January 20th, 2018 – I’m
writing you from the calm and dark of my living room. Everyone’s still
sleeping, and I am wearing fleece everything. It’s really good to be
cozy here at home, but I’m fondly remembering freezing my tuchus off
(happily and gratefully) at the Women’s March in D.C. a year ago. Here’s a pic from back then with my buddy Anne Heaton
radiating joy while I pumped breast milk in the press of the crowd. A
little awkward? Perhaps, but totally worth it to be able to be in the
heart of that incredible day. The evening before, a bunch of my music
friends and I did a benefit concert in Tysons, VA to raise money for
Planned Parenthood. Here’s a pic from that amazing night. Still makes me
Last month I did an interview with the Washington Post on my experience about the state of affairs in this country one year after attending the Women’s March in D.C. It
felt cathartic to talk (vent) to someone other than my husband about my
worries/concerns/horror about what’s happening in Washington. I do
often find myself talking/yelling back at the radio in my kitchen in
frustration. I have a feeling I’m not alone in this. I am so
disheartened by how profoundly divided our country has become, and how
the constant barrage of drama and chaos has desensitized us all so much
that it seems literally nothing will ever be considered too far out of
bounds for this President. It truly is difficult – policy aside – just
on a purely human-decency level alone, how one can stand confidently
behind this man. I don’t assume all of you agree with me on this, but
I’m not seeking a fight. I understand, of course, if you’d prefer not to
receive these newsletters anymore, but I am not willing to be silent
about this. I
know I’m guilty of being so angry at this administration that it is
hard for me to clearly see the reasoning and perspective of those who
support him. I’m working on that. (Deeeeep, Cleeaansing Breaaathhsss). If you’d like to read the Washington Post article, you can find it HERE.
(Deeeeeep Cleeaaansing Breathhhhh). Now back to our regularly scheduled program: In music news, I had a wonderful time singing at the heart-opening and impeccably-run 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, FL in January. I made some great new songwriter friends (one of whom, Vanessa Peters, is joining me at my March 24th Denver show!) and hear some of my longtime favorites like Patty Griffin and Mary Gauthier. It’s hard not to leave 30A feeling so filled up.
I can’t wait to head back to the always awesome Indy Folk Series in Indianapolis on Feb 17th, and I’ll be singing at Green Note House Concerts in my old hood in Chicago Feb 18th (update: this show is sold out). I’m also teaching a songwriting workshop in Arlington Heights, IL on the afternoon of Feb 18th, so if you are a songwriter in Chicagoland, please join us. All info is below.
This summer I had a really wonderful conversation about songwriting with my longtime music friend Anne Heaton (of radiating joy fame – please see above). She has done a ton of these insightful/hilarious/moving interviews with artists like Steve Tannen of The Weepies, Jonatha Brooke, Mona Tavakoli, Mai Bloomfield, Tony Lucca and more. You can listen to all of them for free at http://anneheaton.com/howthesongcametobe/– or just click on our faces below:
I’ve been booking up a storm in the last few weeks, and am excited to head back to some favorite places and to explore some brand new ones this year. I am looking to fill in a few more house concerts, so please be sure to check the schedule below if you might be interested in hosting a show. (Even if your area is not listed there, please do reach out. I’d love to make it work if I can.) All the details on hosting are below as well. If it sounds like something you (or you and some friends) would like to do, email us at email@example.com and we’ll get the ball rolling.
Can’t wait to see you in 2018!
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Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at 7pm
Indy Folk Series
615 W. 43rd Street / 317-441-4109
Advance tickets: General Admission $15 / $10 Students
Purchase advance tickets HERE
At the door: General Admission $20 / $15 students and 65+
Children age 12 and under are free
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL
Sunday, February 18th at 2pm
$50 / $40 students
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot!
All songwriting levels welcome
Sunday, February 18th, 2018 at 7pm
Green Note House Concerts
w/ special guest Julie Loyd
Email email@example.com or call 312.566.8394 to RSVP
$20 suggested donation
**SHOW IS CURRENTLY FULL**
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Friday, March 9th, 2018 at 7:30pm
Friends House Concerts
Tickets available HERE
For good reason, this amazing series has a dedicated following
and will likely fill up quickly. Be sure to grab tickets asap!
WINTER PARK, FL
Saturday, April 14th at 8pm
Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts
1905 Kentucky Avenue / 407-636-9951
Tickets available HERE
Sunday, April 15th, 2018 at 2pm (afternoon show)
Among Friends House Concerts
Please RSVP to 863.640.1763 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
$15-20 suggested donation
I’m so excited to play this wonderful house concert series.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL
Sunday, April 15th at 7pm (evening show)
Mane Stay Hair Studio
2059 Central Avenue / 269.430.1743 Tickets available HERE
NEW YORK, NY
Friday, May 18th, 2018 at 8:30pm
Rockwood Music Hall - Stage 3
Tickets available HERE
$13 advance / $15 at door
185 Orchard Street
BELVIDERE, NJSunday, May 20th at 3pm
Email host Jeff at email@example.com for reservations & info $20 suggested donation
…many more shows TBA soon!
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~HOSTING A HOUSE CONCERT~
I’m planning to tour a good deal more in 2018, and house concerts are what make it feasible to do so. If hosting a show is something you’ve always wanted to do, then let’s make it happen. I’m casting a wide net across the US and Canada and then planning to weave together shows that are near each other. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to know more. Also, if you feel intimidated by the notion of hosting alone, then team up with a fellow music-loving friend (or friends) and double the potential audience. Remember, too, that I likely have fans in your area who might also want to attend if you feel ok opening it to them. My house concert fee is a $600 minimum guarantee vs. 100% of the $20 ticket sales (whichever is highest). So if you gather 30 folks at $20 a person, you don’t pay a cent for my performance fee. You can even do a potluck to make the food part easy and fun. $20 for dinner and a show is a great deal, and it’s a really fun, connected and novel way to spend time with your friends, family, co-workers. Let’s do this!
~I’D LOVE TO WRITE A SONG FOR YOU~
Many of you know that I write commissioned songs for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, engagements, apologies – you name it. Some of those songs (What Love Looks Like, On & On, The Light In your Eyes, My Everything) have been included on my albums. If this is something you might be interested in doing for someone you love, I’d love to work with you. You would just need to send me 2-3 pages of information about the person – could be the story of how you met, a list of the things you love about him/her (and some of the things that drive you crazy :), maybe some love poems you’ve written each other, mundane details about your life together (how does he take his coffee? does she snore? does he play the piano?), some photographs – and I will weave these things and your story into a song. I truly love writing them, and it’s such an incredibly personal gift to give someone you care about. The cost for a custom commissioned song is $1600, and you will receive two CD copies of a professionally recorded version of the song, a digital version, and handwritten and printed lyrics. You can also pay the commission fee over time if that is helpful. Email me at email@example.com you are interested in finding out more.