Performing at Border's Bookstore


My husband’s brother, Bill, who has been a musician all his life sent me this email the other day:

On Jul 31, 2010, Bill Unger wrote:

What you’re doing musically is incredibly exciting.  I wish I could be there to see you perform.  I love the chord voicings you use.  Definitely a bit more sophisticated than your average finger-picking.  Kinda reminds me of voicings James Taylor or Paul Simon might use, but hey, what do I know.

Love, Bill

Thanks, Bill, for your compliments!

I think my live performances are getting better; studio recording is truly an art in itself. My arranger, George, is very talented at adding instrumental accompaniment to my songs. I love the effect. I wish I were a better singer; but I have improved a lot.

By the way, my song “What You’ve Meant to Me” was written for Mike when I was 19!

It’s fun sharing with you. Wish me luck; tonight I’m performing at the Sherman Oaks Border’s!

Love, Judy

p.s. I analyzed James Taylor, Jim Croce, and Paul Simon’s guitar chords when I was fifteen years old. I would play their records over and over with my guitar tuned to the song. I was able to replicate the guitar parts perfectly on Scarborough Fair, Feeling Groovy, Time in a Bottle, You’ve Got a Friend, and many songs by the group “Bread.”

My friend, Susan, came to my Saturday night show!

I received this card and letter in the mail a few hours before my Saturday night performance at Border’s.


1. Life, in general.

2. I love my music.

3. I have made time to reconnect with many of my friends, lately, and I’m loving it!

4. My guitar sounds great.

5. My fingernails that were non-existent for fifty years are looking good.

6. My weight loss has me feeling lighter than air.

7. My parents are “hanging in there” and enjoying seeing me with fingernails. Fingernails translate into, “Their daughter has less anxiety these days!”

8. I’m enjoying performing at Border’s and playing for other people.


1. I lost my cell phone without a clue as to how it walked away from my purse.

2. I’m not “on the ball,” like I used to be. Translation: I used to take charge of so many people, but now I’m having so much fun with my music that it’s not a priority.” Example: On Saturday there was a gathering for my mother’s birthday of eighteen people. Everyone was wondering why I didn’t even make a reservation at the restaurant. That’s a reasonable question. And of course, I was twenty minutes late because of my lost cell phone!

3. My car doesn’t sound good and is filthy.

4. I still get nervous before my performances – but it’s getting better.

5. Sometimes I cry when I sing.

My mom’s birthday gathering on Saturday. We all posed outside Claim Jumper Restaurant.

My brother, Norm, on the left, my father, my nephew, Sean, and my brother, Howard.

© Judy Unger and http://www.myjourneysinsight.com 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

About Judy

I'm an illustrator by profession. At this juncture in my life, I am pursuing my dream of writing and composing music. Every day of my life is precious!
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