Fall Folk Festival: A heartfelt success!

THANKS to all who came out. The small room was packed, standing room only, and the audience actually listened—the greatest gift someone can give a singer-songwriter. Hats off the dedicated volunteers who put this festival together every year, free to the community. I look forward to returning next year, with maybe a few more new songs.

Special thanks to Marianne Torres who took this picture at the festival.

2016 Day of the Dead Celebration

6pm Wednesday, November 2

cookieshadJOIN BODHI BILL and Rev. Toni Niemiec for our first-ever Dia de los Muertos Celebration at the Center for Spiritual Living in Spokane. We’ll have a display of personal altars (ofrendas), music, songs, stories and sharing along with a Mexican-style potluck dinner

If you are interested in creating an ofrenda honoring your deceased family and friends, contact Rev Toni at joyfulrev1@gmail.com. As of this posting, we still have 6 altar spaces available.

No charge. Donations welcome.

Sugar skulls and decorated skull cookies are provided. Children are welcome. This is an Anglicized version of this traditional Mexican event–so all races and faiths are where to buy cialis online welcome to join.

  • OCT 23/SUNDAY 10am: Sermon and instructions on Dia de los Muertos
  • OCT 30/SUNDAY noon: Cookie and sugar skull decoration party.
  • OCT 30/SUNDAY 6pm: Altar set up for those who have signed up.
  • NOV 2/WEDNESDAY 6pm: Celebration & Mexican-style Potluck—open to the public!

Details on the schedule below.

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Slip Away Lyric and Chords

CD-SQ-SlipAwayFOR MUSICIANS, here is a basic version of Slip Away along with a PDF file of the words and chords. I recorded this using a classical guitar for backup, but obviously it can be accompanied by any guitar, harp, piano or similar instrument—or simply sung a cappella.

This is an MP3 file. If you’d like a CD-quality track, click HERE.

Words and chords to SLIP AWAY.

I hope you find this helpful.

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The Story Behind the Song

CD-SQ-SlipAwaySLIP AWAY represents a fundamental turning point in my life. Before my mother’s death, I was working as an advertising creative director who was beyond burned out—and had been for years. I was so burned out, I had no inspiration left to imagine what might come next.

Then, my mother was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. I wrote this song for her, but something always came up when I wanted to play it. Then, I was with her the day she died and was able to sing it as a round, over and over, as she lay in coma. The impact on both of us was profoundly transcendent. That experience led me to hospice. In hospice I discovered chaplaincy. And in chaplaincy, I discovered a calling to work with the dying and their families, which I followed up to my retirement in 2015.

LINK to download a FREE Slip Away MP3 file

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Fall Folk Festival

3:45 Saturday, November 12, 2016

foto-1-sqJOIN BODHI BILL for a lively, all-originals set at the Folk Festival on the campus of Spokane Falls Community College. Bill's set starts at precisely 3:45pm in the Student Union Conference Room. Come early, stay late. A good time guaranteed for all!

Check out Bodhi Bill's way cool promo video!

Festival location:

  • Lair Student Union Conference Room
  • Spokane Falls Community College
  • 1810 North Greene Street
  • Spokane WA 99217

Good tunes. Good times…

Festival Map

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The Unsettling Art of Selling Self as Soap

SOAP LABELPACKAGING MYSELF as some kind of consumer product is beyond awkward, to say nothing of misleading. I’m far from 99 and 44/100 percent pure. But then, singing my songs to myself in the shower isn’t all that fulfilling either. It’s a dilemma. If it weren’t for the songs, I’d rather be doing something useful that isn’t ABOUT ME. That’s why I loved chaplaincy. But here I am, promoting myself anyway. What can I say?

I just hope I can use this digital soap box to do some good.

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On Being With the Dying

Presence Button 2WHEN I was working as a palliative care chaplain I came up with this three word philosophical summary of spiritual care for the dying. It was well received, so I had buttons printed for the team. They are all gone now, but I think the idea is still worth sharing.

It doesn’t matter if you feel like you “know” what to say or not; that will be forgotten anyway. Just be there, in all your awkward vulnerability. That’s what will be remembered. That’s what matters.

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