk, NY. I will be working at RG this summer as well....look for me (I have blue/green hair and am usually wearing a Yankee's shirt).
See you soon, Jeannie 
Jeannie is the Daughter of RG owners Patricia Ripley & Butch Grier
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
JUNE 17TH