48 posts categorized "Music"

July 26, 2012

Sheryl Crow ... 50 and Smokin' Hot

Did you know that Sheryl Crow is 50 years old? I don't know why I didn't realize that ... after all, Gerardo and I have been HUGE fans of Sheryl since way back when. It was about 25 years ago when we went to our first Sheryl Crow concert together at The Whiskey. She was just starting to explode onto the scene and her parents were in the audience cheering her on. So sweet.

Jenny Doh and Sheryl Crow and Gerardo MouetLast night, Gerardo and I had a complete and total blast watching Sheryl in concert again. And what a thrill it was to be able to meet and visit with her before the show. She was so nice. A class act all the way.

So why do I bring up Sheryl's age? Well ... because for the longest time I just assumed that she was younger than me. The way she looks, her vitality, the way she dresses, her whole package ... this shot below isn't the best one because it's a bit blurry but the way she sings, the way she tells her stories ... she is mesmerizing.

sheryl crowShe's been through a lot too. Breast cancer. Relationship challenges. Single motherhood. And now some additional health challenges which I believe she'll power through. The way she talks about all of these things ... it's so easy ... so real ... she doesn't hide or mask her stories. They are there.

sheryl crow
I'll be daring and end by posting this final photo below ...
Sheryl Crow.
50 years old and smokin' hot.

sheryl crowI posted this photo earlier today on my Instagram and it caused a bit of a stir ... causing some digs about Sheryl. Mainly about how it's easy to be this fit if you've never birthed a child and if you have money to invest in personal training.

Blah, blah, blah.

Similar digs are said about Jennifer Hudson. I've heard it. "Oh if I had money and an endorsement contract, I'd lose weight too." Um ... on the count of three, let's think of celebrities who have been given endorsement deals by Jenny Craig and such and have not come close to what Jennifer Hudson has done. Ready? One, two, three.

Ok ... more ...

On the count of three, think of a woman who hasn't given birth, and who has money but still hasn't gotten fit. Ready? One, two, three.

Now, on the count of three, think of a woman with a moderate income who has given birth but who has gotten fit. Ready? One, two, three.

The thing is, there are always examples that prove the digs right, and also examples that prove the digs downright wrong.

I remember after I had my babies in my social worker days, I spent something like 200 bucks to buy a Nordic Trak machine and worked my tail off on that machine for weeks on end to lose the pregnancy weight. It was a lot of money to spend back then for me. And I remember a colleague who said to me "Well, if I had access to a machine like that, I'd be able to lose weight too."

The gall.

It made me so mad. Because it's not that I had access to a machine that she could never have access to. She could have sacrificed things she was spending money on to buy a Nordic Trak or a treadmill or a gym membership or a flippin' jump rope for Pete's sake. It was really her discounting the discipline, hard work, the grit that it took for me to coordinate putting my newborn in an automated swing, settting my toddler up with a Barney video, while I got my soft, pudgy body onto the thing that I decided to invest in for 30 minutes every day, to lose my pregnancy weight. It was so hard.

One of the first things I have people do in my Crafting Fitness class is to identify who their fitness role model is. And people come up with all sorts of people. It's one of my favorite parts of the class because fitness role models come in differnet sizes, shapes, ages, professions, and walks of life. Role models give us hope. They inspire us. They motivate us. I've had several over the years. Some celebrities, some friends, some strangers who don't realize I am in awe of them at the gym. And the thing is, who motivates me is different from who motivates you ... as it should be.

I guess this is a long way of sayinng that in this season of my life, Sheryl has become my new fitness role model. She gives me hope that I can not only succeed in successfully fighting for fitness in my 40s, but well into my 50s and beyond. And regardless of what kinds of comforts or advantages we may assume she has, I also know she has discomforts and disadvantages that only she knows about.

But I know this. She's 50 and looks better than many 20-somethings and 30-somethings. And if she can do it, I know others can do it too.

So ... what about you? Who's your fitness role model? Who gives you hope, inspires you, motivates you, and challenges you to aim for optimum fitness in your season of life?

November 24, 2011

Jenny + Monica + Andrew = Happy Thanksgiving 2011

Dedicated to the miserable ones.

HappyWith love, Jenny, Andrew, and Monica.

July 06, 2011

Meet Carter :)

Meet Carter.
Dr. Carter Dewberry.
I go to see her regularly.
What is she a doctor of?
Carter Dewberry
View this 35-second video to find out.

Yes. Carter is my cello teacher. If you're looking for a cello teacher, and you're in southern California, she's the one. And if you want to check out what her students sound like, check out The OC Cello Choir's FREE concert coming up at The Yost theater on August 20th in Santa Ana. (Unfortunately, I will not be participating in this particular concert but look forward to being in future ones.)

Wanna hear another one from Carter? Check this one that she plays called Yen Tango. Oh and by the way ... Carter wrote it.

February 26, 2011

Bow to Strings

My new cello bow arrived last week. You may remember my telling you that part of my goal for the new year was to start playing my cello more ... and since my bow has been out of commission for quite some time, Step One to realizing my goal was to get a new bow. And here she is.

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I'll be putting the bow to strings plenty this weekend because I recently met a woman at an event  who teaches cello here in Santa Ana. She has a doctorate in Musical Arts. Carter is her name. Dr. Carter Dewberry. I feel so lucky because of course in the back of my mind, after Step One was Step Two of finding an instructor who could motivate me to get back into things with the cello.

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My first lesson is on Monday. Time to resin up the bow.

January 23, 2011

Freight Train

Freight train freight train run so fast
Freight train freight train run so fast
Please don't tell which train I'm on
They won't know, which route I'm going

Monica & Jenny When I'm dead and in my grave
No more good times here I'll crave
Place the stones at my head and feet
And tell them I've gone to sleep

When I die oh bury me deep
Down at the end of old Chestnut Street
So I can hear old Number Nine
When she comes rolling by

Jenny Doh
When I die oh bury me deep
Down at the end of old Chestnut Street
Place the stones at my head and feet
And tell them all I've gone to sleep

Jenny Doh
Lyrics by Elizabeth Cotten

December 31, 2010

Romancing the Cello

Before the year is over, thought I'd post these photos that were taken a while ago but that I never posted on this blog. I do adore these shots.

Jenny Doh They are from a photo shoot for a magazine story titled Romancing the Cello.

Jenny Doh I love the ones in black and white but thought I'd throw in a couple in color to show the color of my dress.

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If there's a resolution to be made, it's for me to play more this coming year. Yes, I will play more as I embrace my word for the coming year: ENJOY.

Jenny Doh
Wishing you all the best in the coming 2011.


July 04, 2010

Anyone Else But You

June 18, 2010


For the longest time, I've been wanting to knit myself a pair of red knee-highs with a touch of black and maybe a touch of white. After looking for the perfect pattern, I decided to design my own, based on how I have imagined them to be. So far so good, don't you think?


Another thing I've wanted to do for the longest time is to learn how to play the ukulele. So I've finally started. I've always loved the clean and playful sounds that come from the instrument ... and quite honestly, I've loved the idea that because of its small size, it's super mobile. (Very different than my cello or my guitar or piano.) I hope that in a few weeks I'll have a few tunes that I can play for you ... and if all goes well, maybe I'll be wearing my knee-highs for that performance!

Check out how itty bitty it is when placed next to my cello. It's so dang cute that I feel like I need to name it. We'll see if a name emerges.

Happy knitting. And happy music-making. :)

April 22, 2010


"I want to be happy, but I can't be happy, til I make you happy too ..."

I wonder if Toby and Scout will ever really know how happy they make me every single day. And I hope that they feel the same way about me. Because I love them and I want them to be happy. I owe them so much.

March 29, 2010


It's not just because she's a great writer, a great photographer, a great artist, and great listener that I love Susan Tuttle.


It's because she allows herself to be vulnerable. She puts herself out there ... and dares herself to take risks and share all of who she is ... because she knows it's short, this one life we all get. 

And the beauty that we create ... it becomes most brilliant when we go for it, and share. 

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