It looks like we are entering a very dark winter. I am buoyed by a memory – a simple gift to remind me that there will come a spring. I have a new song to tell you about it. Meet me in the kitchen!
NEWS: Announcing my new album: “Apples & Cheese” coming December 1st!
THIS MONTH’S MUSIC: “Bluebells”
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Tom on the cabin porch, Jaffrey, NH
News: A New Album Coming December 1st!
This uplifting album has seven original and five traditional folk songs, recorded at home with me singing and playing all of the instruments (guitar, banjo, harmonica, dulcimer, jaw harp, and magic twanger). Happily, my daughter Mally Smith contributed some vocal harmonies from her home studio in Scotland, and the fabulous young singer Clio Moock sang one of my original songs, recorded at her home in Melrose, MA by her father Alastair Moock. Sean Staples mixed the album and it was mastered by Dave Westner.
What started out as a do-it-yourself private project for my grandchildren and their cousins has blossomed into a full-blown release that I am very proud of. I think it is the perfect antidote to current events, and I can’t wait to share it with you and the children in your life. You will be able to hear the full album, download it or order the CDs via my Bandcamp Store, starting December 1st!
This Month’s Music: “Bluebells”
“Bluebells” © 2020 Tom Smith (ASCAP)
Lyrics in the comments below.
Please, can we have even one day when we don’t hear the words unprecedented, existential threat, or uncharted waters. I am feeling more than a little beaten up by a national election that exposed wide divisions that seem insurmountable… by a deadly virus infecting millions of Americans… by an incomprehensible reaction by many who ignore the fact that the simple act of wearing a mask can help keep us and those with whom we come in contact safe… by the lack of recognition that we have a serious problem with systemic racism in our country. I could go on and on with other reasons to feel beaten up.
As we enter what is expected to be a very dark winter, I find myself longing for simple gifts – sharing music in the same room with others, hugging my grandchildren, laughter with friends, an epic Thanksgiving dinner, a handshake with a stranger.
Working on my new album for kids really helped to pick up my spirits over the last two months. It was so much fun to focus on writing and recording those uplifting songs for our grandchildren (and for you!). But as that project wound down, I found myself in a kind of malaise. From that malaise, a distant memory appeared – a memory of a spring-time afternoon with our oldest child, Heather. Heather always seemed to have a project to do. This song gives you a little window into that afternoon project, and how to this day it still brings hope in the knowledge that winter always gives way to spring.
- “When faced with things I can’t control
When light decays and days grow cold
When strength betrays my will to cope
A simple gift can kindle hope”
Hang on, my friends. Do whatever it takes to stay healthy. Be kind to each other. Stay the course.
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