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Making Art, Hitting the Road

First, a #tb . 2001. I was living part-time on the coast north of Santa Cruz. My dad was sick, in his last year, and I was holding as tight as I could to my dreams to write and sing and generally make art. It was a messy time, but I got up every day and did my practices, including doing some watercolor sketches of the view and the animals who lived on the ranch, among them, the close-to-feral cats who (sort-of) controlled the barn rats. The view of the ocean was never the same, always beautiful, which is good to remember this week. Making art and working on projects has always been my go-to. Given that the weird, unseasonably wet weather here has wreaked havoc on my weekend #lovethebay  and gig plans (and the national news blows), its time to make something new!
So what's new?
Well first, I had a great time last weekend, playing atop Mt. Tam as nearly a thousand folks hiked and biked up for the Mother's Day breakfast at West Point Inn. I would happily play my music for people atop a mountain any day! It was magical singing "What the Land Will Tell You" (a newer tune included on the forthcoming record) surrounded by nature. And on that day, sunny, wildflowers in bloom, hummingbirds buzzing to and fro, the land seemed to be saying 'Yes! Life is beautiful!"
I live for moments like that.
And later that evening, we played a Bread & Rose’s gig at a rehab center, and at the end, when we had most of the room up and dancing (yes, Bay Station Wiggle-ing), I likewise felt like I was exactly where I should be, and very grateful for my winding path.

This week, pivoting amid the cool bluster of clouds over the bay, I'm now wood-
shedding, helping edit a new Love the Bay episode, and getting read for a Bay Station mini- duo tour starting next week. If you live in Salem, Eugene or Olympia, come on out and say hi:
May 24, 2019, Vagabond Brewing, 2195 Hyacinth St. NE, Salem, OR 97301 8pm-10pm duo
May 25, 2019 Hotel RL Living Stage, 2300 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502 5pm duo
May 26, 2019 Sam Bond’s Garage, 407 Blair Blvd, Eugene, OR 97402 8pm

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