Oh, MY, Oh, MY, BIG exciting week for us. Wednesday, Mill at Anselma Farmers' Market, Chester Springs, 3:30--6pm, Donna solo girlsongs, Just west of the intersection of Routes 401 and 113 on 401, http://anselmamill.org/
Thursday, East Goshen Farmers' Market, West Chester, PA, 3:30--6pm, Donna solo girlsongs, http://www.eastgoshenfarmersmarket.org/
Friday, The Ship Inn, Malvern/Exton, 7:30-10:30pm, DaveLovesDonna, http://www.eastgoshenfarmersmarket.org/
Saturday, The Inn at St. Peters Village, 2-5pm, DaveLovesDonna, theinnatsaintpeters.com/
I am so THANKFUL for farmers' markets! When we sing in clubs, we have a responsibility to play happy songs and help people put aside their cares for a time. We also sort of feel like the songs should be peppy. So many of the songs that I am writing, that keep coming to me out of the ether, are soft or pretty or sad or angry or quirky, and we just don't feel right playing them in a club. BUT, at farmers' markets, I feel like I have a lot of latitude to just be me and play MY music, the full range, and people listen and comment and get it, and it is a wonderful relief. I believe the farmers' market music scene is relatively new, and how totally convenient of it to come along just as I was becoming a song writer. I now take my keyboard with me everywhere Dave and I play, but my girl songs on the piano are soft and pretty, or dark dark blues, so I don't usually get to play them, unless someone requests one. But I can do them all at the farmers market! At Yellow Springs Farm, I got requested to do the piano songs twice!
One more incredibly fun farmers' market thing happened last week. My big big love has always been Broadway. At the Anselma Market, I had a group of little girls beg me to learn the song Let It Go, from Frozen. I have never seen Frozen, so the director of the market sent me the youtube link to the song, and my oh my this is a big and beautiful Broadway belting song, and it fills my whole being with joy to sing all two octaves of it. The message parallels my life in so very many ways. I think I have finally learned it (practically driving Dave-the-Saint completely mad in the process). The market has announced that I will be singing it on Wednesday, and I can't wait!
Friday, we will be returning to one of our most warm and fuzzy new places to sing--The Ship Inn. We sang there just two weeks ago, and the place filled up with dear friends, old and new, from far and near. Adding to that the regulars who truly love music and come to share and sing along, and it was as joyful as a night can get. Great food and drink, but even better camaraderie. If you can come, be sure to reserve a table near the music. Let us know if you find yourself coming alone and would like some new friends to sit with.
And Saturday, Saturday it gets even better, singing on the deck at The Inn at St. Peters, over the rocks and waterfalls, as beautiful as PA and summer in PA can be. We urge you to come and join in the fun, while it lasts! Grab on. Join in.
We are out west in and about Yellowstone Park for the next two weekends. Be back for July 4th weekend--July 3rd at Ludwigs and July 4th back at St. Peters!
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