It’s that time of year again when we get to show off some of our dear friends who also happen to be extremely talented musicians, songwriters and performers. It’s no accident that they’re all duos who are in love with each other. I’m not much for the Hallmark holidays but since Rod did actually propose to me on Valentine’s day in 1993, it does mean a little something to us. He was supposed to wait until February 18th which was another sort of anniversary that we celebrate each year (if I tell you its the “first kiss” does that make me sound as sappy as I feel when I say it?). Anyway, he’d bought the ring about a week earlier from his brother-in-law’s mother who specialized in antique jewelry and it was burning a hole in his pocket. I guess he couldn’t wait any longer and as I lay prone on our homemade couch in our first real apartment together watching some Sunday afternoon rerun he came over and without even turning off the t.v., got down on his knees in front of me and popped the question. I know I should remember every word of that moment but while I have no trouble clearly visualizing the whole scene in my head the words actually escape me. In that instant, this “silly holiday” which we had both pretty much ignored up until then, became a day that we had to do something about each year. Uh… not so much. We continued to celebrate Feb 18th (that is, until 2002 – another story for another time) but it wasn’t until we were hanging out with a few other married couples who made music together that “My Folky Valentine” was born. This is our 9th year and we’re thrilled to introduce The Ark audience to this amazing line-up of married couples making music together. Visit http://theark.org for details. Advance tickets are not required, but wouldn’t it be great if we sold out the venue!!??!
We’re on our way back to Michigan full of gratitude for what has been an incredible trip full of memorable experiences.
First we set out for St. Louis where I was at the helm for one last Folk Alliance Region Midwest conference. With endless thanks to all the undaunted volunteers, it turned out to be a smashing success. Read more about that here: http://farmfolk.org. We left St. Louis (wondering for more than a few minutes why we weren’t heading home for some much needed rest) and hit the road for Mountain Home, AR to perform for a sweet crowd of music lovers at the UU gathering place – a concert set up by our super talented friend, Kim Richardson, and hosted by a sweet couple – Art & Pam. As we spent the next couple days driving further south to Austin where we visited with Rod’s daughter, son-in-law and grandson (no, that’s not a typo), we were finally able to unwind and recognize the unintended healing properties this trip was starting to reveal.
After a couple of quiet nights in Austin we set off to Houston for our show at Songbird Sanctuary – a wonderful concert series hosted by Tom Yeager who Rod and I met at a number of Folk Alliance conferences. I had hoped to take a detour to Round Top where the Junk Gypsy Warehouse is located only to find out that they won’t be open till Christmas or later. So now, a little ahead of schedule, we spot some cars pulled over just outside of the city at a sparsely populated roadside park near a small bayou. We take a little walk to shake off the road rash and then pull out the banjo and viola to run through the trio of tunes we were planning to spring on the unsuspecting crowd. (Fortunately for us, we were to find that no one was of the traditional ilk so it turned out ok.) Continue reading