Musical Adventures of 2016

Thank You 2016!

Having a good ride in 2016I sure had a wild ride of musical adventures in 2016. I’m very grateful that I retired in 2015. It has given me a lot more time to do what I love. Here’s how the year unfolded, month by month.

JANUARY
  • Wrote Bless the Journey Now, a new song to celebrate the turning of a new year/Created live video of song and posted on YouTube channel
  • Attended a Noah Project community gathering in Berkeley with friends
  • Attended Sacramento Singing Circle with Dena
  • Attended Sac Valley Music Business seminar in West Sacramento/ met and chatted with Michael T. Solomon (former interim president of Tower Records)
  • Began editing 2015 House Concert videos
FEBRUARY
  • Continued editing 2015 House Concert videos
MARCH
  • Attended ChantDance workshop in Berkeley
  • Spring Sing with Noah Project in Berkeley
  • Completed editing 2015 House Concert videos
  • Contacted Kim Stafford about getting permission to use part of William Stafford’s poem in Thread of Love to allow copyright and record for album
APRIL
  • Began recording In a Circle album in studio
  • Received permission to use William Stafford poem for Thread of Love song copyright and recording
MAY
  • Continued recording In a Circle studio album
  • Recorded song videos with Dena and Joe E. Franklin
  • Wrote Sequoia Dreamtime song after trip to Sequoia National Park
It was all a great adventureJUNE
  • Began publishing Notes from the Meadow e-newsletter on monthly basis
  • Began writing and posting music blog posts on weekly basis
  • Began posting 2015 House Concert videos on YouTube channel
  • Continued recording In a Circle album in studio
  • Co-wrote song for our friend, Karene, with Joe E. Franklin & sang it at community gathering
  • Began contacting local musicians & inviting them to record album tracks in studio
  • Had first Notes from the Meadow subscriber prize drawing
  • Heard Justin Hayward of Moody Blues in concert at Crest Theater
JULY
  • Began recording studio tracks with local musicians for In a Circle album
  • Added producer “hat” to recording studio activities
  • Visited Garden of Saints at Vedanta Society of Sacramento & shot Beauty Rises Forth video
AUGUST
  • Played music with Sierra High band at Feathers of Freedom family camp
  • Continued recording In a Circle album in studio
SEPTEMBER
  • Meadowlark Tunes t-shirt takes a special trip to Burning Man event in Nevada
  • Hear Iris Dement in concert and inspired to write new song, Let Go
  • Began performing solo at Center for Spiritual Living, Sacramento
  • Continued recording In a Circle album in studio
OCTOBER
  • Meadowlark Tunes t-shirt takes a trip to the new Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op location
  • Completed recording studio tracks with local musicians for In a Circle album
  • Hear Carrie Newcomer at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley/ inspired to begin exploring use of partial capos
Musical adventures in the studio with EdNOVEMBER
  • Completed writing Shift Happens song
  • Began editing process for In a Circle studio album
  • Attended Sac Valley Music Business seminar in West Sacramento/ heard Sid Page (from Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks) play violin
DECEMBER
  • Attended Winter Solstice Noah Project retreat with Dena (lots of group singing in sacred space!)
  • Continued edit process for In a Circle studio album
  • Enjoyed first holiday season living room concert with Dena and our grandkids
  • Joined with other musicians for informal Christmas Day jam
  • Purchased Liberty “flip” capos and began amazing journey into the universe of partial capos

That’s a wrap. I’m very curious to see what new musical adventures await me in 2017. Happy New Year everyone!

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