TWO sets. Two gatherings. People actually stopped, sat and listened! For an entire hour! That’s a rare treat for an old, unknown singer-songwriter in this relentlessly accelerating era of information assault.
As they say, support the local arts. It’s easy. You don’t even have to feed a musician. Just listen!
SPOKANE PORCH FEST is an intimate and relaxed performing venue literally on someone’s front porch! For those who don’t know, Spokane porches are spectacular. Most homes in the city’s core were hand-built a hundred years ago, in cozy neighborhoods lined with sidewalks designed for strolling.
Marshall Peterson came up with the brilliant idea of utilizing them for concerts a few years ago and was kind enough to offer me one this fall for an hour-long performance—and maybe more.
Circle your calendar: 3-7pm Saturday, September 15th
Exact time and porch will be announced about a week out. Meanwhile, please block out the date and times.
MUCH to my pleasant surprise, the spring Enneagram class was engaging to teach and well attended. So, I’m offering another this fall. I’m giving early notice because it requires four Tuesdays in a row and builds sequentially—so missing a class means missing a lot. I want to insure you have ample notice.
For those who don’t know the Enneagram, it is a profoundly elegant system for discerning and counteracting subtle, unconscious, reflexive fixations. Although the origins are lost to antiquity, it emerged in Armenia at the end of the 19th century and was perfected over the course of the 20th.
Four Tuesday evenings, starting October 2nd.
The Enneagram is sacred geometry. Much as the Golden Ratio reveals a universal principle of manifestation in the physical universe, the Enneagram reveals the hidden structures of our mental universe. Knowing it leads to greater self-awareness and freedom. It’s well worth the effort.
Come if you can. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
ABOUT a dozen stalwart supporters sat in a circle for a totally unplugged performance. No mics, no PA, no cords—just a direct connection. Wonderful for me, and apparently for the audience as well. The way music should be heard.
The evening netted over $100, not a lot but more than we started with. Every little bit helps support the good work. It’s what Jesus—or in my case, the Buddha—would do.
ALFREDHITCHCOCK once said, “Movies are like life, with all the dull parts removed.” Indeed. And alas, I soon realized the introductory spiel in my recent video was exceedingly dull and so requested Hamilton Studio’s highly skilled editor, Hannah, remove it. Poof! Gone without a trace. And so much better.
For my part, I deleted any trace of the former video on my YouTube Channel and have replaced it with one that’s just like a live performance, only with the dull parts removed.
BACK AGAIN for the third time. Last Fall, we raised over $800 to help the Spokane All Saints Lutheran Church feed the hungry every Tuesday evening. Maybe this Spring we can go for a thousand? Come if you can. Bring a friend. A good time guaranteed.
THE ENNEAGRAM offers a systematic way to understand the underlying foundation of our personalities, or ego structures. It uncovers the source of our fixations and reflexive responses to life. It offers the best of a wisdom tradition in that it reveals underlying subconscious—even mystical—structures; and, the best of a scientific theory in that it predicts with uncanny accuracy our reflexive behaviors that vary depending on our moods and stress levels.
It is more akin to sacred geometry…
While cosmic in nature, the Enneagram is grounded not in the stars but in ourselves. It is NOT astrology. It is more akin to sacred geometry: the same way in which the Greek Golden Ratio reveals an underlying structure of the cosmos, the Enneagram reveals the hidden structure of our personality and its distortions.
The Enneagram has offered me priceless clarity in myself and in my relationships. While it doesn’t “fix” anything, it allows clarity and insight—as getting a pair of glasses won’t fix your eyes, they do allow you to see clearly.
That is the Enneagram.
Classes will be weekly on Thursday nights.
Classes will be held in the upstairs conference room at Express Employment, 331 W Main Street in downtown Spokane, across from the Grand Hotel parking garage.
Doors open at 6:30pm.
Classes start at 7 sharp and end at 8:45.
Class dates are May 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th.
Class size limited to the first 18 who make a deposit or show up.
Cost is $25 per class or $80 for the series.
Share the flyer. Bring a friend. Prepare to be amazed.
TURNS OUT to promote my songs, I have to promote myself—at least until some truly talented and charismatic performer shows up willing to take them out into the world. Since that hasn’t happened—and may never happen!—it looks like I need to do that myself. From a secluded backwater like Spokane, that means the next step is landing some gigs on the “house-concert” circuit* in drivable locales like Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, Canada. And that means making a promo video. No video, no gigs. The things I’m learning on this unlikely journey.
So my dear friends Don Hamilton and Lorna St. John offered to shoot such a thing in their cavernous photo, video and recording studio. They created a visually captivating stage for my performance so that twenty or so friends could show up and pretend to be an enthralled audience. More nervous than I hoped, I somehow survived under the lights’ glare with everyone’s encouragement and will post the result when available. For now, so grateful for the magic of video editing. Mistakes? What mistakes?
And I’m most grateful to the support of so many friends helping me get my songs heard!
*Yes, it is true: there actually are people who enjoy letting wandering troubadours sleep on their beds (sofas?) and sing to their friends, who sometimes count in the hundreds. It’s a counter-cultural miracle.
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.