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May is for flowers!

And new albums, and pretending it’s not my birthday!

Yes I am obsessed with these little flowers!

Good morning, friends and fellow music lovers!

Spring is coming on in full force and the sand lillies are popping up everywhere around here – it’s magical! I hope you are taking in some magic of wildflowers and sunshine wherever you are. 

Some fun news: I made a new CD for my Patreon community! It features twelve new unreleased songs recorded with just me and my guitar in beautiful Grange Recorders studio here in Sisters. It felt like a great way to celebrate what a blessing this community has been. The support and encouragement and connection, especially during this last year, has been so incredibly meaningful. You can join my Patreon community for as little as $1 a month, and I am offering this album as a gift to anyone who signs up in the month of May! Click here to read all about it. 

I’m so excited about these fun events coming up in May… I hope you’ll join me!

Thursday, May 6 – She’s Speaking Livestream Concert: Songs for All Moms! She’s Speaking – songs about women, by women, for everyone – is celebrating moms and grandmas with a special livestream concert! We’ll hear live performances of original songs from Bre GreggKristen GraingerSusan GibsonMai BloomfieldEmily AldridgeKaryn AnnNatalie Jean, and Naomi LaViolette along with stories of how the songs came to be and the amazing moms and grandmas who inspired them. Come join us as we share songs and laughter and tears and a little conversation in celebration of moms everywhere! It will be similar to my Joyful Measures livestreams, but with 9 people instead of 2 or 3!

Tune in to the livestream on our She’s Speaking Facebook page. (You do not have to have a Facebook account to watch.) It is free and open to all, and donations for the artists will be joyfully accepted! Donate $20 or more and you will automatically be entered into a raffle for a gift certificate for an Andante Vineyard‘s Wine Tasting Experience for 4 Adults!

7 pm Pacific / 8 pm Mountain / 9 pm Central / 10 pm Eastern 

Saturday, May 8 – Birdsongs for Audubon – A Livestream Concert. Celebrate the return of our migratory birds with Birdsongs for Audubon – a livestream concert featuring music from internationally touring folk artists Beth Wood, Jack Williams, and Still on the Hill! This concert, benefitting San Diego Audubon Society, features the songs of performers who have been inspired by birds.

A special bonus for bird-lovers: we will be birding the concert! Each of the featured performers will be singing songs that are either about birds or have birds in the songs.  Listen for the birds mentioned and share your list with us! Find the most species and be eligible for a prize! Prizewinners will be informed on  May 9, 2021. Submit your checklist by May 9, 2021.

$20 per viewing device. Multiple people can watch from one device. Additional donations welcomed. All proceeds benefit the Conservation, Education and Sanctuary programs of San Diego Audubon Society. 6-8 pm Pacific time. Click here to register.

Wednesday, May 14 – Monthly Virtual Song Circle. Songs need to be heard, and songwriters need community! We can’t meet in person, so let’s meet on Zoom to gather by the virtual campfire and share some songs! Attendance will be capped at 10 people, and the circle will go for two hours maximum. Please email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com to reserve your spot. There is no cost to attend. Free-will donations of $5-10 will be joyfully accepted (Venmo: @bethwoodmusic or Paypal).

I had so much fun bringing poetry to the schools here in Sisters last week in celebration of Poetry Month! Huge gratitude to the Sisters Folk Festival for giving me the opportunity to work with 5th graders. Young minds are open, curious, and thirsty, and we had a blast making stuff together. We wrote class poems about hope, and they are making beautiful art with their words on painted canvas! Thank you to Ms. Patton and Ms. Fuentes for making it so fun! And I’m thrilled to have an artist residency bringing poetry to the Black Butte school this month. This is the kind of work I never would have imagined for myself, but I absolutely LOVE IT! We have much to learn from young ones, and I am listening. 🙂

Speaking of poetry, I was honored to be a part of the Celebration Circle, a multi-faith community virtual gathering, this past Sunday along with one of my favorite poets, Naomi Shihab Nye. You can read her beloved poem “Kindness” here. I was honored to share a few songs and be a part of that beautiful ceremony.  Here’s a link to the video in case you missed it. 

And finally, here’s a song I wrote for my friend Catherine, but it feels like it is for all of us now. I love the Mourning Dove backup singer at the end. 🙂

for catherine (everything is different now)

Thank you for walking beside me on this creative journey. I am ever grateful!

With love from your fan,

Beth Wood

 PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon, a subcription to my music and poetry!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram: @bethwoodmusic  

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

She’s Speaking on YouTube

She’s Speaking on Facebook

She’s Speaking on Instagram: @ShesSpeakingsongs

April newsy news!

Thank you, Cassy Berry for this lovely photo.

Hello, friends and fellow music lovers —

I hope the sun is shining where you are! I am grateful for these longer days and for the tiny flowers beginning to show their faces. 

I’ve got some fun things to share this month! I’m continuing to teach my songwring classes online and really enjoying that. I hope to offer more in the coming months…perhaps some still online, some locally outside, socially distanced? 

April is poetry month and to that I say…isn’t every month poetry month?! 🙂 I am sooo excited to be doing an artist residency in the schools here in Sisters in celebration poetry month! I’ll be working with 5th graders to explore and create poetry, and I can’t wait to see what their curious minds come up with. 

I’m also working with my friends Bre Gregg and Kristen Grainger to build upon the momentum that started with our launch of the She’s Speaking project! If you haven’t done so yet, check out our YouTube channel here! We’ve created a home for songs about women, by women, for everyone, and so far we have over over 50 amazing artists! If you’d like to learn more, here’s a lovely article from the Bend Bulletin, and here’s a fun interview we did with KMUZ radio’s Melanie Zermer! Stay tuned for more fun stuff!

And I am  SO excited to be celebrating one year with my Patreon community! I can’t believe it’s been a year and I can’t believe what we have built. If you’re new to this idea, Patreon is a membership platform that allows you to support my music and poery directly and have exclusive access to my new work, works in progress, and online patron-only gatherings. It’s like backstage pass to what I am creating, and a community all rolled up into one. I release one song and one poem each month to my Patreon peeps, rain or shine! You can become a member for as little as $1 a month..whaaaat!? As a gift to my patrons, I’m making an ablum of all the songs I have shared with them over the past year. And I am offering to share that album as my gift to anyone who signs up for Patreon this month! I know, I know, you’re thinking it’s one more password you have to remember, one more thing you gotta sign up for…but it truly is a rewarding way to share new work and it has made my life in music more sustainable. I hope you’ll come join us!

Also, I’ve got these events coming up…

Mon, April 12 – Livestream Reading with Kim Stafford hosted by Annie Bloom’s Books! Annie Bloom’s is a beloved independent book store in Portland’s Multnomah Village, and I’ve spent many an hour browsing the shelves and attending events there. This event is a celebration of Oregon poet Kim Stafford‘s new book, Singer, Come From Afar, and I am delighted ot be his special guest. The event is free and open to all and you can register here! 7 pm. 

Wed, April 14 – Monthly Virtual Song Circle. Songs need to be heard, and songwriters need community! We can’t meet in person, so let’s meet on Zoom to gather by the virtual campfire and share some songs! Attendance will be capped at 12 people, and the circle will go for two hours maximum. There are a few spots left for this month’s circle – please email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com to reserve your spot. There is no cost to attend. Free-will donations of $5-10 will be joyfully accepted (Venmo: @bethwoodmusic or Paypal). 7-9 pm.

 In case you missed it, here’s a really fun livestream concert I did last month with my good friend David Lamotte. Hope you enjoy!

joyful measures livestream concert with david lamotte and beth wood

May these spring days  bring sun and poetry and little slivers of hope. I am ever grateful for you. Yours in song,

Beth Wood

 PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon, a subcription to my music and poetry!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram: @bethwoodmusic  

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

She’s Speaking on YouTube

She’s Speaking on Facebook

She’s Speaking on Instagram: @ShesSpeakingsongs

News so great I couldn’t wait to tell you!

 

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers! It feels like we are finally turning toward spring and maaaan am I ready for it! I hope you are keeping healthy and keeping your spirits up. It brings me joy to connect in any way we can. 🙂

Here are a few deliciously fun things coming up I just couldn’t wait to tell you about. Hope to “see” you there. 

Thursday, Feb 25 – TOMORROW NIGHT –  I am thrilled to host another Joyful Measures Livestream concert, this time featuring friends and luminous songbirds Sarah Sample and Edie Carey. You can watch on my Facebook music page, and you don’t have to have a Facebook account to watch. The intent of this offering is to create a space for beauty, solace, connection, and celebration through word and song while also getting to hear my friends! Sarah Sample and Edie Carey create lush, moving, gorgeous music that moves me deeply — both as solo artists, and as a duo. They teamed up to create a lullaby album called “Til The Morning” that is one of my favorites of all time. A night with these two light-bringers is just the medicine we need! And also dangit, I miss my friends! We’ll swap songs and tell stories and probably giggle a lot. Plus we’ll have a little conversation about what is bringing us joy right now. It’s free and open to all, and donations to the artists are joyfully accepted at Paypal or Venmo @bethwoodmusic. We hope you’ll tune in at 6:30 Pacific/7:30 Mountain/8:30 Central/9:30 Eastern.

We’ll do a little Zoom after-party after our concert with my Patreon peeps. You can sign up for my Patreon here to get a new song and new poem every month and access to our Zooms!

And then…I can’t wait for this!

March 5-7 – Sisters Songworks 3.0, An Intimate Virtual Writing Retreat. I am so excited to get to curate, facilitate and host this amazing weekend songwriting retreat! The two retreats we have done so far have been incredibly inspiring, heart-warming, and spirit-lifting in a time when I needed it most. Our instructors for this retreat are the amazing Susan GibsonJohnsmith, and Susan Werner. I mean, COME ON!!  Please email me with any questions. Here is the link for info and registration. $175. 

And finally…

I am SO excited about new project I’m starting with friends and amazing artists Bre Gregg and Kristen Grainger. It is called “She’s Speaking” and we have invited amazing women songwriters we know to write an original song about a women who inspires her. I’ve been thinking lately about how it’s up to us to make the world we want to live in. One thing I would love to see is more stories about women, and more stories told by women. Women’s voices need to be heard, now more than ever.

We already have so many incredible artists signed on!! We are building a YouTube channel for videos of all the songs and we will launch on March 8, International Women’s Day with a special livestream event. If this lights you up (and we hope it does!) here’s where we could use your help: will you follow our social media channels please? It’s the best way to support the project and stay in touch with news!

She’s Speaking YouTube

She’s Speaking Instagram: @shesspeakingsongs

She’s Speaking Facebook page

There’s lots of fun stuff coming up later in March… I’ll send more details as we get closer but here’s the scoop:

March 8 – She’s Speaking Livestream Launch Party

March 10 – Virtual Song Circle

March 16 – Joyful Measures Livestream concert with David Lamotte, WOOP!

Thank you for staying in touch and for cheering me on in my creative journey. I hope some of these offerings resonate with you! With much love and gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon, a subcription to my music and poetry!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic  

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

a beautiful hike over the Crooked River Canyon!

February newsy news is here!

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

Hello from a beautiful snowy blue sky morning in Sisters. This new year is in full swing and there is so much fun stuff happening I don’t know where to begin! Here’s what’s up…

My Patreon community has grown to 113 amazing angel-people and we’re still growing! This is where I share new works exclusively. Patreon is a subscription to my work and a back stage pass all rolled into one! It’s super easy to join so check it out here!

February 1 – We have added a second 6-Week songwriting class beginning Feb 1! I am truly amazed and touched by the abundance of folks who are looking to geek out on songs and songwriting with me. This class will meet on Zoom on Monday evenings from 7-8:30 Pacific time. It is called “Writing the Songs Only You Can Write” and all levels of experience are welcome. We’ll do lots of discussing, listening, writing in and out of class, sharing our work and cheering each other on. Here’s where you can register and find more info! Dates are Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1 & 8.

The first weekend in February (Feb 5-7), I am hosting Sisters Songworks 2.0, an intimate virtual writing retreat with instructors Jonathan Byrd, Ellis Delany and Beth Nielsen Chapman. I mean COME ON! What an amazing line-up! We will cap attendance at 22 participants maximum. There are a few spots left but they are going fast! Here is the info and registration for this amazingw weekend of community and song.

February 10 – I’m hosting my monthly virtual song circle and there is one slot left! Songs need to be heard, and songwriters need community! We can’t meet in person, so let’s meet on Zoom to gather by the virtual campfire and share some songs! Attendance will be capped at 12 people, and the circle will go for two hours maximum. Please email me at bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com to reserve your spot. There is no cost to attend. Free-will donations of $5-10 will be joyfully accepted.

hosted by Beth Wood

February 19 – I’m pinching myself because on Friday, February 19, I get to do a poetry reading with the great Kim Stafford, hosted by our beloved independent book store, Paulina Springs Books! Everyone can attend as this is a virtual event, and there is no cost. I will be reading poems from my latest book Believe The Bird, play a song or two, and we’ll have some lively conversation. Kim will share a few poems, too. If you are not familiar with Kim Stafford, he was our Oregon poet laureate from 2018-2020, and he is a huge inspiration to me. I hope you’ll join us!

February 25 – And speaking of inspiration, I am SO EXCITED for my next Joyful Measures livestream concert on Feb 25th with special guests Sarah Sample and Edie Carey! The intent of this offering is to create a space for beauty, solace, connection, and celebration through word and song while also getting to hear my friends! Sarah Sample and Edie Carey create lush, moving, gorgeous music that moves me deeply — both as solo artists, and as a duo. They teamed up to create a lullaby album called “Til The Morning” that is one of my favorites of all time. A night with these two light-bringers is just the medicine we need! And also dangit, I miss my friends! We’ll swap songs and tell stories and probably giggle a lot. Plus we’ll have a little conversation about what is bringing us joy right now. Tune in on my Facebook music page. You do not have to have a Facebook account to watch. It’s free to watch and donations are joyfully accepted at Venmo: @bethwoodmusic or Paypal. 6:30 Pacific/7:30 Mountain/8:30 Central/9:30 Eastern. We’ll have a special patron-only Zoom after-party where we’ll keep giggling and singing a little more.                  

And finally, what a moment poetry is having after the super-charged, awe-inspiring reading by our Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman at the inauguration! It was so amazing to watch her soar, and to see how deeply moved people were by her poem and her performance. I felt so proud and so inspired watching her go! Here’s a poem I wrote for her the next morning.

I hope you are all keeping healthy and keeping your spirits up. It is so hard not to be able to hug each other, to share in a meal or live music or a movie or so many of those things that we hold dear. It feels like there is a little light at the end of this tunnel and I’ve got my eye on it. I’ll be reaching out with songs and words and virtual hugs until we meet again.

Thank you for cheering me on and tuning in and reading this. I am so incredibly grateful for you. Some of you have stuck with me since the early days of ‘Woodwork’ and Austin coffee shops and I just can’t believe how lucky I am. Your support and your presence on this creative journey means the world to me! With gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon, a subcription to my music and poetry!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic  

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

a beautiful snowy walk this morning…

More fun stuff coming up soon…

March 7-9 – Sisters Songworks 3.0 – An Intimate Virtual Writing Retreat

March 10 – Monthly Song Circle

March 16 – Joyful Measures Livestream Concert w/ David Lamotte

New Year, Newsy News!

Welcome, 2021…we’ve been waiting for you!

(thank you Brent McGregor for this awesome photo.)

Hello, friends and fellow music lovers, and Happy New Year!

May this new year bring magic and wonder and unlimited creativity. This has been an unforgettable time as we have all reimagined our way of doing things. Never have connection, music, and community felt so important. Here’s to finding creative ways to share all of those things! Here’s to facing forward and walking toward the world we want to live in, taking one step at at time. 

Firstly in this new year, I’d like to shout out to all of the adventurous folks who have joined me on Patreon! Patreon is a monthly subscription to my work, a back-stage hang-out, and a vibrant and caring inner-circle community…all rolled into one. These 110 folks who have joined are providing crucial direct support to my work, and also gaining access to all of my new songs and poems! This model is the future of the arts in our changing world. If my music or my poetry have resonated with you, I hope you’ll consider trying something new. For as little as $1 a month (or whatever amount you choose), you can become a member and get access to a new song and poem in your inbox each month! January is the time for trying new things. Click here to learn more!  And here’s the little video I made about it…

what is patreon?

Here is what’s coming up this month, y’all…scroll down for more details.

Wed, Jan 13 – Virtual Song Circle

Tue, Jan 26 – Begin 6-Week Songwriting Class : Writing The Songs Only You Can Write

Thu, Jan 28 – Begin 4-Week Dynamics in Performance Class

I’m excited to share that I am starting a monthly virtual song circle, open to anyone! Part of my mission is to create community through music, and I have dreamed of hosting a monthly song circle here in my new home town. We can’t meet in person right now, so let’s meet on Zoom to gather by the virtual campfire and share some songs! Attendance will be capped at 12 people, and the circle will go for two hours maximum. Songwriters of all levels are welcome. You are also free to play a cover song or share a poem/lyrics. Please email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com to reserve your spot. There is no cost to attend. Free-will donations of $5-10 will be joyfully accepted (Venmo: @bethwoodmusic or Paypal). Wednesday, Jan 13 at 7 pm Pacific time (and 2nd Wednesdays of the month after).

And guess what, I’m pairing up with Sisters Folk Festival again to offer my six-week Songwriting class and my four-week Dynamics in Performance class! I was so amazed and sparked and comforted by our virtual classes at the end of last year. Those precious things that music-lovers and songwriters and artists lost in 2020: connection, community, learning from and inspiring each other… we found through our virtual offerings. Songs may sometimes be born in solitude, but they can’t live and thrive there. They need to be heard, to be shared with others in order to grow into their full power and purpose. It’s amazing how effectively we can do that virtually. I hope you’ll consider joining us! Registration is open now – click here to learn more. Holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you have any questions. 

I’ll be dreaming up more Joyful Measures Livestream concerts to share songs and stories and get to see my friends whom I miss so much not being on the road! If you missed the last one with the great Chris Rosser, here it is below. And all of these livestream concerts currently live on my Facebook music page, which you can access here even if you don’t have a Facebook account.

joyful measures: livestream concert with beth wood & chris rosser

And finally, I am SO EXCITED to be directing three more Sisters Songworks virtual songwriting retreats on behalf of Sisters Folk Festival! This past October, we hosted the first “Sisters Songworks”, a 3-day virtual retreat with Anna Tivel, Tom Kimmel and myself teaching. We had 18 participants, and it was a wonderful experience of connection, community, and inspiration. It was so amazing that we want to do more! There will be three separate weekend retreats in February, March, and April. I will be the host and director, and we have AMAZING instructors lined up such as Susan Gibson, Jonathan Byrd, Martyn Joseph, Ellis, Tom Prasada-Rao, and Beth Nielsen-Chapman, just to name a few! Look for the announcement and more info soon!

I’m so grateful to you for reading this and for cheering me on! Let us continue being lights for each other as our days begin to grow longer. Hope to see you out there in the virtual world soon! With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon, a subcription to my music and poetry!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic  

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

And here’s a little poem for the new year…cheers!

hymn for the new year

December’s Newsy News

Greetings, friends and fellow  music lovers,

I hope you are warm and cozy wherever you are. Our mountains are covered in snow, and I never tire of their magnificent beauty. There are some special things coming up this month. Most of all I wanted to send you warm wishes for this holiday season. This will not be like any other holiday, but still I am grateful for every moment. I’m grateful for you, too. 

If you would like to stay up to date on all my new music and poetry, come join us on Patreon! Patreon is a subscription to my work and it is super easy to join. For as little as $1 a month, you can have exclusive access to new songs and poems that I don’t release anywhere else, and even join us for patron-only Zoom gatherings. I’ve got a special Christmas Eve song that I am excited to share with patrons soon!

It’s not too late to sign up for our first virtual Winter Solstice Retreat (Paddling in the Dark: A Virtual Winter Solstice Retreat) coming up this Friday and Saturday (Dec 4 & 5). This is a new adventure for me, and I am honored and delighted to be co-facilitating this special retreat with friends Alan Claassen and Kirstin Anglea. Kirstin and Alan are both amazing humans and facilitators of Center for Courage and Renewal retreats. We will share a time of quiet reflection, renewal, writing, singing, connection and celebration. Please click here for info and registration. The Dec 11-12 retreat is sold out.   

I’m honored to be a part of a virtual benefit concert organized by my friend Joe Werne. Some of you might know Joe as the host of Little Tree Acoustic House Concerts and tireless advocate of independent musicians. Little Tree Acoustic House Concerts and Unite the Parks are hosting an online benefit concert to save the Pacific Fisher, a newly listed endangered species living in the Southern Sierra Nevada. Thank you Joe for all that you do. Here are details…

Sunday, December 6 – Benefit Concert to Save the Pacific Fisher. Participating musicians and poets include Ellis Delaney, Beth Wood, Gabrielle Louise, Nicolò Spera, Karl Werne, Jack Williams, Mitch Barrett, Strangebyrds, Chris Hoffman, Justin Evan Thompson, Connor Garvey, and more. The area where the Pacific fisher lives is unique; it is part of a region designated as a biodiversity hotspot, and there are only 35 such places worldwide. Unite the Parks has been working to protect this area for the past seven years. The show is available everywhere, so invite your friends, and make sure to correct for your friends’ time zone(s)! Can’t make the performance time? Not a problem – a recording of the show will be available afterward for viewing, at a time that fits your schedule. Also, we will have a real-time Zoom afterparty with some of the performers and Unite the Parks staff immediately after the show, which will begin about 6:30 Pacific time/7:30pm Mountain Time. Join us! All donations are tax deductible; Unite the Parks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to keeping our wild places wild. Make a donation to attend the concert here.    

And I am THRILLED to be hosting my friend, mentor, and favorite singer-songwriter Chris Rosser for a livestream concert and song swap on Tuesday, December 8. If you have not heard Chris, please do yourself a favor and tune in! His music is the medicine we need. Here are the details:

Tuesday, December 8 – Joyful Measures: A Livestream Concert with Beth Wood and Chris Rosser.  Desperate times call for Joyful Measures! In fact, all times call for joyful measures. The intent of this offering is to create a space for beauty, solace, connection, and celebration through word and song while also getting to hear my friends! Chris Rosser is my favorite songwriter in the world and dangit, I miss my friend! We’ll swap songs and tell stories, and I’ll even ask Chris to share a few of his beautiful winter songs. Plus we’ll have a little conversation about what is bringing us joy right now. Click here to tune in on my Facebook music page (you don’t have to have a Facebook account to watch!) It’s free to watch and donations are joyfully accepted. 5:00 Pacific/6:00 Mountain/7:00 Central/8:00 Eastern

I am honored to be a part of Artichoke Music‘s virtual Holiday Concert and benefit for Transition Projects inc. The incredibly talented and generous videographer and friend Gary Furlow came to Sisters to film my songs for the holiday special. We set up at the gorgeous Fir Street Park bandshell here in Sisters and had such a blast doing it. It felt good to sing in to a microphone again! Here’s the scoop, I hope you’ll join us!

Sunday, December 20 – Holiday Concert: Return the Light. Artichoke Music is honored to present this virtual concert and annual holiday benefit to support Transition Projects (tprojects.org) and its tireless relief efforts for the homeless in the Portland metro region. Tom May will be your host for the evening with performances by Beth Wood, Tom May and Doug Smith, Espacio Flamenco, Martin Zarzar, Luther’s Boots, Chasing Ebenezer teachers and students of our school of music, interviews and and many more surprises that you will just have to tune in and see. 8 pm Pacific time. You can watch here on Artichoke’s Facebook page (you don’t need a FB account to watch). 

And finally, I’m sorry to have to share some sad news. We had a beautiful Thanksgiving, and then a rough one. Miss Bailey passed away unexpectedly and we’ve been in a fog in the days after. My heart is sore but I am filled with joy and gratitude for that sweet being and all she gave to me. Even though someday came before I was ready, I am ever grateful and I’m still gonna go on loving an old dog. 🙂 Thank you to all of you for loving her from afar! She was truly a rock star. My friends and family and loved ones have lifted me up and it has been so comforting and hopeful. Thank you to everyone who has kept us in your thoughts and sent hugs and loving words our way. Here is Bailey’s tree all lit up with Christmas lights and a shining full moon. Seems about right considering her bright smile!

Every day I grow ever more grateful for every precious moment. Thank you for your belief in me and my work in the world. I wish you peace and joy and creativity in this newly imagined holiday season. There is much to celebrate. 

With love from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon, a subcription to my music and poetry!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic  

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

Welcome, November…a time for gratitude.

Thank you, Dennis McGregor for this beautiful photo by the Upper Deschutes River!

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

Autumn is here in central Oregon and it is glorious. Crisp air and vibrant colors abound as the aspens let go of their last golden leaves. I hope you are finding peace wherever you are. This challenging and eye-opening year has brought into clear focus the necessity of art, the hope in every single effort to create beauty and connection. May we continue to be lights for each other in the coming days, weeks, and months!

Even though the circumstances of this crazy year have forced me to reimagine my work, I am grateful for all that is unfolding. I am grateful for this beautiful place I live in. I am grateful for the support of all of you who help keep me going. I am grateful for all the meaningful relathionships this work has brought into my life! For me, teaching has taken on new significance as I learn to embrace technology and get creative with what we can do together. I’m very excited to partner with Sisters Folk Festival for new virtual teaching offerings in November and December!  I’m also looking forward to a livestream concert on Nov 2 with my buddy David Stoddard! And I have a new video to share! Details on all that, newsy news, and November happenings below. But first…

GRATITUDE. I am so grateful to all of you for cheering me on, for tuning in to virtual concerts, for generously putting donations in the tip jar, for sharing my videos with your friends on Facebook and Instagram, for becoming patrons, for reading my musings. And big thank you to Sisters Folk Festival, Tom Kimmel and Anna Tivel and all who joined us for an amazing Songworks virtual songwriting retreat! Thank you to Joel Tepp and the wonderful folks of Folk Alliance Region West (Far-West) for inviting me to be part of their virtual variety show. Thanks to JT and Lori, Chuck Pickeral, Melissa and Colin and everyone at Devil Mountain Coffeehouse for hosting our show virtually, and to Laurel and the Deschutes Library for inviting me to be part of their concert series.

I’m so excited to report that my Patreon community is going strong and growing! Last month I was thrilled to welcome our 101st patron and I hope you’ll consider being our 102nd! It is a super easy, direct way to support me and my art AND have exclusive access to my new songs and poems. Just think of is as a CSA for my songs and poems. 🙂 Win/win! Check it out here. I’m so excited to partner with the Sisters Folk Festival for virtual classes in Nov and Dec! I will be offering a 4 week class on Dynamics in Performance, as well as a 6 week songwriting class. These classes are a wonderful way to create community, learn from each other, and spend time focusing on our passions. Let’s come together on these cold dark nights and raise our voices in song! I hope you’ll consider joining us. Here are details below. For the full picture, please visit the Sisters Folk Fesival website. Let’s do this! DYNAMICS IN PERFORMANCE is a 4-week course taking place on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 PM (Pacific Time), November 10 through December 1. This course — taught virtually by Beth Wood — is geared for musicians who are interested in improving their performance skills, whether their intentions are playing open mics, improving their professional stagecraft, or simply improving the delivery of their songs. Participants will learn tips and tricks that will help them improve their confidence and delivery in front of an audience. Cost is $100 for all 4 weeks. Click here for info and registration!


WRITING THE SONGS ONLY YOU CAN WRITE will delve into elements of songwriting, and the limited class size will allow for personalized learning, interaction between participants, and a variety of exercises to inspire maximum songwriting creativity. This course will be taught virtually by Beth Wood, a gifted singer-songwriter and winner of the Oregon Book Award People’s Choice Award for Poetry. The 6-week program takes place from 7:00- 8:30 PM (Pacific Time) on Monday evenings from November 9 through December 14. Cost is $150 for all 6 weeks. Click here for info and registration! 

And I cannot WAIT for my livestream concert and song swap with the great David Stoddard on Monday, Nov 2! I don’t know about you, but I could use a little escape from the news and the world for a little while. I can’t think of a more fun way to spend an hour than making music and conversation and giggles with my friend Dave. We first met at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 2005, and we have done many tours across the frozen midwest haha and the more temporate northwest. 🙂 Dave is the funniest person I know, and he is a brilliant writer and musician. I am a Super Fan. He also makes a mean salsa. Dave has even agreed to come to our patron-only after party on Zoom! I hope you’ll join us. Here are the details: 

Monday, Nov 2 – Joyful Measures, a Livestream Concert and Song Swap with Beth Wood and David Stoddard. Desperate times call for Joyful Measures! In fact, all times call for joyful measures. The intent of this offering is to create a space for beauty, solace, connection, and celebration through word and song while also getting to hear my friend David Stoddard! We’ll swap songs, tell stories, I’ll try to prevent Dave from telling bad jokes, and we’ll talk about what is bringing us joy right now.  Tune in on my Facebook music page.  (You do not have to have a Facebook account to watch.) Donations  are not required but will be joyfully accepted at my Paypal or at Venmo: bethwoodmusic. 5:30 pm Pacific/6:30 pm Mountain/7:30 pm Central/8:30 pm Eastern.

Here is my trusty assistant getting ready for our Devil Mountain Coffeehouse virtual concert!


This is what sharing live music looks like these days!  

I’m having a blast exploring my new area with the best tour guide Dennis 🙂 Here we found ourselves walking alongside the mighty Metolius river. I still can’t get over the jewel tones in the water.

  And here is Miss Bailey exploring new territory with gorgeous fall colors. This is the look that says, “um, did you forget the frisbee?” 

 

And finally, I have a new video to share! I wrote this song “Loving An Old Dog” for my sweet dog Bailey whom I adopted when she was 10. Y’all probably know her because her pictures are all over my newsletters! I treasure every single minute with this sweet old gal. This song is for her, and for everyone who has loved an old dog. I asked folks to share pics of their beloved old dogs so I could make a video montage, and I got 85 of the cutest pics I’ve ever seen. Thank you to all of you who shared pics of your beloved old dogs! Here it is…

loving an old dog by beth wood

Thank you so much for reading this and for all of your encouragement. My hope is that what I do resonates with you and brings you joy. If that is true and you’d like to be involved in supporting my work in the world, there are lots of ways, and many of them are free!
–Follow me on Facebook and Instagram –Subscribe to my YouTube channel –Keep reading this newsletter (thank you!) and share things with your friends when you are so moved. –Join my Patreon community!


Thank you so much for being a part of my creative journey! I hope you are doing alright and finding sources of joy. Let’s keep on bringing joy to each other in these winter months when we need it most! With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic  

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

A new video for a song inspired by Mary Oliver

Hey y’all, we made a video! This song was sparked by Mary Oliver (oh, Mary). She asks in a poem called “The Summer Day”: “what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” I plan to keep asking myself that every day.


Back in April, or was it May? we went out to the Alvord Desert in eastern Oregon, a most spectacular and stark and jaw-droppingly beautiful place. We drove out onto the playa, a 7-mile wide dry lakebed, with a couple of cameras and a drone and a red dress. A huge 7-mile thank you to Brent McGregor, Kara, and Dennis McGregor for making this and for making it so much fun. I am so grateful for you. ❤️

October Newsy News!

Welcome, Autumn…now bring on the soup!

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers –

I hope you are doing alright and finding things to nourish your spirits! These are heavy and yet meaningful times we are living in. We need each other and we need music now more than ever if you ask me.  

Here are several fun things happening in October! And right below is gratitude and newsy news and a special request…

Oct 2-4 – Sisters Songworks: A Virtual Writing Retreat hosted by Sisters Folk Festival in Sisters, OR. Instructors BW, Anna Tivel & Tom Kimmel. We have a few spots left!

Oct 8 – Livestream Concert “We Belong Together!” hosted by Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West). A two-hour Livestream Concert Revue streaming on the FAR-West YouTube channel, featuring live performances by well-known acts from the West and beyond, as well as hot up-and-coming young artists.  At 12:45 pm PDT. Free and open to all.

Fri, Oct 16 – Livestream hosted by Devil Mountain Coffeehouse in Walnut Creek, CA. Details to come!

Fri, Oct 23 – Virtual Concert/Reading hosted by Deschutes Public Library in Bend, OR. An intimate virtual performance to remind us of the connecting power of word and song. A link to view this program online will be available beginning Friday, October 23rd at 5:00 p.m. FREE and open to all.

GRATITUDE…Special thanks to Artichoke music and to my Dynamics in Performance workshop students–I have had a blast exploring dynamics every Tuesday with you. Thanks to Sisterspace Weekend Music Festival for including me in their amazing lineup of women. Thanks to Tom Kimmel and Nathan Brown and everyone who tuned in to help me celebrate my new poetry book! And big thanks to my patrons for cheering me on!

THE NEWS…I’m having so much fun with Patreon, y’all! It has been six months since I launched this new tool for connection, and I have released six new songs and six poems there that you won’t hear anywhere else! The world is ever evolving and I’m trying my best to adapt. With CD sales essentially a thing of the past and touring an uncertainty for at least another year, Patreon is helping me to stay connected, release new works, and access direct support from folks who appreciate my work. It’s a win-win! I’m at 92 patrons right now y’all, and I can’t wait to reach the milestone of 100 patrons! Click here to help me reach that goal! This is the best way to keep up with what I am making!

I’m so excited for our Sisters Songworks virtual writing retreat coming up Oct 2-4! I have been dreaming of this for so long, and now it is finally here! It is not how we originally envisioned it, but these days call for adaptation and resilience! We have decided to go online, and I’m so excited to be partnering with the great Anna Tivel and guest instructor Tom Kimmel! We’ll have small workshops, a song circle, instructor concert, master class with Tom Kimmel, and plenty of creative shenanigans and dance party breaks to keep our blood flowing. I hope you’ll join us!

A SPECIAL REQUEST…Ok y’all, I have a request! A few months ago, I wrote a song called “Loving An Old Dog” (about guess who!?), and I want to make a new music video for it! I got to go in to the studio here in Sisters at Grange Recorders and lay down an awesome recording of the song (sign up for my Patreon here to download the MP3!) So… I am envisioning a video montage with photos of YOUR sweet old dogs while this song is playing in the backgroud! I’m requesting that you email me a pic of your old dog with his/her name so your beloved 4-legged can be in the video! Here’s the song if you haven’t heard it yet… You can reach me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com.

beth wood lovin' an old dog

And finally, I want to share with you a song that I wrote as a tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. RBG inspired me so much with her life of action, purpose, service, and courage. After rewatching the documentary RBG, I was reminded of something she said that moved me deeply: “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” I was thinking about that when I wrote this song for her.

one step at a time

This is pretty much what things look like around here these days…it’s a Zoomarama! We’re Zooming our faces off in virtual meetings, lessons, workshops and retreats! I’m so grateful for my assistant and all of her “help!” (I’m pretty sure her ears help me get better wifi reception.)       

Sometimes she gets confused when we Zoom and she thinks we have company so she brings out all her toys to show everyone. 🙂

MAN, it felt good to breathe clean air once that crazy smoke cleared out.

I’m so grateful to you for reading this, for your interest in my creative shenanigans, and for your support of my work in the world. Who knows what winter will looks like? Feels like we are headed into hibernation but we have already been hibernating for six months. 

May we be lights for each other in the darkness, knowing that the light will come back around again.  May we care for the most vulnerable among us. May we nourish our spirits with music and cooking and poetry and dogs and laughter and loved ones and long walks in the crisp autumn air.  May we never forget we are all connected!  

With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic  

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

New Book Celebration!

Hello, friends!

Wowza! I’m floating on cloud 9 from last night’s new book celebration livestream with my friends Tom Kimmel and Nathan Brown! Thank you so much to everyone who tuned in, shared, and donated. What a spirit-lift it was to be with friends and hear their incredibly moving artistry. We had a blast and man, I needed that. 

In case you missed it, you can watch the livestream new book celebration at your leisure at any time!! And you don’t have to have a Facebook account to watch. Here it is! 

If you’d like to order my new poetry book Believe The Bird, there are options:

1. You can order directly from me! It might take a little longer as I am waiting for my next shipment of books. But if you don’t mind waiting a few extra days, I will send you one, and I’ll sign it to boot! Click here to order from me.

2. If you live in central Oregon, I hope you’ll consider buying it at our awesome local independent book store, Paulina Springs Books! They are at 252 W. Hood Ave in Sisters, 541-549-0866. Also, your local book store can order it for you!

3. If you have a poetry emergency and need to get your hands on a copy quickly, you can order from the big book store in the sky here. If you do order here, would you consider writing a review? Thanks!

I am truly grateful for all of your love and support, and I feel so lucky that I get to make art and share it with you. Thanks for cheering me on!

With gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic  

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube