Big doings this month for the Kitchen Musician. I have news about the release of my new studio album, Planting in a Drought, plus a new song to “celebrate” my birthday. Join me in the kitchen and I’ll tell you all about it!
NEWS: New Album Release!
I am very pleased to announce that my new studio album “Planting in a Drought – New songs of struggle, protest and encouragement” will be released on CD, digital download and all streaming media services on March 27th! This release is supported by generous contributors to my Crowdfunding Campaign. So far, seventy-nine of you have carried us way over our initial funding goal. Most of those funds will go to a promotion campaign to get these songs into the ears of listeners in “purple” states – states where active voter turnout will have a major impact on changing the dialog in state and federal government. If you have not yet contributed, please consider boosting our outreach at Planting in a Drought Fund. This campaign will remain open until the album is released on March 27th.
Album Release Celebrations
If you are in the greater Boston area, please consider joining me on Sunday evening, May 17th to celebrate the album release at The Burren in Davis Square, Somerville, MA. This evening is a co-bill with one of my absolute favorite songwriters, Cosy Sheridan. My musical collaborator, Seth Connelly (and other special guests) will join me to celebrate the album release during my half of the show. Then Cosy and her trio (Charlie Koch and Kent Allyn) will work their magic in the second half. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. Using special coupon code “24HOUR” will get you a reduced rate at this ticket link.
For those who can’t make it to the album release show at The Burren, I will also celebrate at my show on Saturday, May 9th at the Javawocky Coffeehouse in Brockton. Seth Connelly will accompany me at this show. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at this link.
THIS MONTH’S MUSIC
Sixty-Nine and a Half
© 2020 Tom Smith (ASCAP)
Lyrics in the comments below
March is my birthday month. Do you remember when your next birthday couldn’t arrive quickly enough? A few years ago, my grandson told me “BobBop, I’m four and a quarter!”, with emphasis on quarter! I remembered his announcement as I looked forward to my seventy first birthday. How different our sense of time when we are four and a quarter! This memory inspired me to write “Sixty-Nine and a Half” – commentary on the arrival of birthdays and other milestones as we age.
“I take each day step by step
Flex my muscles while they still can flex
Give to the struggle everything I have
A bad ass sixty nine and a half”
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