This month I share a wonderful gift I received from the kids in the young animators class at Creative Arts at Park – an animation of my song “New Hampshire Wind”. I also have several great shows to tell you about. Come into my kitchen! Please close the screen door behind you.
“Here on the front porch, ‘neath a roof made of tin
I’m singing along with the New Hampshire Wind.”
Save the date! I am ecstatic to tell you that I will be opening for the great David Mallett at Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham on Friday, Nov. 2nd. You can purchase tickets at this link. David is a true American treasure. In the millenium edition of The Bangor Daily News, in his home state, David was named along with Marshall Dodge, Andrew Wyeth, E.B. White, Stephen King, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and others, one of the most memorable â€œMainersâ€ of the twentieth century. David is a master songwriter and superior musician. Please join us on Nov. 2nd so that you can hear for yourself how songs should be written and sung by one of the very best practitioners of the craft.
This Month’s Music
“New Hampshire Wind (Animation)”
“New Hampshire Wind” © Tom Smith.
Every July I provide technical support for Creative Arts at Park, a five week emersion in the arts for children 7 to 15 years of age. It is so much fun to hang around this great collection of teachers and to see the joyful art and performance of over two hundred children. One of my favorite classes to walk through is called “Linestorm”, taught by master animator and teacher Pell Osborn. Pell’s class creates animation using old fashioned tools and techniques – pencils and a light box. To make just a few seconds of animation is a large commitment that requires care, attention to detail and talent – particularly since the animators in this class were seven through ten years old. When I learned that Pell’s beginning animators were using my song “New Hampshire Wind” I was a bit overcome by the scale of their effort, and the honor that these kids bestowed on my music.
This song is a perfect soundtrack for the last week of work before I head out for a month in the woods at our simple cabin in Jaffrey, NH. If you are in the area, consider joining me on Saturday August 11th at the Listening Room at Mindfull Books where I will co-teach a songwriting class with the talented John Schindler, and then split the billing at a concert in the evening. Click for details. It is less than a two hour drive from Boston!
Wishing you peace and music.
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August 11, Saturday, Jaffrey, NH. I share a day with the gifted songwriter John Schindler. During the afternoon we co-teach a songwriting workshop. Then we split the bill for an evening concert in the Listening Room at Mindfull Books.
August 18, Saturday, 7:30 pm, Nashua, NH. I will be the feature performer at the Studio 99 Open Mic.
Sept. 6, Thursday, 6:30 pm, Dedham, MA. TENTATIVE. I will return to the Paradise Cafe in Dedham Square. We still need to work out the details on this so stay tuned.
Sept. 21, Friday, 7:00 pm, Groton, MA. I will be the feature performer at Main Street Cafe Open Mic. My set will be about 8:30 pm.
Sept. 23, Sunday, 2:00 pm, Concord, MA. My musical friends Kate Chadbourne, Linda Abrams, Bill Kehoe, Pat Kenneally, Bob Phillips and I have come to be known as the Chanticleers. Weather permitting, we’ll be playing and singing in round-robin fashion at Emerson’s old stomping grounds near the Olde North Bridge in historic Concord, MA.
Oct. 20, Saturday, 7:00 pm, Rochester, NY. Looking farther down the road, tell your Rochester, NY friends that I will be joining the wonderful duo Leslie Lee and Steve Gretz in the round at the Tango Cafe. Leslie and Steve recently released a new CD and I can’t wait to hear those songs live. Road trip anyone?
Click to view these and all all upcoming shows.
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