I hope your having a good winter season and are looking forward to the upcoming year ahead. It's going to be another busy one here full of traveling and music. Two new recordings are almost done, a duo album with Aryeh and the first recording with our quartet "New World String Project" It's been a recording campout at our house for weeks on end. We are lucky to do the tracking at home before sending it off for mixing and mastering. By the next newsletter (April) I will likely have them ready to ship or downloads available. If you are friends with me on
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Turning back to the home front, I'm excited that the first steps of barn renovation are happening. Right now it's still mostly a rustic space that was used for animals, now it's full of wood and random materials from the previous owner. (I have a little store in there called "GoddessWear Recycled" that will be packed away for the construction) Our vision from the beginning for our large barn is a folk arts center for music, dance, art and music workshops. Small town living is so wonderful. Friends neighbors, retired professionals lending their skills and wisdom to help us realize this dream. They are carting away the junk and some materials to reuse and stepping up to help with all of it. A real barn raising. It will be a boho-style shabby chic stylish multi-purpose community space with lots of rugs and fairy lights. (Can you tell I have been on Pinterest?) There is a homeless kitty who is often out there who looks like Nigel's twin brother. He eats the food I leave but always runs away from me. I hope he will still stay around.
My health has been great and I'm grateful for that every day. Music is flowing and the home fires are bright. I'm active in the ArtsCare program at Good Samaritan hospital bringing harps to oncology patients and Teen Mindfulness classes, and playing background music in the radiology building which always surprises and delights people just expecting to go to an appointment. My mom who is a very young 80 is coming from Montana to live with us starting this summer. We are creating space for her to live independently on our property. She's fun and funny and a crafty adventurer too.
We worry a lot about politics and the environment. Everyday. But we try to use the skills we have, music. We try to be one of a million tiny lights spreading something good that helps to fortify the other tiny lights in this great big beautiful world.
I wish you lots of light in your world. I love hearing back from you, my friends near and far. Any questions for us or barn suggestions I love to receive and will write back as soon as possible. Please scroll down to see if there is a concert near you and hopefully I will see you in person soon. At the bottom, there are more fun photos from home and of course Nigel the rock star kitty.