Musicians-Aid Society

Heidi Me Ezekiel

Last Thursday I had the opportunity to join my boss, Heidi Hynes, her family and Ezekiel and his mother on a cruise!

It was a cruise on The Jewel that headed south along the East River and passed underneath the 3 major bridges (Williamsburg, Manhattan and Brooklyn), then it continued to cruise through the New York harbor to the Statue of Liberty. Then the Jewel turned around and made the same trip again in reverse.

The purpose was to raise money for the Musicians-Aid Society which is the same society that sends musicians to the Mary Mitchell Center.

I originally told the piano player, Patrick McLellan, that I wasn’t going but I am glad I changed my mind. Even though it rained most of the night, it was a great experience. I got to meet wonderful people (which you will see in the photos) and even got to hear the great  saxophonist Charles Neville live (from the Neville Brothers) and heard his son, Kelif, play a mean piano.

Here I am smiling with Ezekiel and Heidi.

Lilly & Charles Neville

Lily & Charles Neville


Here I am with Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers. I grew up listening to his brother, Aaron Neville. When I heard that Charles Neville was going to be performing, I was just as excited to meet him as I would have been for his brother.

I appreciate music and the hard work and dedication that great musicians put into their craft.  I have a special love for African-American musicians because it’s what I am and what I can relate to the most….sometimes.

As a celebrity and a musician I notice that he was very humble and approachable.