It is wonderful to have the privilege to chat and be in the presence of great musicians.
A nice evening with Haley and Franklin and lots of art and music supporters. Thanks for listening. I enjoyed playing to a backdrop of intriguing paintings.
I will be performing original music based on the Haley Hasler art exhibit now showing at the Fort Collins Museum of Art. Come listen and walk among Hailey’s paintings.
Tickets available online with the Museum of Art: https://moafc.org/event/house-concert
My friends, Robbie and Dale, asked me if I would be willing to do a house concert to celebrate the Autumnal Equinox, friends, and neighbors. I agreed to do my first house concert! The evening had a distinct autumn chill but Robbie and Dale had small woodstoves set up with fires to keep the audience warm. The evening went really well and I enjoyed it. Robbie and Dale have lovely friends and neighbors.
With guitar and harmonica I played a series of originals and covers at Starry Night. The next performance will be in April on the 6th. Come listen!
I was happy to play a set of songs for a Dine'tah (Navajo Nation) fundraiser in Fort Collins, on January 25. All the proceeds went toward Dine organizing. The event was held in the beautiful Cloverlick Banjo Shop, filled with young passionate folks that had gathered to listen to presentations from the recent caravan to the Black Mesa region. Hope filled the space. If you are interested in donating money to this effort to respect land and people, let me know so that I can put you in touch with these folks.
On January 5, I kept a New Year resolution for 2018 to perform my songs locally. I played at Starry Night Cafe in Fort Collins, Colorado for a bunch of friends and some tea-sipping strangers. Thanks, friends, for supporting me with your smiling faces and hearty applause. I played mostly covers and a few originals. I will play at this cafe again on April 6, 7-8pm. Come for the good tea, desserts, happy faces, and free music!
I had the honor to play a series of my instrumental guitar pieces on August 4, 2017 for the 2nd annual EXPRESSIONS Art Exhibition that featured the work of Steve Germaine, Kay Dudek, Steve Grey-Wilson, Nelia Harper, Patty Hughes, Jennifer Spencer, Christine M Torrez, and Laura G Young. I wrote all of the instrumentals explicitly for this wonderful exhibit at the Carnegie Center for Creativity in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Many Death Row inmates in the U.S. have been found innocent and set free. How many? 158 and counting. The Equal Justice Initiative's legal team is responsible for some of those releases. This group also fights for justice in other ways. They are raising awareness about the history of lynching, which occurred in the Deep South and in the North. (My song "North Country Too" tells of a case in Minnesota.) In 2018, the Equal Justice Initiative will open The Memorial To Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, allowing us to learn and remember the regrettable truth about lynching.
This song chronicles my dissatisfaction with my living situation at the time, a situation I wanted to escape, but a situation I realized I could not escape by physically leaving. I had to transform how I thought about the situation. I had to abandon my concern with my being treated unjustly. I had to begin practicing a deeper, more difficult, type of love, toward someone who did not deserve love.
Equal Pay for Equal Work....what is there not to love?