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I hope you all have had a relaxing and productive summer despite the difficulties of climate change and the political climate. These are very trying times but we will carry on and hopefully things will improve if we just keep our noses to the grindstone and our spirits up. And needless to say, vote! It has been an exceptionally hot summer here in Newport News and many other places as well but fall is just around the corner and hopefully the weather will improve. I pray for fewer fires this fall, an end to the drought and rescue for the poor people dealing with the floods in Mississippi and around the world. A girl can dream!
I had such a good trip out west to Washington State. I got to spend time with my step-sister who picked me up at the airport on Friday morning and drove me up to Bellingham where she lives and where I had a workshop and a show on Saturday. It was a double bill and a shared workshop with Erin Corday with whom I really enjoyed working. And Cathy Mason did a fantastic job producing both events as she always does. Sunday, Joan drove me just south of Deception Pass and onto Whidbey Island where I was picked up by my friends Sue and Stef. I got to spend a couple of free days before we started Bootcamp. Bootcamp started with a memorial celebration for our two friends from the class, Joanie and Julie, whom we lost over the winter. It was a bittersweet time and very important for us all. We are indeed a family! The class produced great work again and most everyone wrote two songs as well as the group song. If two songs weren't done, there was at least a start on both. I'm so proud of these writers and what they are doing with their music. As usual, we ended with a concert for the island and had a blast. Here is a short medley of some of the songs from the concert from my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R2oHyK-oUc. It was taken by an attendee, Judy Lunn.
Two days after I returned from Seattle, I drove 6 hours up to Kennett Square, PA. for a double bill with Heather Mae at Kennett Flash. It's a great club and it was wonderful to work with Heather. I drove right back home the next day and have been enjoying the past 10 days at home with another nine days to go before I head out for a good chunk of September.
I do have my first fall "Live From Home" show on Thursday, Sept 1 at 8 PM EDT. I've really missed doing these shows and am anxious to return to your living rooms! I will be doing almost all unrecorded songs that will hopefully be on the next CD whenever that comes. Some of the songs you may have heard at an online show or even in person in the past few months, but some you will not know. The link for the YouTube concert is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aI3HouRt5zQ and, of course, all this is on my concert page. If you can't make the livestream, it will be available to watch on my YouTube channel at least until my next home show. I hope to create some excitement around the new songs as I do hope to begin fundraising for the recording of my next project, but I still have a few more songs to write!
I will be in Alabama/Georgia and the midwest for a few shows in September and then on to the UP for a short trip. If you find yourself close to where I will be playing, please come see me! And I hope to see you tomorrow (Thursday, the first) for my livestream show!
I know some of you are aware that Lauren and I lost our Basenji this month. He was 15 1/2 and my best pal at home since we spent all our time together when I was not on the road. He really became my dog when I moved here and I miss him greatly. But it was time and we had to make that very difficult decision of letting him go. "Lap of Love" came to our home and helped with the transition and I am so grateful for them. They made it a bit easier though I must say it was one of the greatest losses I have felt in some time. I look for him everyday. RIP my sweet Dobby.
I think that about covers the news for now and I appreciate you taking the time to read this. I hope to see you at one of my upcoming shows this fall.
Check out this new song - "The Great Backslide"