I'm relieved, a little scared and a lot excited. The past five years have been challenging and rewarding in ways that I never could have imagined. When I posted to Facebook yesterday that the new album was online for sale, the outpouring of support and kudos made me cry. I am so grateful. This is all I've ever wanted to do with my life - to sing and write. I have no idea if this album will reach a wider audience and I have no control. I'm just enjoying every opportunity to play and sing for you.
I got a nice little review today on No Depression (thanks Arthur!). #lifeisgoodindeed
Last weekend was one for the books.
I played the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival - one of the oldest running folk fests in the country. I also got to lead the audience in a song while on stage with the legendary Tom Paxton (and lots of others!) during the Pete Seeger tribute (!). Wow. I felt all the beautiful history of the folk world and felt like I was a part of an amazing community. Very emotional for me. Then on Sunday, I played Fly Fest near Cooperstown, NY with The Strangebyrds and Steve Chizmadia - both great acts - and we had a blast! Thanks Sue and Bruce!
I can't wait to see what adventures are in the offing next!
Thanks to the incredible generosity of my fans and friends, the new CD campaign for Lay It Down is at 50% of goal ($5000+)! I'm just so happily stunned by this. So, now, we're in the last 2 1/2 weeks of the campaign and I'm really hoping to hit that $10K goal. This has been such an interesting, humbling and exciting process. I know being a traveling performing songwriter, I may seem like a brave person, but I'm really not. I play it safe sometimes and I'm not a frequent risk-taker. This campaign has shown me that I can push through that and just go for it...just put myself out there and try even though I paced around my apartment for an hour before I could push the "launch" button. You guys are really coming through and helping me in more ways than just with the campaign and I am eternally grateful. Thank you.
Wow - you guys are amazing. In less than 48 hours since I launched the campaign to raise funds for the new CD "Lay it Down", we've raised almost 30% of the goal! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am really excited about this new album. It's very acoustic, very emotional and personal. I'm proud of it and looking forward to putting it in the mail to all y'all!
So....I'm flipping around on the TV and come across an interview with Anne Lamott on PBS. I don't know much about her except that she's a famous writer and has dreadlocks. She mentions something about her "conversion", so I google that and it was a fascinating story - she converted to Christianity a week after she had an abortion and saw Jesus sitting in her room one night.
Ok, that's cool.
After the interview ends, I click over to a window on my laptop on the Oprah.com site and randomly select an article to read because I'm procrastinating about doing my work. I start reading this great spiritual piece on "becoming yourself" which reminded me of a conversation I had earlier with a friend about Step 4 in the AA process and taking stock of your life. So, I get to the end of the article which really struck me and I look up at the top to see who the contributing writer is......and....you know it's coming....it's Anne Lamott.
And that wasn't even the first coincidence I had been [...]