We hope you and your loved ones are well and are adjusting to this strange new world. We have been in a holding pattern like so many, waiting and hoping to resume our touring but its been pretty much a wipeout for our calendar well into the Fall and likely beyond. We know this is only a small setback compared to those who lost so much more, but we miss it so much, the music, the people and all of it.
One positive (besides newly organized closets and shelves) is we finished the album. After more than five years since the last one, postponed by the epic move to Oregon and bountiful touring opportunities, there was finally time to finish a new recording.
I don't know if it's just the time we are living in, so much empathy and worry and hopeful feelings all souped in together, but this new music affects me more profoundly than any before. One of my new original pieces was written while I was playing my harp in the hospital radiology department where folks would come in and wait for their name to be called. I saw so much worry or fear or clinging to a loved one while waiting for tests and results. Many express that the music is a comfort and I'm honored and humbled to offer something of use in an unexpected place. It was there that I wrote a piece called "Lion Hearts" about the courage and grace I saw and felt there, for those in the waiting room.
Then, after recording it and during the final touches, listening back / mixing period, the nation watched all the courageous medical workers do selfless acts of bravery all over the world. Watching those images while immersed in this music caused my heart to swell and ache with unmeasurable love for all people at even a new level. This music seems the exact soundtrack to what was happening right then. There are so many uncounted heroes in our world that selflessly step up when the going is rough, and all the other times too. We should never forget that and treat each other as such. Countless heroes are still doing it, every day, everywhere, right now.
We all feel so helpless at times, I know I do. But let's not forget we each have something to give. Just by being human and having love in your heart adds to the whole of us. I feel so fortunate to be able to give music, I hope you will receive some solace and respite with it. The music never actually belongs to us musicians, we all somehow just hear it in the heavens and find a way to pass it on.
Best to you and yours, we'll be waiting for the chance to be together again.