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Songschool April Postponed - April 21, 2012

Hi friends,

I am sorry to say that Songschool Pocahontas County has been postponed due to a death in my family.  

I will let you know when we reschedule and I can't wait!

Judith

Songschool - Day Five - March 30, 2012

Wow.

What a week.  It flew by and I found myself wishing it could last so much longer. 

Our final day of Songschool 101 was a blur of final practices, recording sessions at Dogwood Studios, evaluations, final student presentations of certificates, and our performance! 

Thanks to High Rocks and Vista workers Kari, Megan and Marlin and the generosity of a lovely High Rocks Parent (Marie Propps), we had a yummy dinner of spaghetti and piled into vans and cars to head over to the Greenbrier Visitor's Center. 

Dr. Frank Kadel generously offered to have us as his special guests at the 5th Friday's open stage in downtown Lewisburg.  We are so grateful!  We had a full house of parents and guests turn out to cheer the students on.  It was so important for the class to have a chance to speak and sing in front of an audience.  For quite a few students, this was their very first time performing in front of an audience AND their first time writing a song!  They did a great job. 

I was so proud to see the variety of songs and styles.  Nearly every student had written two songs this week!  Can you believe that?!  That isn't including our first "goofy" song assignment that helped us to get to know each other and relax a bit.  If we include that song, some students finished 3 songs!  Whether writing lyrics for others to write melodies to or writing songs for others to sing, everyone accomplished something special:  thinking about Inspiration and where it can come from.  How to connect Inspiration to music and writing and how to push ourselves to finish something - EVEN if it is a challenge. 

(Heck, I even wrote two songs this week!  I got so inspired from these students!)

I would like to thank each student who attended Songschool.  I would also like to thank my co-teacher, Devin Preston.  His behind-the-scenes work and patience really helped to make this week a success. 

I would also like to thank High Rocks and the One Foundation for providing this valuable service to these artistically gifted students.  The world needs more people like these - hard workers who believe in the value of art. 

Can't wait to do it again!

Love,

Judith

Songschool 101 - Day Four - March 29, 2012

What could be better than an afternoon that starts out with an impromptu Bob Dylan lyric interpretation session and ends with a big round of new songs from young songwriters? 

I think I've found Heaven.

It is playing music with young people. 

We were busy writers today in Songschool 101.  Devin Preston and I were hopping from student to student.  We had three guests who were helping us with one on one sessions - Meca, Kari and Maria.  They were a HUGE help! 

Everyone was working hard on their new songs and getting ready for our big show tomorrow at the Visitor's Center in Lewisburg. 

The songs are all so different and it has been really interesting to see the way inspiration happens for each student.  Hearing about their process of creation and how they find just..the..perfect...word...and...note has been fascinating also. 

We've got a lot of work to do before Friday's class, but we're going to get there and it's going to be great.  My only wish?  That class could last and last. 


Have a great night and if you can't make it to the show tomorrow, Don't Think Twice, It's Alright. 

Love,

Judith

Songschool 101 - Day Three - March 28, 2012

I was sitting out on the porch tonight, playing guitar and working on a new song, when I started thinking about what it really means to "teach songwriting". 

I could spend the week teaching them the "formula" songwriting tricks, I could pick apart their work and turn their music into music that I prefer, or I could just teach songwriting the way I learned to write songs:

By writing songs. 

Over and over again.

By listening to music.

Over and over again.

By giving the music time and paying attention to inspiration.

Today in class we had a guest artist.  Mark E. Trent - my favorite photographer/film photographer/photo journalist.  He presented a short film he had shot and also talked to the class about inspiration.  What moves him to create.  How music affects his decisions.  How being an artist has enabled him to see the world and the beautiful people in it. 

It was so cool to have him and I am lucky to know an artist with so much integrity and inspiration. 

Here is his website.  Check it out if you have the time:

http://marketrent.tumblr.com/

 

Later, the class got their big class assignments.  Devin Preston and I had walked the river trail and went back and forth deciding what the PERFECT songwriting assignment for each student would be.  I hope the students feel inspired by their song assignment and I can't wait to hear what turns up. 

 

Love,

Judith

Songschool 101 - Day Two - March 27, 2012

I finished a walk by the beautiful Greenbrier River just in time to get to class today. 

The students brought in writing samples and we got to work.  We had a special guest this afternoon, Anna Osbourne.  Anna played two of her original songs and talked to the class about inspiration, structure and her songwriting process.  She was very open and honest and everyone seemed to respond really well to that.  The songs were emotional, visual and stunning.  We are so lucky she came by!

After the question and answer session, the students got their assignment.  They had to choose a poetry book from the pile and head outside.  The sun was shining and it was the perfect day for a little solo time outdoors.   We wanted them to pick a poem that inspired them OR pick something they saw outside and start writing.  It was...you guessed it...LYRIC day. 

Their assignment was, essentially, to find inspiration and to try to capture that in the written word.  Using the poetry was also a way to help narrow down the inspiration field.  Sometimes with writing (or anything, really) it can be hard to choose WHAT to focus on.  What usually suffers is the art that COULD have been if we had just given it a few minutes to come out. 

We also spent part of the afternoon working with them individually on their lyrics, shaping their format and helping them learn how to move past writer's block.  Some of the students played their instruments and began working on their melodies. 

Devin Preston, Anna Osbourne and I gathered them up at the end of class and we had a group share where we got to listen to all of their creations.  We were blown away.  (And moved to tears in some instances!)

Could a class be any better?! 

It was the perfect reminder to me to NEVER underestimate the power and coolness of young people. 

I'll leave you with one of the poems that a student, Carter, was inspired by and wish you a lovely Wednesday. 

Love,
Judith

 

Green

by D.H. Lawrence

The dawn was apple-green,
The sky was green wine held up in the sun,
The moon was a golden petal between.

She opened her eyes, and green
They shone, clear like flowers undone
For the first time, now for the first time seen.
- 

Songschool 101 - Day One - March 26, 2012

Ahhh...the beautiful mountains of West Virginia.  It is a good life I'm living and being here in Lewisburg is a good reminder of just how lucky I am.

Songschool 101 is a songwriting workshop that I teach with fellow artists at different times of the year.  Although I have focused on Appalachian Songwriting in the past, this month's class is focusing on ALL types of songwriting.  We are focusing on four main areas of the writing process:

1.  Inspiration

2.  Lyrics

3.  Melody

4.  Structure/Progression

Monday's class was a beautiful combination of all sorts of teens.  Some play guitar, some play the flute, some play the accordian (what?!! how cool is that?!) and some love writing. 

We started off with connected discussions about music and our goals for the class.  Soon, we were transforming standard commonly-known songs into our own creations.  We picked songs from a pile (think:  Happy Birthday, Twinkle Twinkle, the Itsy Bitsy Spider) and had 3 missions. 

1.  Change the lyrics but KEEP the melody.

2.  Change the melody but keep your new lyrics.

3.  Change the structure - add something to your new lyrics and melody.  A chorus, a bridge, another verse...just change it in some way. 

 

I did this exercise as a simple ice-breaker to get the students to start thinking of songwriting as something achievable, but it turned into this cool creative tornado with each group coming up with beautiful lines, cool guitar parts (was that reggae?!), and amazing energy.  We ended up taking more time with this because their new songs were just too cool to abandon.

By the end of class, we were all sitting in a circle with the sunshine streaming in through the windows, tapping our toes and learning how to really LISTEN to a new song.  We were listening for the Chorus of a song.  We were learning about the different ways you can add or change the structure of your song to make it interesting. 

The song?

Spanish Harlem Incident by Bob Dylan.

The class?

Fantastic.

The talent?

So impressive.

What exactly IS the chorus of the Spanish Harlem Incident?

Well, you'll have to listen and decide for yourself. 

Here it is:  http://youtu.be/8BVvLe1TJyI

 

Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.

Love,

Judith

Where is the danged ole album, Judith?? - February 29, 2012

It's so close I can taste it.  And...it tastes like poison, so I am 100% sure that you should NOT eat yours when you receive it in the mail.

 

For all of you who have written and wondered, the album is all recorded and the artwork has been chosen.  The thank you notes have been written and the lyrics are typed.  So close..so why isn't it out yet??!!

As many of you might know, my family and I had a pretty rough 2011.  It's part of the process of living, I guess.  I lost my Dad, my dearest of mentors/friend/counselor/supporter Dennis had a devastating stroke, and then my sister died very suddenly in July. 

These three events left me really needing to focus on health, family and what I want my life to look like.  It's such a gift - this living that I get to do.  I have so much joy in my life and so much love - I want to cherish every bit of that. 

In this situation, I chose to put off the release of the album a bit.  It's all done, but I wasn't ready to devote the energy it takes for a big album release just yet.  I needed to work on some other things to ward off the bad mojo I was tempted to focus on. 

I am feeling as grateful for music and life as I ever have.  Things are moving along and music is - once again - filling my world with goodness. 

The album really is coming along- I have a different friend who is going to rock out the artwork and then I will printing and getting it (and the cinnamon candy) to all of my Kickstarter backers and then it will be available for everyone.  I am getting excited again about the album's release and can't wait to get it to you and your  awesome ears. 

 

Hope that this finds you all working through your own challenges and figuring out what really matters to you in this fragile and precious time of living. 

You are wonderful.

Love,

Judith

Love is in the air!! - February 14, 2012

Just wanted to stop by and wish you all a very Happy Valentine's Day!  We are cuddled up and taking it easy after my big Valentine's Day Song Sale. 

Song sale?  you ask-

  What Song Sale? 

Well, I had planned on posting my video for it on this website, but I posted the video for it on Facebook and by that evening, my dance card was all full!! The deal was that I would spend an hour of focused writing time on each song (after I got a lovely description on the recipient) and then record the tune and make a copy as a gift.  I retain all rights to the songs, of course, but the song-spirations get to listen and share it with their friends.   It has been so much fun writing all of these love songs!!  I can't imagine a more fun way to spend my time.  These stories have been amazing. 

My throat is tired and sore and my brain is swirling with song melodies, but I'm really happy with how all of the songs turned out. 

I'll try to post one up here in the next week or so, but in the meantime - I'm thinking of doing it again for Mother's Day (what could be more fun to write than awesome Mom songs??!!  I love my Mom!) 

If you are interested, email me at:  info@judithavers.com 


I hope you are all feeling the love wherever you are - I know I am and I'm so grateful.

smooches and hugs,

Judith

Ho Ho Ho! - December 5, 2011

Hi folks,

I hope this finds you cozying up to a warm cup of cider with all of your Holiday shopping and creating done and ready to be mailed.  But just in case...

 I've got a special Holiday Sale offering for those of you looking to give something a little different this year. I will write and record a 2-3 minute-long song for the young person in your life.

You give me a little info about them and I will do my best to create something simple, sweet and special for them. (Adults are okay, too!) $50 includes a recording of the song, handwritten lyrics and a holiday card from me.

If you are interested, email me at info@judithavers.com and I will ask you for a few special details and stories and then I'll get busy writing. 

Here is a sample I wrote for a young lady I was babysitting.  She is 10 years old and loves reading, singing, magical stories, Red Maple trees and her sister told me she is very kind to others. 

Happy Holidays to each and every one of you,

Judith

Radio love - November 15, 2011

Hey friends,

I recently did a radio show in Pittsburgh for Neighborhood Voices (neighborhoodvoices.org) and the

Saturday Light Brigade Radio Show. 

Here is a link if you'd like to listen to the show:

http://neighborhoodvoices.org/live-music-judith-avers

 

Hope you are having a beautiful Fall and a lovely November,

Judith

Hello music fans! - September 6, 2011

 

A little humor on this cloudy September night.  (I've been missing West Virginia.)

 

Q: How many bluegrass musicians does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Just one...but the rest of the band stands around and complains about it being electric.

An update from Judith - August 16, 2011

Hi folks -

I wanted to stop by and express my apologies for not making it to Nettlefest this year AND for getting my CD out a little bit later than I had hoped. 

My sister, Alicea, died and we have been focusing our energies on our family. 

We are all doing okay and I expect to get back to the album soon - it is recorded and mastered and almost ready!  I am planning on booking a couple of short tours to get it out to you so please check back for dates. 

Also, if you'd like to book a house concert or if your church or venue would like me to stop by and sing some songs, please email me at booking@judithavers.com

Thanks so much for listening and for all of the kind words,

Judith

God Bless the CD Art Contest Winner!! - April 13, 2011

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Congratulations to Annie Kitchen of Colorado!!  Her cover was chosen after much deliberation as the winner of the God Bless the Brooders CD art contest. 

I would also like to congratulate Rae Munroe of Philadelphia who was the runner up.  We went back and forth and forth and back trying to decide.  You both did incredible covers!!

Rae's entry:

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 Annie's contest entry will be the official CD Cover and she will receive $100.  A few of the contestants will also be notified about the possibility of us using their designs on future posters or T-shirts.  So cool!

I want to thank each of you for your entries - they are all so beautiful.  I love that you entered and all of these mean so much to me. 

Much love and thanks for your patience while we were all trying to decide,

Judith

 A few of the finalists:

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Art contest update!! - March 10, 2011

Hello!

Thank you to everyone who entered the CD art contest!!!  We received some great entries - I love them all.  : )

 

To those of you who entered - there are 5 judges (myself included) and I am sending out the submissions this weekend.  We will have a winner in the next week or two. 

 

Thanks for your patience and we'll keep you posted!!


Muah!

Judith

Cancellation to schedule - February 14, 2011

Due to a family emergency, I will be unable to attend Folk Alliance.  I hope the folks there have a glorious time.  If you happen to attend  - please stalk Mark Olson for me.  As far as melody makers and harmonies go - he is untouchable in my humble opinion. 

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause,

judith

CD Art Contest!!!! - February 11, 2011

 

 

The CD art contest is upon us!!  Details above.  Good luck and I can't wait to see what you come up with!!

 

Love,
Judith

Aaaaannnnndddd....... - February 10, 2011

We are funded!! As of yesterday morning, the project is funded!!! I cannot express my elation and relief. Thank you - each and every one of you. I called Frances and told her the news and we were both so touched.

It isn't always a simple thing - making money for music. At times I wonder if pursuing a career in music is wasteful or frivolous. Do you ever get that feeling? I wonder if most artists feel that way at some point. But then a memory comes back to me:

I'm in Lakin, Kansas at my friend Wade's house. It is 1994 and it is early in the morning. There are beer bottles everywhere and we are all hungover from the night before. The sun is shining in and I see Wade walk into the room and flop himself into in oversized puffy chair (red?) in the livingroom. His overgrown blonde hair catches the sunlight and he rubs his face. He leans over to the stereo and starts picking out a tape to listen to. I am lying on his couch in the clothes I wore the day prior looking at the mess that is his house. I hear a woman's voice. I am gone. I don't know who or what this music is. I'm still at the desperate phase of trying to impress my new strange friends (Wade, Brian, John & Chris) out here in this weird Kansas town and am instantly aware of my limited music knowledge.
In Liberal (the town I grew up in), I was raised on country music - Loretta Lynn, Patsy, Willie Nelson, The Mandrel Sisters, and so on. Later, I listened to any music I could get - REM, heavy metal, punk, alternative - always thinking I was pretty musically evolved compared to the rest of my classmates (yeah, right). Lying on the couch listening to music at Wade's house, I was instantly reminded that I was a novice...a newbie......living in a musical microcosm. It wasn't mortifying like you might expect. The music was so smart. The melodies were so familiar yet so strange to me. I wasn't about to pretend to know what I was talking about (as was my style at the time.)

Me: what is this
Wade: Lucinda Williams
Me: Lucinda.....

I hear another song. Two men singing harmonies that sounded like running down the street in the sunshine.

Me: what is this
Wade: The Jayhawks

Another song. A man singing. Deep and full and like Kansas. Beautiful poetry that erases years of pop shmop from my head.
Me: What is this
Wade: Uncle Tupelo

We go on like this - he talks about music with me. He is not trying to teach me anything. He is not trying to convince me to listen. He is just listening to music on a Saturday morning. He makes me a copy of a tape. The first of many that will follow. Years later, I will still be playing that tape at a gas station in Colorado as I check people out at the register. I will be writing pretty lame songs in my sister's basement and trying to reach some level of poetry...some heartland melody...

It's 2011 and I'm still friends with Wade. He gave me a stack of CD's the last time I saw him - I haven't made it through them all. I give him CD's too. He took me out to "help" him feed the cattle and wrangle a bull back into it's field. He and his family cooked while I walked down long dirt trails at his family's ranch - surrounded by fields and sunflowers and grasshoppers that were excited for the company. I'm still a musician and I'm still trying to write music that makes me - and hopefully others - feel the way I did that honeyed morning in Lakin.

Music is the only thing in my life that has ever "stuck." For better or for worse, we are together....these songs and I. I am blessed with a wife who finds value in what I do and who doesn't care if I make twenty bucks at a show or two thousand. I am blessed with artist friends who share their gifts with me. I am blessed with a beautiful pocket of fans who saw it fitting to donate some of their hard-earned money or time to support my latest album.

Overall, I'd say I have it made.

Thank you so very much for giving. I can't wait for the opportunity to do the same.

Much love,
Judith

Judith Avers Kickstarter Update! - January 24, 2011

Hello there!

Thanks for stopping by my website.  We have 28 days left of our Kickstarter campaign!!  In case you don't know about Kickstarter, it is an online organization that helps artists like myself get their projects funded!! 

We are more than half way to our goal of $3000 with 28 days remaining.  Wow!  It is wonderful to see the support and I am so very grateful to those of you who have backed my new album, God Bless the Brooders. 


If you would like to check out my Kickstarter page and see how you can be a part of it, please check out my page at:

http://kck.st/dUfbgd

I also am posting a new video update below. 

If you know anyone who might be interested in my music or supporting this new CD, please pass along this along!  Thanks to each and every one of you.

Hope you are warm and cozy and that the tea is flowing!!

Much love,

Judith

VIDEO UPDATE:

God Bless the Brooders - want to be a part of it? - January 15, 2011

Hello!

I hope you are having the happiest of days wherever you are - 2011 is snowy and beautiful here in Pittsburgh, PA.  I've been busy since I last wrote! 

I snuck away to Massachusetts in November to record my 8th album which will be called "God Bless the Brooders."  Anand Nayak - the producer of "Mountain and Shore" and a dear friend of mine -  spent 5 days and 5 nights with me at Slaughterhouse Studios working on this album.  We had a limited budget and it was just the two of us (with help from the talented and lovely Mark Allan Miller.) 

It was a very different recording process than what I've done in the past.  We both had big life things happening and it was literally a saving grace for me.   I was so grateful for the chance to play music into the wee hours of the morning with someone as thoughtful and respectful as Anand.  He is my favorite musician to play with and the the most compatible producer I've ever worked with.  We really listened to each other and each one of us had a say in what happened. 

When I listen to the music on God Bless the Brooders, I hear myself singing in such a relaxed and peaceful way.  I hear the two of us just allowing the music to happen instead of me trying for the perfect take.  I'm very proud and grateful and credit Anand for really knowing how to make it all happen. 

I am hoping to release the new album this Spring or early Summer, but I need a little help to make it happen.  I have just launched my Kickstarter campaign and I would love it if you checked it out!  Kickstarter is a cool organization that helps artists fund their projects.  They make it very easy for the artist as well as the backers of the project.  I am posting the information below.  The money I am raising will go to pay for duplication, mastering and additional production fees.  The exact amounts are outlined on the page.

I had to make a video and some of you know that I am a little behind in the technical department, so I did my best.  It's a little goofy, but I guess I am a little goofy.  I will be updating it weekly and keeping you all posted on the process.  As you can see on the site, I have until the third week of February to raise the money.  With your help, I think we can do it!!  (Did I mention the cool rewards???  We thought them up on a big hike...we were a little exhausted so that might explain why we think our cinnamon candy is so fabulous.)

Much love to you all and thank so much for checking the campaign out! 

Judith

To see the Kickstarter campaign and to learn more about it, please click this link:

 http://kck.st/dUfbgd

 

To hear a sample of a song that is going to be on the album, here is a video of me performing "I Am What I Is" in Great Bend, Kansas:

A note from Judith - October 29, 2010

Hi folks!

Hope this finds you feeling good and loving the Fall - wherever you are.  

I'm just writing a quick note to let you know that I'm alive and kicking.  I haven't checked in for a little while and I'm going to be out of comission or a tiny bit more. 

I will be letting you all know about the new album soon!  I promise!!

In the meantime, please be good to yourselves and each other.  No matter what happens - we are all we've got. 


love,
Judith

Maverick Mondays Volume 33 - September 27, 2010

Hi everyone!  Thought you might like to see an article that recently came out in the Arts & Entertainment section here in our new home.  Many thanks to David Goldberg and the publishers for the lovely article. 

 Sure do love me some Pittsburgh! 

 

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5779472/judith_avers_national_singersongwriter.html?cat=2

Hope you are warm and cozy wherever you are,
Judith

 

Maverick Mondays Volume 32 - September 3, 2010

Hello! 


I am in beautiful Colorado and loving it - the sunshine, the mountains, the clean air, the    S   P   A   C  E  .....

it is heavenly. 

The shows have been great and the people....even better. 


I wanted to let you know that I added another show to the schedule - this Sunday I will be playing the Unity Church of Ft. Collins, CO. 

 

I love this place and would LOVE seeing you there.  Please check the tour schedule for complete details.

 

Tour de Fat is this Saturday!!  Can't wait!

 

Hope you are happy and content exactly where you are - thanks for being here,

Judith

Maverick Mondays Volume 31 - August 24, 2010

 

 

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood - a beautiful day to be neighbors,

Would. You. Be. Mine?  

Hello from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - I hope this finds you feeling mighty fine.  I rushed home from my morning walk to write a little here - I got inspired.

It all started when my friend lent me her iPod.  That's right - we are CONSIDERING buying one and actually transferring our discs over.  It freaks me out - truthfully-but I am listening to less and less music as technology gets more and more advanced. 

I digress.

I've been listening to this iPod or jamming out in our car (which only has a discman to play CD's) and my batteries kept running out yesterday.  So I turned on the radio.  It was late.  We had just went to a  beautiful open mic at Club Cafe in Pittsburgh and our dear friend Laurie just finished taking her Boards exam for medical school - we were celebrating.  I needed to dance.  Frances needed to dance.  Laurie needed to dance.  So inspite of me losing major cool points with the hipsters and folk fans alike - pop music was the ONLY answer.  Yes.  I listened to it.  And I'm not ashamed.  (Anymore)  And this is why:

I'm a lyric snob.  I want the music I listen to- to be so good that I feel like a failure at writing, playing and singing.  I want to literally quit music after each concert I attend - that's how good I like it.  It inspires me and keeps me focused on trying to improve and not just settle for some sappy crap.  It helps me to feel this pain.  Truly. 

I listened to NPR like any self-respecting folkie would.  I do.  BUT...last night I needed more.  I didn't want to connect with the organic farmer in Iowa who is experimenting with a cacti that will improve the taste and quality of his soybeans.  I wanted to shake my booty.  And I did. 

We were driving in South Side and got stuck in a bit of traffic and were dancing like crazy in our car to some pop song that sounded like any other pop song - goofy lyrics and over synthesized vocals- when it happened.  A lovely gentleman was on the street waiting for the bus, saw us dancing and then he started dancing.  The car in front started bopping along and then the car behind us (a lone female with a disability sticker)  started dancing too. 

The light turned green.  We all waved and danced along our own seperate paths. 
I know this happens to other people.  I am not naive enough to believe that this is a first - in any way-  and we've been car dancing for years, but it WAS a good reminder for me.

I've been noticing a touch of cynnicism creeping up.  A judgemental tendency that I don't like.  A little bit of a darkness.  Maybe I have been reading the news too much.  Maybe I'm tired.  Maybe I'm adjusting to a new place and that's my initial response - I don't know.  But dancing with those strangers reminded me of a goodness.  EVEN in something as silly as pop music.  Who am I to judge it?  Why do I do that so much?

Truthfully - when was the last time that NPR got your booty shaking?  I'm not saying that I won't be listening to NPR - I love it and won't stop - but I am saying that I'm going to ease up on the criticisms.  Dancing last night was just the thing I needed to get out of my funk and to celebrate with my sweetie and our friend. 

In the words of Katy Perry:  "It felt so wrong, It felt so right"

and it did.

I Will be in Colorado next week - hope to see you there!

Love,
Judith

Maverick Mondays volume 30 - August 16, 2010

Well hello lovely folk! 

Thanks for stopping by.  I am home safe and sound from a successful and beautiful Nettlefest.  A small but mighty crowd, yes, but more importantly...the music was AMAZING.  Mary Gauthier, The Honey Dewdrops, Shaun Cromwell, Larry and Jenny Keel and MORE.  What an amazing day of music.  Makes me so happy to be a musician.

If you've been following this for any amount of time, you will have noticed that I've been focusing on some major changes in my part of the woods.  Moving to a new town, graduation (Frances'), a wedding (yeah!), teaching at High Rocks camp (music production) and organizing Nettlefest.  It has been very important and very fulfilling to work on all of these thngs, but it meant that my music has had to be put on hold a bit.  (My own choice of course.) 

The time has come for me to re-focus on what is next in my life and that is:  making two new records and getting acquainted musically and personally with our new city:  Pittsburgh! 


I'm so excited to figure out how to get these albums made and will fill you in as I know more.  I can't wait to share some of the new material with anyone who is interested and I cannot wait to submerge myself in the beautiful city of Pittsburgh. 

I just added a couple of cool shows to the calendar and hope to see you soon!

See you out there,
Judith

Nettlefest 2010 - July 31, 2010

Hello friends!

I will write more of an update soon, but wanted to let you know that the community festival I've been organizing in Southern WV is this weekend!!  Nettlefest is THIS Saturday and I am so excited!!!

For the details, you can click on my calendar or visit www.highrocks.org

Are you feeling a little blue and secretly wishing you were somewhere beautiful with an amazing community full of talented and bright young people?  How about a road trip to see us?  It is such an impotant part of our High Rocks year and I am thrilled about the art, music, games and community activities. 


I would love to see you there and am so proud of the job we've done.  See you there everyone and thanks for checking in!!


Love,

Judith

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