Saturday, 2-5pm, the Inn at St. Peters Village, our favorite place to be in the summer, on the deck over the rocks and rushing water and trees; the waterfalls, the scantily clad diving teenagers, the goats on leashes, Horseshoe Trail hiking, yep - that St. Peters. Worth the drive from anywhere, feels like you went far away to reach a unique vacation spot. There is word of a three-day-long party next door at the Culture Den - the owner is turning the ripe old age of 30, so be prepared for lots of young hipsters hanging on the rocks and many kinds of healers and musicians wandering around. The bakery is tops, there is an antique pinball parlor, as well as a winery. The inn is a bed and breakfast - so you can stay overnight if you are having too much fun to leave, and if you don't mind ghosts, or especially if you LIKE ghosts.
If all that isn't enough fun - we are debuting some new songs. I have been working on Shiny Happy People for FOUR YEARS, and we think it is ready for prime time! It isn't the easiest song for Dave either, but it is ready! More or less. We are also definitely ready with Dave's newest blues original - Sweet Water - plus a DaveLovesDonna version of Louise, and we have a couple more almosts - like Fleetwood Mac's Dreams, Karla Bonoff's Home, Me and Bobby McGee.
Thanks to all who made last Friday @ The Ship Inn fulfill all of the hopes and dreams we hold for our shows. It is hard to express the joy we feel as we watch strangers become friends before our eyes, as we see connections being made, people singing, people hugging. Magic. Shiny Happy People!
For anyone following our saga, I wrote last time about our struggle to recover from over-busyness and get back to the business of creativity. In the past week, we have written and rewritten our Mission Statement, prioritized our daily tasks, and instituted morning band meetings - fashioned after the ones on Flight of the Concorde (yes, we take roll call) - as we feel our way through this life on Planet Earth. The outcome feels really good.
Healthy Lifestyle remains Priority #1, and we are scoring high marks here - lots of aerobics (running for me & the dogs and mowing for Dave), lots of yoga, great nutrition straight out of the garden, meditation, sleep and mindful alcohol consumption. The rest of the priorities got rearranged - thankfully, as our priority list last week reflected how we were actually spending time, not how we want to be spending time, with business and chores on top and creativity at the bottom. With clear vision, we yanked creativity out of Spot #7 and put it in its rightful place - #2, and we now are consciously spending time and energy on writing, recording, and video BEFORE we do chores. A close #3, kind of 2a, is skill development, because if we don't constantly improve our musical, writing, recording and video skills, the stuff we create will just stay in our heads and not create peace on earth - our ultimate goal. The mundane has been dragged down to the bottom - farm and business chores. This was a big letting go for us - because we love our farm stuff, but by putting creativity ahead, if we don't have time for a chore, we either have to let it go (smaller gardens?) or hire someone else to do it. Most importantly, by consciously lifting creativity to the top of our priority list, we are giving our muse notice that we are ready, willing and able to receive and work on whatever projects are out there for us (this makes more sense if you have read Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic). We have focused our attention in a happy place.
What ensued from all this introspection was a STELLAR week. Several new cover songs are in the works, our songlist has been revamped, but more importantly, work has been done on our newest originals and towards the recording of the new CD and even on our screenplay. We are back on track!
Thanks for following along! See you on Saturday!
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