It is my sincerest hope that this note finds you and your loved ones safe and well.
The world is turning at a dizzying pace, it seems. Terrible things are happening. But good things are happening, too. Here in Brooklyn, it is quieter than ever. Life is slower. I spend more time with the people I love best. We get up early. We eat together. We play together. We talk. We sing. We get silly. We don't rush anything. Some days, I struggle, but overall, I am grateful. Deeply grateful.
Everything around us has changed and keeps changing on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis. It's hard to plan beyond the immediate present, but I figure while I strive to remain present in the immediate, I may as well make music.
Here are a few of the projects keeping my musical self intact at present:
- The Chicks With Dip sisterhood of songwriters has been a source of support, friendship, and inspiration for me for nearly two decades. If you caught the Joni Mitchell's BLUE tour we did a few years ago, some of these faces and voices in this video, our latest collaboration, might be familiar to you:
WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD
- Slowly adding songs to this playlist on my YouTube channel -- FREE to subscribe -- recording new tunes and old favorites in different rooms of my apartment:
- On Mother's Day -- Sunday, May 10 -- I will celebrate with a live stream from my Facebook page as part of a daylong concert in memory of Toshi Seeger, Pete's wife, and the legendary brains behind the Clearwater Festival. So many great folks will stream live from 10AM to 10PM to raise funds to keep Clearwater thriving. I'll be doing a 30-minute set from my home studio at 7:30PM. Find the full schedule and more information here:
MOTHER'S DAY TRIBUTE TO TOSHI SEEGER
- My friend and frequent touring partner Joe Iadanza has been doing a deep dive into the music of Bruce Springsteen with his 40 Days of Bruce project on YouTube. I'm pleased to be part of a collaborative video premiering tomorrow. Check out ALL the videos here:
JOE IADANZA: 40 DAYS OF BRUCE
- And finally, an EXCLUSIVE for just you fine folks... back in my Fordham University days, I was an active member of the Mimes & Mummers theatre club. Our alumni association recently asked us to re-create a favorite song or monologue from back in those days, so I chose a song I first sang as "Sheila" in our 1989 production of Hair. Here's a secret link to my performance of the song live from my home studio:
EASY TO BE HARD
Thanks for sticking with me and the music through all this. I hope we'll meet again in person before too long, but until we do, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay present. You are not alone.