Author Archives: Rick Vale



Rick Vale

A PERSONAL SOUNDTRACK
ENCOURAGEMENT

A PERSONAL SOUNDTRACK

So, I’ve returned from a short vacation and returning to work always involves a bit of “mind focusing” – especially after doing NOTHING but sitting on a beach with a...

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July 16, 2019
THE STORY
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

THE STORY

Once again, this holiday, I performed with the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra (the “big band” I’ve been singing with for over 19 years).  We have played many “patriotic” gigs throughout the...

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July 03, 2019
GOD & COUNTRY
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

GOD & COUNTRY

I am so blessed and happy to live in a country that makes it relatively easy to be a Believer & Follower of Jesus the Christ.  I am thankful every...

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June 25, 2019
MICHAEL
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT, THE CHURCH

MICHAEL

Each June I think about my friend, Michael.  Michael was a conductor, chorus master, lecturer, author, musicologist, accompanist & my vocal coach when I performed opera.  He was also my...

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June 18, 2019
THE GREEN JACKET
ENCOURAGEMENT

THE GREEN JACKET

During my college years, in Seattle, I played the piano and sang – somewhat frequently – to try and make a living while going to class.  I had some “regular...

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June 04, 2019
TEACHERS
ENCOURAGEMENT

TEACHERS

Miss LaClaire, Miss Just, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Van Dyke, Mrs. Goranson, Mrs. Stankman, Mr. McNamara. When Graduation comes around I go through these names and memories again. I may not...

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May 28, 2019
STAGE SET
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

STAGE SET

As a child, I was first fascinated by theatrical productions not because of the performances, but because of the sets.  Now, more than ever, and after several years in professional...

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May 21, 2019
MOUNT ST. HELENS
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

MOUNT ST. HELENS

It was 39 years ago this week (May 18th, to be exact and hard to believe) that Mount St. Helens erupted.  It was a Sunday, early in the morning, I...

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May 14, 2019