Synchronicity: Musings on Words, Music, and the Arts

syn∙chro∙nic∙i∙ty (n)  1: the quality or fact of being synchronous   2: the coincidental occurrence of events and especially psychic events (as similar thoughts in widely separated persons or a mental image of an unexpected event before it happens) that seem related but are not explained by conventional mechanisms of causality  3: a song by The Police

If you’re of a certain age, then the third definition of synchronicity is probably the first one that comes to mind. But I like to think that life is all a matter of timing and some of the best things happen unexpectedly, when circumstances come together in just the right way, even – and maybe especially – if it’s not what you expected.

That’s how I ended up with an 18-year career in marketing the performing arts. I was working in an office and volunteering as an usher at the local theatre when I was unexpectedly laid off. As I searched for what I really wanted to do, I decided that communications was the ticket. As a French major in college and an avid reader and bibliophile, I was always interested in words and language and had found I was good at explaining and promoting things.

Shortly after, I went in to get my usher schedule from the volunteer coordinator, and surprisingly, there was an opening in the theatre’s marketing department and the marketing director had majored in the same subject as me, at the exact same college.

Ten years later, due to another layoff, I moved to Rochester, New York, and was lucky to continue working in arts marketing, this time for a symphony orchestra. In both jobs, I was known as the person to go to when you needed to have something proofread or edited (earning the nickname of “Eagle Eye”), and my primary responsibilities included working on program books and brochures.

And now, after another career change which had its own serendipitous beginning, I have started my own freelance business, offering proofreading, copy editing, and marketing services to my clients.

So this blog is my place to share with you my thoughts on a variety of subjects: words and language; music in all styles (although folk music makes up the majority of my CD collection and I spend a lot of my free time singing and playing dulcimer and ukulele); and theatre, dance, fine art, and anything else that strikes my fancy. Along the way, there may also be those moments where the various art forms merge – which sometimes makes for the greatest synchronicity.

Oh, and if you want to read more about synchronicity, check out this link. This web site includes a number of stories of people who experience that moment of things coming together in their lives. Some of them seem too out-there to really be true, but I’ve had enough odd moments of intuition and synchronicity in my own life to think that they are possible.

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