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March (and march some more): Octopus Songwriter Series, Tributes and Wishes

 

I've had that thought a lot lately: When is the next march? Meanwhile...part of my staying active continues to be engaging with my creative comrades. Thus this month, I'm playing a tribute show, a songwriter showcase and several Bay Station band gigs. New songs are taking flight, and 2017 is promising yet more music, including a tour with two of my favorite musical pals and another Bay Station recording. More on that next month. In the meantime, I'd love to see you in March. xo Deborah

March 15, 2017 at 7pm.  March features three great artists: Bob Hillman, Peter Whitehead and Maggie Forti. Don't miss it! The entry ($5-10 suggested) is a steal, plus the Octopus is cozy, has delicious and nutritious food and drink.

Watch "Wishing Tree" video!

 
Announcing the release of the video for one of my newest songs,"Wishing Tree!" I wrote "Wishing Tree" after coming upon several such trees in the Bay Area (like this one in Port Costa, left). 
"A wish tree is an individual tree, usually distinguished by species, position or appearance, which is used as an object of wishes and offerings. Such trees are identified as possessing a special religious or spiritual value. By tradition, believers make votive offerings in order to gain from that nature spirit, saint or goddess fulfillment of a wish." 
"Wishing Tree" is part autobiography and part wish for everyone to breakthrough oppression, be happy and free.
 Shot by Pint of Soul at Amado's in San Francisco in January, the song features Art Khu on piano, Kwame Copeland on dobro, and Kim Xuan Nguyen on bass. Let me know what you think, and please share!
 

Birthday Show Thank You

 

Thanks friends and band mates for coming out to The Lost Church on Friday, along with fellow birth-month pal Michael McNevin, to celebrate our birthdays, play and ...wiggle! Always so great to play with this group of musicians. 

 

Nemo Design of Bday Poster

 

Watch NEMO create the show poster for Feb 17 The Lost Church w/@Michael McNevin. ADVANCE TICKETS HERE

Making Positive Effort for the Good, aka Celebrating Another Turn Around the Sun at The Lost Church

 

"Make positive effort for the good," guidance from a Zen teacher I picked up from a Natalie Goldberg book some years ago, is a phrase that keeps running through my mind. It seems more appropriate than ever at a time when it would be easy to pull a blanket over one's eyes. Yes, I'm dismayed at the current political climate, but I'm also happy to be alive and grateful for where I am. So. I'm doing what I can to keep informed, stay in motion, get out in nature, be a friend, write letters, march as necessary, and otherwise consider what maybe positive actions to take next. Thus, this coming February 17, 2017, I'm doing a show at The Lost Church, withmy friend, and truly great songwriter Michael McNevin. We both have birthdays this month, so the evening is a celebratory gathering on all fronts.  We'll perfom songs covering the spectrum of our songwriterly lives, and I'll be playing with a band of musicians I love — Art Khu on keys, Kim Xuan Nguyen on bass, Kwame Copeland on guitar, and Mike Stevens on drums. It all happens at The Lost Church, one of San Francisco's best, intimate listening venues. Join us!   Get yer tickes via tickefly HERE $15 in advance/$20 at the door.

Radio Airplay; Video Making

 

I contributed a voice to this WPFW "Voices of a Nation: A Call to Action" collaboration via local affiliate producer/reporter Patrick Simms (KACR-LP).

Thanks KALX, KDRT and Twirl Radio for spinning songs from Beauty Everywhere and Bay Station's Go Out and Make Some!

Earlier this month, I spent an afternoon at Amado's in San Francisco shooting video of two songs with Pint of Soul. Great crew! Keep an eye out for more news on the finished product!


 

Today I mourn, tomorrow I march: "Another Test"

 

Sad day, this inauguration day. I woke up at 4am to a large thunderclap, a low cloud going over our house crackling lightning and thunder, and then a downpour. It felt ominous, and it's taken half a day for me to snap out of a dark mood. In the meantime, the music has gone on. Bay Station has played a couple of fun shows in the past week, and we just shared a song we wrote in response to Black Lives Matter more than a year ago. Today "Another Test" just feels that much more timely. Today I mourn, tomorrow I march.

February 17 at The Lost Church: Birthday Show with Michael McNevin

 

Show Poster by Nemo

In with the new

 
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Happy New Year!

Much of the past couple of weeks have been spent walking by the water, spending time with friends, making music and generally working to stay above the fray and troubling news so I can be of some benefit to others. I am grateful to be surrounded by many creative, action-oriented people who keep me on my toes, and 2017 is shaping up to be another year filled with music-fueled activities. January finds me working on some behind-the-scenes-projects that I'll share later in the year. I'll also be playing several dates with Bay Station, whose first gig of the year is Thursday, 1/12 at The Hotel Utah in San Francisco with The Jilters. It promises to be a fun night of rock and roll. Plus we'll be debuting a couple new tunes from our latest desert-writing jaunt.  Come on out!  

For now, wishing you and yours the best, Deborah

 

December Songs to Sing the Year Out

 

So, wow, what a year this has turned out to be. Personally, it was highly productive, with the release of two Cds, Beauty Everywhere and Bay Station's Go Out and Make Some,  a national tour, a songwriter series and every manner of performance in between. Thank you for listening, for coming to the shows, for having me on the bill and generally staying interested in original and live music!

Now, more than ever, I'm feeling its that much more important to gather to listen and to share. If we artists are doing our job right, our work will tap into, reflect and express all that it means to be human. Hopefully we'll build a bit more connection and understanding between all, and transcend some of our differences. Toward that lofty goal, I'm hosting another round of songwriters at the Octopus Literary Salon this month. I'll hope you'll join me, along with Alex Walsh, Briget Boyle and Steve Waters, for an evening of song sharing. In the meantime, wishing you and yours peace, love and happiness. xo, Deborah

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 7pm

Songwriters in the Round at The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster Street
Oakland, CA The Octopus is close to 19th St BART. $5-10 suggested, all ages. 


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