Holiday Season 2013
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It's a cool, misty day here in Seattle and I just came inside from trying to nail a section of my rain gutter back up where it belongs. It's harder than it sounds, but then most stuff up on a ladder goes rougher than you think it will. Many an outdoor Holiday light-stringer will attest. I have many a time been stringing up lights with a cool mist soaking me down, praying that nobody in the house would see the end of the cord and think they ought to plug it in. It's one thing to decorate the house, it's another to have the aluminum ladder lit up and glowing with me on it. 

I have really enjoyed autumn this year. I began the first day of it in Southern California where I had a concert in San Juan Capistrano. It was hard to tell it was the first day of Autumn, but still, there was a little bit of something in the air. Here in Seattle, I've been walking trails and meandering through neighborhoods several days a week. It's been good for my writing and songwriting. There is something about beautiful seasonal changes that evokes the desire in me to write and sing about it. You may have noticed this. 

Speaking of songs, I played a new song at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano that I hadn't completely finished. I just wanted to give that audience something special that night and so I told them that I'd tried to finish it and couldn't force it, but that I was going to sing it for them anyway. I had all the lyrics for the verses and I had the melody for the chorus, but didn't want to sing lyrics that I wasn't really sure were the right ones. So I just vocalized the melody of the chorus. It turned out to be one of my most enjoyable songs of the night. By the time I got back to my hotel after the show, I'd already had half-a-dozen folks write to tell me it was their favorite song of the night. I took that as a wonderful sign, knowing that they already had a number of favorites from way back when. The song is called "Since You Came" and will be on my upcoming album. 

Speaking of my upcoming album, I have been talking about doing a Kickstarter campaign for many months now in order to raise the thousands of dollars I need to record, pay musicians and studio, engineer, mixing, mastering, manufacturing, etc. I have not given up on that, but it's so very important to me to do it right, in a way that will inspire people to want to be a part of it, that I have taken my time with the video presentation, really trying to make it my best work. As of now, I don't know if I'll go ahead with the Kickstarter before the end of the year, or wait until January. I promise to let you know. I will definitely need your help and your assistance spreading the word. If you don't know what is, it is the most successful of all the "crowd funding sites." Which is exactly what it sounds like. An artist/inventor/entrepreneur can post a project and invite people from all over the world to take part in it at one or more levels of participation. It is not a request for donations, but an offering of many various rewards for different levels of financial assistance. It's a wonderful idea, a way for like-minded folks to get behind something they believe in and co-create it. It's a little more formal and expanded version of what I've done with many of my albums.

We're coming up on Thanksgiving. I love that theme and am playing a couple of concerts near that day. More and more in recent years I have thought of my concerts as a beautiful little oasis where people can take a couple of hours to just be, to breathe and surrender to what they feel. I sing my songs to open my heart and yours, and I have seen that happen now for a very long time. I have seen couples who were angry at each other gradually soften through the evening and come together, cheek to cheek by the end. A woman at one of my concerts approached me with tears in her eyes and said, "I just hugged my brother! We haven't talked in five years and I didn't even know he knew your music. We saw each other and just started hugging and crying." That is what my music is for.

In recent years I have begin offering my songs to people and their friends who are going through difficult times. You are welcome to take me up on this. If you have a friend or loved one going through a difficult time of loss or illness - yourself included - please allow me to email a beautiful song and a kind note. I'm more than happy to do so. Here is all you need to do:
email me first/last name, city and email address. Often, people tell me what someone is going through - or what they themselves are going through. I always read this, but it is not necessary. You can just ask me to send a song and I will. Here is why I think it matters: While sending a song is a very small gesture, there is something in music which can sometimes be the thing that gets past our thinking, into our feelings, when nothing else does. And when that happens, if we have been stuck and feeling despair and hopelessness, that little bit of movement that music gets flowing, can be what is necessary for our own natural gifts of balance and peace and harmony to begin again to do their work. I have seen miracles happen because someone listened to a song. So please always feel free to ask me for one - any time of year.

As I bring this to a close I would like to say that the reason I do not write as many stories here on my website is because I write something almost every day on Facebook. Or Basefook, as I call it. Many of you have read them and visited me there. Even more people read my page and never say a word - which you're welcome to do. I just want to say that for you who have negative feelings about Facebook, I absolutely understand. But I will tell you this; I do something very different with it. I post humor and kindness and insights and imaginative stories almost every day. I use it as a place to explore my creativity and to share good will and love in the world. And I think if you read a few of my entries you'll like what I'm doing. Here is a recent story I wrote based on an old photo I found online. I do this often and they all go different ways.  Take a look if you like

I hope you're doing well this autumn. Thank you so much for reading my words and listening to my songs. When you hear my new songs I think you're going to be very pleased with what I've been doing this last couple of years. Don't forget to take some deep breaths every day and to be kind to yourself. 

Your friend in misty Seattle,

PS, Two things: please remember that I also do Private Concerts. I did half a dozen this year, from North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, to California, Colorado and Washington. You can read about them HERE.

Also, most often if you buy my CDs for Holiday gifts, you will be giving people something that they definitely do not already have. And as you know, so many of my songs are something that you can listen to for many years. Order CDs HERE.



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