Welcome, October!

Hello friends and fellow music lovers, and happy fall! 

I hope you are enjoying these crisp days. Just touching in to let you know about some awesome things coming up!

But first I must send a huge heap of gratitude! Thank you Sisters Folk Festival and staff, thank you Americana Song Academy campers and staff and generous instructors, thank you brilliant artist light-bringers, thank you volunteers and crew, thank you loving music lovers who gathered and revelled safely and joyfully in the name of song. I didn’t even realize how thirsty I was.

Below is our closing song at the Sunday Community Celebration. I am deeply honored to be the host, and every year I wonder if we’re gonna be able to pull the whole thing off…and every year the magic unfolds and flows like water for our souls. 

This song is a delicious miracle in itself! It was created from a class at song camp by the amazing Dennis McGregor called “Hike and Write” in which about 25 of us marched to a beat and giggled and shouted out words and phrases which Dennis captured on his phone and then sorted through back at camp. Then the great Willy Porter created a tasty funky beat to go underneath and then Thunderstorm Artis and Brad Tisdel were walking by and sang verses and next thing you know we were all singing and dancing there was no tomorrow and no yesterday. It was indeed a perfect day. It was a perfect seven days full of wonder and connection and joy and tears and in the name of music I could not be more grateful, amen.

Here is what is coming up soon y’all…I hope you’ll join me! 

Tue, Oct 12 – Joyful Measures Livestream concert with Jesse Terry! 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! Jesse Terry one of the most positive people and one of the most hard-working musicians I know. Plus he is an amazing writer whose songs stay in my head for days and days and hearing him sing always lifts my spirits and dangit, I miss my friend! We’ll swap songs and tell stories, giggle, and talk a little bit about what brings us joy. Tune in right here 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 and Paypal here. 4:30 Pacific/5:30 Mountain/6:30 Central/7:30 Eastern

Wed, Oct 13 – Virtual Song Circle. You can join us from anywhere in the world! 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. I hope you’ll come and share a song…all levels of experience are welcome! Original songs and covers are great. 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).

Mon, Oct 25 – Feedback Song Salon. Feedback Song Salons are small virtual gatherings where songwriters can share new work and receive thoughtful feedback from fellow songwriters and from me. We will cap the number at 6 so that each songwriter will have ample time to play and receive feedback. All levels of songwriting and performance experience are welcome. This will be a space of non-judgment for songwriters to support their fellow songwriters. Cost will be sliding scale of $10-$25…pay what you are comfortable with – no judgment! Please email me for info or to reserve your slot at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com.

Sun, Nov 7 – She’s Speaking Live at the Alberta Rose Theatre – Portland, OR. After a successful online launch during the pandemic, She’s Speaking Live debuts in person on Sunday, Nov. 7 for an uplifting evening celebrating women’s voices and stories. Several of Oregon’s finest women singer-songwriters backed by a killer band perform their originals as well as songs by women artists who inspire them! Featuring: Edna VazquezArietta WardBre GreggKristen GraingerLaRhonda Steele, Beth Wood, Liz Chibucos and Naomi LaViolette. Doors open at 6:00, music at 7:00. $25 Advance/$30 At the Door. Click here for tickets. This. Will. Be. Epic!

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And finally, here’s something really fun! My friend the amazing Naomi LaViolette asked me if I would like to record my song “Love Is Love (The Christmas Eve Song) as a duet and release it as a holiday single. Of course I said YES and we got to work recording and arranging and harmonizing and then our friend Mai Bloomfield added beautiful cello parts and we are so over the moon happy with how it turned out! The song will be launched on streaming platforms on November 5, and it would be a GREAT BIG HELP to us if you would pre-save it on Spotify! That will give us better chances of getting the song added to a curated playlist, the best way to reach lots and lots of new ears!  (Pre-saving really helps us independent artists…if you use Spotify, can you take a moment to give us this click of support?) Click here to pre-save!

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Thank you so much for all of your love and support year after year and for reading these newsy newsletters. If you’d like to keep up with all my new songs and poems, I hope you’ll consider joining me on Patreon. It’s easy and the best way to suppport my art! With a grateful heart…your fan,

Beth Wood

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Sisters, OR 97759

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Here I am on the porch practicing for Sisters Folk Festival…it had been a while! Thankfully I remembered how to play my songs.

 I mean come ON, look at that face!!

Well Hannah spent the week at Central Bark here in Sisters while I was at song camp and festival, and she did great! So proud of her. When we got home she climbed on the couch and fell asleep with her leg in the air. Girl, I felt the same way, ha!