Jan. 2020, "The First of the 20s" Edition" 

  Happy New Year & Happy 2020! I hope that your holidays have been joyous and warm, with plenty of real face time with people you love. I'm hedging my bets - I'll call this a new decade because of flipping two numbers instead of the typical one, but I'll celebrate the end of the decade again next New Year's so the bases are covered.

Along with a lovely array of gifts and a less lovely nuisance of a head cold, Santa also showed up with a couple hundred CDs of Treasures in My Chest

Winter Holiday 2019 "A Storytender's Journey" 

  Happy Holidays! The last E-Zine of the decade is the first one to bring you the completed Treasures in My Chest album. Though physical CDs won't be in for a few weeks yet, and the companion book arrives in late February, you can now own and enjoy the album download now as often as you'd like. I can't even begin to sufficiently thank all of the people who encouraged this project in countless ways. You can hear and own it before the general public because you are kind enough to…

Early Autumn Edition 2019 

  Welcome Hello again and Happy Friday! Autumn has finally arrived here, though the land is dry and the leaves seem to prefer shy and muted colors this year. I've been doing my best to notice it all, between my daily writer's walks, driving to and from the studio, and pounding away on both the writing and the guitar, as Treasures in My Chest emerges into full three-dimensional shape.

If you follow my Facebook music page you know that there is much on which to catch up, including…

Sept. 2019 "The Labors of September" Edition 

   Welcome With Labor Day behind us, it's time to take a short break from the work of making Treasures in My Chest to say hello and wish you a Happy September. There is plenty of project news, and I'll cover some of it in detail on my final - and free - Concert Window vidcast this Thursday evening Sept. 5th. In addition to sharing some of the behind-the-scenes progress, there will be some new songs written for this project within the last few weeks.

While I'm enjoying the creative…

August 2019 "Not Really Vacation" Edition 

  Welcome
The season of the late summer vacation is upon us, and I too have plans for a bit of a short break this month. Due some unusual quirk of the cosmos, every five years all of the anniversaries in my family are milestones, providing us a good excuse to gather from our far scattered lives for a few days of quiet celebration off the grid. In late August my parents mark 60 years together. That's worthy of celebration indeed!

But of course, it's a bit of a working vacation…

July 2019 "The Campaign Begins and The Myth of Independence" 

  Welcome At long last, it has begun. My audacious dream, a musical and literary project drawn from my journey into my family's past and connections in the present, is becoming reality, and I would treasure your help in making it (see below). Being an avid student of history, however, demands from me first a few moments of reflection.

On our nation's 243rd birthday I find myself profoundly conflicted. Many of us are torn by the deeply disturbing situation on our southern border…

June 2019 "Remembering Normandy" Edition 

  Welcome This is the 75th anniversary of the epic events on the beaches at Normandy, and I am full of thoughts about service and sacrifice, and perhaps the rights and responsibilities of a free and self-governed people too. I spent this past weekend getting to know two amazing veterans on a long journey of healing from their time in harm's way, hearing their stories and helping them to reframe their experience to share with us. We wrote two great songs and I'll be sharing them on…

May Flowers 2019 "A Storytender's Journey" 

   Welcome To those who celebrate the holiday in some way, Happy Mother's Day. I am grateful I got to spend a little time with my mom (and dad) last month during the New England tour. Among many delights of the visit, I was given possession of my grandmother's family history album, which included a letter from a (then) young ancestor to his wife from 1818, and my great-great grandparents wedding certificate issued two days before the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. To hold these…

April 2019 Wildflowers Edition: "A Storytender's Journey" 

 

  Welcome Greetings from Galax, Virginia - the self-proclaimed "oldtime mountain music Capital of the World". I'm here doing workshops at elementary and middle schools across two counties, plus a songwriting workshop and a concert this Friday night. What a whirlwind it has been since I last dropped you a line! In just the last 36 hours, I have been to Fairview and Fancy Gap, Fries and Independence too. I am grateful that you are here to read these words, and I look forward to…

St. Patrick's 2019 "A Storytender's Journey" 

   Welcome It's the St. Patrick's edition - just in time for the turning of the clocks, planting peas, the Ides of March, and if you're so inclined, the wearing of the green or a pint of Guinness. It's been a different kind of busy this spring, gearing up for a summer recording that is turning into a massive and unique project. There was the small matter of a 1,000 mile trip to surprise my mom with a birthday party too (see below). As such, I'm behind on most things (including…