One thing cherished is the gift of relationships, vulnerable and honest, with family and friends. In my experience, the common language of music nourishes these relationships. The passion of certain words in combination with a musical texture, given expression through a human voice, stirs our souls and touches our senses, drawing us together in ways that cannot be achieved by words alone. The intimact of music brings to mind memories and draws us to the honesty of love that we long for. It makes us laugh and it makes us cry. On one occasion, after a recital that my daughter and I had given, she was amazed at the tears of our listeners as we sang. It is the power of the human voice to touch us deeply that both surprises me and gives me delight. It is why I sing, hoping to create a space whereby we come to touch the sacred, our spirituality, and our common humanity. It is the reason for my title, 'and the greatest is love ...', and the songs selected. This gift of singing has drawn me to places of great joy and overwhelming loneliness, and my tears have come at unexpected moments. The haunting role of Peter Grimes that I sang under the direction of Maestro Seiji Ozawa at the Tanglewood Summer Music Festival reminded me of the lonely and desperate moments that come our way. While singing at the Stefaniensaal in Graz, Austria to the music of Weber's 'Durch die Walder), the extravagant ornamentation of the moment reminded me of the incredible heights of beauty to which we yearn. Singing out the artistry of Bellini at a Toronto 'Opera in Concet' venue, our capacity for woundrous and extreme joy was touched. I am profoundly thankful for the gift and development of my voice that has given me these musical opportunities. Sometimes, the music is best when I am singing in someone's home, humming to myself on a morning walk, or singing to (and sometimes with) the loons at the family cottage. Such is the gift of the instrument that always travels with me. I hope that it's journey to you, within this music, fills you with the same delight.