It’s been pouring rain here. I mean REALLY pouring. The kind of rain from my childhood in Pennsylvania! It’s probably Mother Nature’s way of apologizing for a wimpy Utah winter. So we are looking forward to summer, not only for the sunshine, but for the music we get to play! Besides water, the heavens have poured upon us two great blessings this past week. Both gave me cause to sing.
First was a spontaneous lullaby originally sung by my mother for all of her grandchildren at birth. My daughters joined me in singing it in the hospital room after our beautiful GRACIE ELIZABETH PETERSEN was born to my daughter Sarah and her husband Dave. Gracie is a Mothers Day baby, born 5-10-15. What a doll!
Second was a new love song written for my dear friend and longtime singing partner, MERLYN SCHOFIELD, and sung at her wedding this last Saturday. Congratulations to Kent Weight for marrying a treasure! And best wishes to both of them.
Here’s a short rundown of the bigger events coming up. Check out the events column on my website for specific times and locations:
THIS THURSDAY May 21 7:30 pm MST (9:30 Eastern Standard Time) FIRESIDE CHAT with KATE MacLEOD. Online Concert/Interview. See and hear stories and songs live from your computer or other device. Info here: https://www.concertwindow.com/3582-fireside-chats-with-kate-macleod
June 17, 18 7:30 pm and June 20 1 pm and 7:30 pm I’ll be singing my new COLOR SONGS for the little dancers in CLYTIE ADAMS BALLET RECITALl in the Browning Center at Weber State University. Recordings of that new collection of children’s songs will be available there. Tickets @ Clytie Adams School of Ballet (www.clytieadams.com)
June 26 @ 4:00 pm Big Mouth Stage, UTAH ARTS FESTIVAL
June 27 @ 9 am, I’ll be teaching a class for the IAMA SONGWRITING SCHOOL at the Utah Arts Festival, focusing on copyright, licensing and publishing. I’ll also be helping judge the Suzanne Milsaps Songwriter Competition that afternoon.
June 27 @ 7 pm I’ll be up in the fresh air of Midway Utah at the HOMESTEAD CONCERT SERIES. This show is free, and I’ll be joined by JaNae Kotter and the ever-popular John Connors.
July 11 @ 7 pm FARMINGTON FESTIVAL DAYS. Free outdoor concert
July 16 @ 7 pm COLIN RAYE CONCERT, with the Mark Robinette Band. I’ll be performing “Get Back on that Pony with he band. Layton Amphitheater (tickets through Davis County Arts)
Besides these events that are open to the public, I’m happy to be playing regularly for Heart and Soul, a non-profit organization taking music to those who cannot get out to enjoy it, as well as private performances.
It is a great blessing in my life to be able to speak my heart through my instruments: my songs, my voice and my guitar. Thanks for listening!
And enjoy that summer sun!
our newest treasure, little Gracie