by Joy Zimmerman

Note by Note: We'll Hold the Light | No. 31 | 1.25.21

Applause still resounds from balconies at shift change…signs proclaim gratitude in yards across the country…firsthand accounts appear in newspapers…yet we can’t thank health care workers enough. 

I was inspired to write We’ll Hold the Light from my front row seat…

Note by Note: A New Day| No. 7 | 7.20.20

How have these times changed you? Even as I ask, I doubt any of us can fully answer. I suspect we’ll be unravelling the impact of this pandemic for decades. 

Living with an invisible, unprecedented threat has brought with new…

Note by Note: Hallelujah | No. 28 | 6.7.20

"This world is full of conflicts and full of things that cannot be reconciled. But there are moments when we can...reconcile and embrace the whole mess, and that's what I mean by 'Hallelujah.' "   ~Leonard Cohen 

Hallelujah (n.) – an…

Note by Note: Life's Blooper Reels | No. 27 | 5.15.20

When Linda cooked up the idea of recording a live CD, my insides clenched. I proceeded to be nervous for the next four months. 

You see, I’m a card-carrying perfectionist. I love performing and sharing music live, but “what happens…

Note by Note: If I Needed You | No. 26 | 4.12.20

Five-year-old me is rocking back and forth on her heels. All dressed up, I am waiting to meet Santa Claus for the first time. The line for the elevator at this department store in downtown St. Louis is long. My…

Note by Note: The Fall | No. 25 | 3.19.20

My dream was crystal clear. A woman was falling from a tall skyscraper in slow motion right in front of me. I watched helplessly from across the street. Unable to I avert my eyes, I was horrified and also confused—why…

Note by Note: Consider the Bear | No. 24 | 2.20.20

Consider the bear... 

* Bears hibernate up to 7½ months without eating, drinking, urinating or defecating. They have an amazing self-contained system that enables them to recycle their own water and retain bone strength and muscle mass. 
* During hibernation…

Note by Note: Hats Off to 2020! | No. 23 | 1.17.20

My word of intention for this new year is “gutsy.” I originally toyed with “fearless” but decided that a certain amount of fear will be my companion if I’m living right.  Choosing gutsiness, I’m declaring “Hats Off to 2020!” 


Note by Note: Until the Dawn | No. 21 | November 19, 2019

We are creatures of habit, aren’t we? 

Most of us drive to work the same way, hang out with the same people, and follow familiar routines. We seek patterns and predictability to help us make sense of the world. 


Note by Note: Evensong | No. 20 | October 23, 2019 

I’m currently writing a song called “Not Enough Time in a Lifetime”, but I haven’t had enough time to finish it. Seriously. 

  • When your head hits the pillow, do you usually feel your day was well spent? 
  • Do you