Greetings friends, Happy Fall to you all.
I just counted the days we have been grounded from touring and it's been 229. Wow...I miss you, my listening friends. We miss traveling to play music for the fine folks that come out to spend time with us. The mixed blessings continue with all the unexpected time at home, feeling grateful for so much, all entwined with worries for the less fortunate in our world.
It's been a productive time at home, creative projects, and caring for the land. We are finally climbing aboard the online platforms and creating more video workshops, live virtual teaching, and performances for special online groups and festivals.
Aryeh and I are teaching some live classes this weekend for the Dusty Strings virtual symposium (info below). Besides that, we are being encouraged to join the bandwagon of local farms and artists offering unique experiences that are outdoors and safe for your small groups to visit. Until our normal indoor house concert series can resume, or our barn theater comes to be, we could offer outdoor mini-concerts, instrument demonstrations, and hands-on-harps interactive learning experiences among the beautiful hills and trees on our land for small groups or family pods. All by reservation and donation.
This would be in conjunction with our friends "Happy Hour Goat Experience" who get lots of visitors who want to do safe activities, the several barn stores including mine, the brand new art center, new wine and cheese store, gourmet brewery, cafes, and wineries nearby all retooled to meet the times. We have a river nearby, hiking trails, and the breathtaking Alsea Falls. We will create a brochure with a tour map and lots of options to come and visit for a unique and safe experience. (more info below on my "Goddess Wear Recycled" and those cute little goats).
My barn store has reopened for the first time since March, and our outdoor home concerts and presentations are available by appointment at least until the cold weather sets in. I am sure we will resume the offering in Spring as well, even if we are free to tour again. If you are interested, or want to know more, or wish to plan a time to visit, send me an email.
The days have been as busy as ever with always much to do. The time flies by as it always has. Aside from computer biz stuff that never ends, I have been doing mosaics and cooking and other crafts. I filmed and edited a series of videos from the ArtsCare musicians I work with at Good Samaritan Hospital so we can be there on screens providing music made especially for patients and staff. We all want to be there in person again soon. I miss that so much too.
So loveliness is still...all around us. Art is always waiting to be made. Cookies in the cupboard.
We are lucky to have each other along with all our loved ones, our silly shows to watch, and our pets or people to make us smile every day. When times feel rough I try to take a broader view of history. I think about all that our predecessors endured. People in my generation in our country have lived in a pretty sweet and unusually peaceful place in time so we only need to look back a generation or two and look around the globe to realize how much strength we humans are capable of.
We know what we need to do and we will get through this time, and when we get to the other end, we will appreciate each other and the joys of being together in three dimensions, going to concerts and parties and we will appreciate a big ol' hug more than ever before.
Please take good care. I love when I get to hear back from you. When I type these out it feels so one sided, especially when I don't have a concert schedule to offer. But I'm always hoping to stay connected and I'm glad you enjoy the newsletters. I wish I could know how it is for you. I would love to hear how you are, or what your life is like, or how you have adapted, how you see things. What is new for you in this shared strange experience.
I'm so glad that we are at least connected by the music and always will be.
Thank goodness for music.