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A happy time around our home. Papa twanging, Mama fiddling, Otto rockin'.
Masked Newsletter Rides Again...
I stayed home a lot in '07 to be with my boy and my wife, but cranked out my largest creative project ever (see below) and plan to soldier on valiantly and relentlessly in the cause of modern minstrelsy. I am long past whatever mid-life crises might have led me away from music, and glad of it. I hope that our civilization can survive, and I am not excited about wandering around, wearing animal skins, with an autoharp and a donkey in a post-industrial world, finding people huddling in their bunkers, cooking over open fires, singing to them for a drink of ale and a bowl of gruel. But I will do it if I need to. I prefer theaters and coffeehouses, hot coffee, wi-fi internet, rental cars and clean hotels, but so does everybody.
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Neither Joyce and I have ever done "educational" shows, and have turned down a number of nice offers to do school gigs and such. Now that we have made "The Song Train" we are excited about putting together a live performance based on this recording, that would be educational as well as completely in the spirit of who we are as artists. We don't have a list of the people who asked us do put together a show like this, so if you are involved with that sort of thing, please contact us.
will be a solo project. The most requests I get are for a blues or blues-flavored album. I want to make another guitar record, but now that I am chasing a little boy around, it could be a while till I get any large blocks of uninterrupted time in my life again to do that. I am probably going to start work on a blues record in '08, though I may reissue the out-of-print "Of Wind & Water," since it will be its 20th anniversary.
I have asked you guys in the past about doing a music vacation with me. It finally worked out, and my old music buddy Brian Silber is starting up "Island Music Journeys" in St. Croix in the Virgin Islands in 2008 with our friends Richard & Julie Smith as musicians. I hope to book a week with him there sometime in the future. It'll be at a lovely B & B in a lovely place. www.islandmusicjourneys.com
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Postal costs jumped dramatically in '07, and I did not raise
the shipping costs of my mail-order recordings. I look at this as a way of lowering the price of the CD's, which, incidentally,
has not changed since 1988 when I made my first one. I actually lose money charging $2 for shipping, but that's OK.
concerts have ramped up, even after 20 years of having very busy Decembers,
now that Joyce Andersen and I released our collaboration "Christmas
Morning" CD in 2005. This year we have the most concerts ever, and hope
the weather cooperates.
We have thousands of December miles to drive around Northern New England, and will be playing in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York between Dec 1 and 22, spreading Holiday cheer as we go. Remember that we are usually driving farther than any of the audience, so if there is some snow, if we can get to the show you ought to be able to make it too.
Let us know if you have any children, friends or relatives who might want to do an au pair thing, and maybe come along with Joyce & me to a festival or on a tour, watch Otto, and see some of the world. Might be extra good if they want to learn more about music.
Big New Project! The Song Train
Available December 1 2007
I have not done anything "educational" in over 25 years, except for
Inventions book last year, which
was aimed at the tiny audience of serious fingerstyle guitar players.
So Joyce Andersen and I rounded up 56 easy but great songs (they
all have 1 or 2 chords...) and recorded our versions of them. We just played 2 simple chords, but we sang and played
the same otherwise as we always would, and it sounds like one of our duo records, except the songs are structurally
not hard. Since it is an album and not a book, we were legally allowed to record copyrighted songs, so there are traditional
songs but also modern ones by Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, JJ Cale, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams and other
great songwriters. It's an amazing body of music, and anyone can play it.
Our son Otto turned 2 in August. We didn't push music too hard on him, and this past year he has been largely
obsessed with trucks, tractors and tools. He seems to think that screwdrivers are currency, and the more he can have in
a pile the wealthier he is.
Helping Papa do some weeding with his birthday wheelbarrow
He does seem to like the autoharp. Probably because it comes with a wrench.
Wanting badly to drive this 1940's Farmall tractor...
Helping Greg Deering fix Papa's banjo...
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