Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Che hun ta mo!

First of all, thanks for all of the birthday wishes! It never ceases to amaze me just how many people I actually know or have met at some point in time. There's a memory for each and every one of you; you're keeping company with the music that's been roiling about in my head and in my dreams.

If you haven't downloaded "Last Christmas" yet, it's free to members of my mailing list. If you'd like to join, or are already a member, visit this page. Click "Become Fan" to join the list - or click on the "download" button next to each of the tracks beginning with "The Little Drummer Boy" and finishing with "What Child Is This?" (but feel free to download any other tracks in the music player - I rotate them occasionally, so you never know what you might find there, however briefly.

Key West Dulcimer Fest CANCELED

In case you hadn't heard (and it hadn't been posted here), we've cancelled the Key West Dulcimer Fest indefinitely. We had two great years that are already legendary. Now, a perfect storm of reasons and influences have conspired to consign that to history, at least in the shape of a festival. Words were murmured not long after the first outing in 2010 about the anarchical nature of the Kindred Gathering, which takes place in a different venue each year.

There will be a handful of us down in Key West on the original dates of the festival (January 26th - 29th, 2012) but there is absolutely nothing planned. We're simply going to hang out, enjoy the tropical weather, play a lot of music and go with the tide. Anyone traveling that far to the end of the United States is probably industrious enough to deftly locate the group for a meet-up and, if private lessons and masters classes happen, there you are, quite literally.

Now, if that kind of logic worked alongside of the creation of my daily schedule, I'd be in a far better place when peering at the calendar.

Burrowing Again

DΔ - G/D - Em

I've been working on "Dive!" for about three years now; it's sort of like a volcano slowly returning to life. This is the time of year when I typically work on big projects, so here's hoping that this baby gets born this spring - tired of carrying it around.

And the old year feels the same way, I'm sure. Bring on the baby and let the reaper sleep!

Here's wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thanks for all you do and are!