In This Issue:
1. Greetings! It’s June!
2. News: Tom’s Ireland 2012 Tour update, Waymores album available NOW, Hallmark movie
3. Drawing Board: Solo album, songbook, New Agrarians album, follow-up poetry book
4. Food for Thought: Mary Gauthier, Guy Clark, Will Rogers & James L. Brooks on “time”
5. Poem of the Month: In Praise of Szymborska
6. Recommended: great poetry, fine country music
7. Short note to promoters & concert hosts
So it’s June. June! The most romantic of all months. More couples tie the knot in June than in any other month. (FYI January is top month for divorce, but we won’t go there.)
And June is Gay Pride Month. Hats off to all LGBT friends and fans.
According to holdayinsights.com June is also Aquarium Month, Candy Month, Dairy Month, Adopt a Cat Month, Fresh Fruit Month, Turkey Lovers Month and-my personal favorite-National Accordion Awareness Month.
Of course June 17 is Father’s Day, and June 20 is the Solstice-longest day of the year (north of the equator). But did you know about these days?
June 18 International Panic Day (Very popular.)
June 20 Ice Cream Soda Day (Make mine with root beer.)
June 22 National Chocolate Eclair Day (I’ll take two.)
June 23 Take Your Dog to Work Day (My dogs take ME to work.)
June 25 National Catfish Day (Burp!)
June 28 Insurance Awareness Day (What?)
June 29 Hugs Day (Hey isn’t that EVERY day?)
Happy June Everyone!
Ireland! In August I’ll be taking 22 friends and fans for a backroads tour of the south and west coasts that glorious green isle. A few seats remain on my bus. If you have ever felt the tug to go, come on. This is the way to do it. If you’ve been on the fence, come on down and join me.
We’ll be visiting Counties Waterford, Cork and Kerry-some of the most beautiful places on the face of this planet-and we’ll be hearing some of the most rousing, moving music I’ve ever heard, made for us by some of Ireland’s finest players.
And of course we’ll be enjoying it all together, you and me.
One particularly good reason to come now: the dollar is exceptionally strong against the euro for the first time in quite awhile. That’s big.
For all more info, click HERE, and for a FAQ page, HERE.
B. Waymores album available NOW!
We Waymores (me, Don Henry, Sally Barris) are VERY excited about our debut record. We wrote, played, produced and recorded the album ourselves, and we got four-time Grammy winner Ray Kennedy to mix and master it.
We’ll be servicing radio and doing press later in the year. But for now it’s finally available to our fans. Yes it is.
Listen to song clips and buy it HERE.
C. Had a song on TV a couple weeks ago
Hey it’s been awhile. “Long Way Down,” which I wrote with old friend Jeff Franzel, was featured on May 19 in the Hallmark movie “Kiss at Pine Lake.” I’ll let you know if I hear about a re-run.
BTW I’d love to make that recording available to you… and I’m working on how best to do that.
D. New Solo Album
I’ve begun pre-production and will be working at it all summer. Will keep you posted. I have dreams. And schemes.
3. Drawing Board
A. New Agrarians album: We’re putting our heads together on this one. It’s early, but we’ve agreed to do it… by hook or by crook. Probably the latter.
B. Songbook: I will finish it this summer. Promise.
C. Poetry Book #2: I’m sorting through poems and essays. Doing some re-writing here and there. It’s percolating.
4. Food for Thought
“It’s hard going first.”
-Mary Gauthier, artist (b. 1962)
“It’s the second mouse that gets the cheese.”
-Guy Clark, artist (b. 1941)
“One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.”
-Will Rogers, philosopher (1879-1935)
“I took some time out for life.”
-James L. Brooks, film director (b. 1940)
“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.”
-Carl Sandburg, poet (1878-1967)
“Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.”
-Jim Bishop, journalist (1907-1987)
5. TK Poem of the Month
Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska, who passed away in February, was one of my inspirations. She won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1996, and her earthy, conversational poems perfectly balance insight, irony, humility and conviction. I wrote this for her several years ago, but never shared it.
“In Praise of Szymborska”
After reading Szymborska,
what’s the point in attempting
my own verse? And let’s not
speak of my embarrassment
at tackling a song. In my opinion
the woman has no pity, no regard
for popular art or its creators.
So clear is her intention, so incisive
her surgery that pretenders
are exposed like school children
caught standing on our desks.
I don’t imagine it was her plan,
but Ms. Szymborska has personally
ruined a generation of poets’ work
for me, simply by raising the bar
to an unattainable height.
Not content to retire now that
she’s accepted her Nobel Prize,
she continues to best herself,
even without competition’s inspiration.
What competition? you ask.
6. Recommended: 2 books of poems…
A. View With a Grain of Sand, Selected Poems by Wislawa Szymborska. So many gems here. Understated, life changing poems.
In Praise of My Sister
B. The Poets Laureate Anthology, edited by Elizabeth Hun Schmidt. A wonderful, extensive anthology of poems by all those poets who have served as Poet Laureate of the United States. Educational, entertaining and inspiring.
To a Waterfowl, by Donald Hall
A Ritual to Read to Each Other, by William Stafford
Words, by Stephen Spender (for all my fellow writers)
…and 2 albums of country music (because it’s Country Music Week here in Nashville).
A. Cold Comfort, by John Lilly. John recently emceed a West Virginia show for the Waymores, gave me his latest CD, and it’s still in my car’s CD player. A tradition-seeped, fresh, in-your-ear organic recording of originals. Thanks John.
Listen-and buy-at www.johnlillymusic.com
“Tore Up From the Floor Up”
“Anyone But You”
B. Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’: Songs of the Louvin Brothers, by Various Artists (Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, et al).
Carl Jackson produced this off-the-scale fine collection of Louvin Brothers classics almost a decade ago, but it stands up like a mountain on the contemporary country landscape. If you care even a whit about country music and haven’t heard this, do yourself a favor and buy it.
At Amazon and other outlets.
Personal fav: “How’s the World Treating You” (An unforgettable James Taylor-Alison Krauss duet.)
7. A Note to Concert Promoters and Hosts
We’re booking TK solo and trio shows, workshops, and poetry and story readings for the remainder of 2012 and beyond.
For TK solo shows contact:
Also contact Shauna to book the New Agrarians (Kate Campbell, Pierce Pettis, me) and the Sherpas (Michael Lille, Tom Prasada-Rao, moi).
For Waymores bookings contact:
The Americana Agency: firstname.lastname@example.org
Simply put, I want to play, read, speak or teach at your listening room, theater, festival, church, workshop or school.