I grew up listening to
Steve Goodman's music
I heard him at the Philly Folk Festival; Mariposa Folk Festival and at various college shows in the 70s. He was a one of a kind songwriter and performer - full of heart, humor and joy. He is a performer's performer - someone beloved by other musicians of the time - they would often collaborate with him and there is a ton of his music out on video if you're curious. So for the past couple years I've been dreaming about bringing his music out into the open more. I've made contact with a couple FB groups of his fans and his biographer and everyone seems happy with the idea, so the first concert will be on February 7th at Prosperity Pie in Multnomah Village. I hope you'll come. My intention is to do a series of shows around Portland, see how that goes, and then maybe bring this to other cities and towns that show interest. Steve died at 36 from Leukemia, so I'm also trying to make this a fundraiser for LLS and I'm dipping my toes into those waters, as well. I've never done anything like this before so I'm taking it slow. But I don't want to take it too slow, because all of us who loved Steve's music are aging and such.
In other news we've had a great win at the Portland City Council level with
the passage of legislation
where the city will transition away from gas-powered leaf blowers in the next year. Yeah!
There's a lot that's tough going on right now, no doubt about it. We lost City Commissioner Nick Fish to cancer at the beginning of the year. We have a child in the white house who has no idea what he's doing and who lies repeatedly which is bad timing for fighting climate change and building the alliances we'll need for that fight worldwide. And, somehow I'm still having fun trying to change the world.
I haven't talked about work much, lately, but I am considering rejoining the workforce, possibly in the CMX community (online community management). This idea was proposed to me by a new friend and it seems like it could be a good fit. I've been invited into a few new online worlds this year and I'm curious where they might take me. Or, I might take them :)
I hope you're doing well. Keep in touch.
PS - My goal for 2020 is to sit less. So, if you see me sitting, feel free to ask me "what do you stand for?" which is a phrase that's helping me get up on my feet more and moving about. So far, it's working :) What do you stand for?