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 email@example.com.
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.
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,
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