Deborah Crooks

 
 

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Giving thanks, moving forward

I will always be telling this story... and

A funny thing happened the day before Thanksgiving. I'd gone to the local natural market in the rain for the Brussels sprouts and broccoli I needed for a friendsgiving the next day and ran into a TV crew. They asked me a couple of questions about eating salad and what I was grateful for, then moved on to the next shopper, and I got back to my own business.
I don't watch much TV so nearly forgot about it until a friend texted me a clip the next morning. Soon after, another pal sent me a screen capture, and throughout the weekend several more people let me know they'd seen me talking on TV.
I had to laugh about being widely viewed discussing vegetables and gratitude rather than everything else I've been doing. Then I realized it made perfect sense.
When the news team approached me, I wasn't yet aware of the broader angle they were working— about how E.coli contaminated lettuce was sickening folks across the country — so I didn't think to tell them that (in addition to liking some green on my plate and being grateful for a roof over my head, friends and family) I had nearly died from the same poisoning at a very young age, a near-death experience that taught me early about the sustaining power of the imagination (and the good reasoning behind the CDC's precautions). Finding bright spots and appreciation for life amid it all is, literally and figuratively, the story of my life (as well as many of my songs). Knowing this has given me the fuel to keep going, despite the news, despite unexpected detours and whatever other curve balls get thrown despite the best laid plans of mice and (wo)men. Persist we must!
Speaking of telling stories, I'm spending much of this month readying a batch of songs to start recording next month! Woohoo! It's been more than two years since I released Beauty Everywhere and new songs are now reaching critical mass.** So, other than a Bread and Roses gig and an-end-of-month Bay Station show, I'm thus far mostly playing out of the public eye in December.
Thanks as always for your interest and ears!
Love and appreciation, Deborah

 
*New Recording in 2019

I'm excited to start recording ten new songs I've written over the past couple years. Interested in becoming a backer?  Drop me a line to find out how you can support my recording efforts.  In the meantime, buying, streaming and sharing my recordings on BandCamp, iTunesAmazon,  Spotify etc. is super helpful!!
  

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