Tom Kimmel Holiday 2012 Newsletter

1. Holiday Greetings!
2. Special: Give Ireland for Christmas
3. Year End News: New Agrarians CD mastered! Waymores dreams!
4. 2013 Drawing Board: Songbook, solo CD
5. Christmas Wisdom: Sweet & pithy holiday quotes
6. Poem of the Month:  My Sister (a Christmas story)
7. Recommended: My favorite Christmas CD & book
8. Note to Promoters & Concert Hosts

1. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

The weather outside is not frightful, but traffic is pretty scary! A fire would be delightful, but for the moment I’m happy to be holed up in a warm coffee shop with a cappuccino.

I know everyone is crazy busy this close to Christmas, so without further ado, here’s a concise holiday missive.

2. Special: Give the gift of Ireland this Christmas

I’ll be taking another group of friends and fans to Ireland next August, visiting some of the most beautiful places on earth, hearing some of the finest soul music made by humans and angels, and meeting some of the most colorful, hospitable people in the world.

If you’ve dreamed of visiting Ireland—or visiting again—come with me. I promise you’ll never forget it.

My 2013 tour will August 21-30, and we’ll be visiting Counties Cork, Clare and Kerry—my favorite places in the country. For more info, click HERE and HERE.

(And because a picture is worth a thousand words, HERE are some photos from my 2011 group tour, and HERE are pics from 2012 tour.)

3. News

a. The New Agrarians album is completely finished, save for artwork and pressing. Pierce (Pettis), Kate (Campbell) and I are so looking forward to sharing it with you next year.

b. The Waymores debut album’s “official” release is now scheduled for late winter/early spring. The CD is already available at our live shows, at our website and at CDBaby, but (God willing) we will launch that all-important press and radio campaign shortly.

I love working my talented partners in these trios… and am proud of the music we’ve made together.

4. Drawing Board

a. TK Songbook: coming soon

Minimal work remains: adding an acknowledgements page, a final proof of charts, adding a table of contents. It’s taken forever, but… soon!

b. Solo record

I’ve been slowed by a computer meltdown and software funny business, but a solo record will be my #1 focus for the New Year.

5. Christmas Wisdom

“Were I a philosopher, I should write a philosophy of toys, showing that nothing else in life need to be taken seriously, and that Christmas Day in the company of children is one of the few occasions on which men become entirely alive.”
—Robert Lynd, Irish author (1879-1949)

“The earth has grown old with its burden of care, but at Christmas it always is young.”
—Phlips Brooks, American clergyman/lyricst (1835-1893)

“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together. “
—Garrison Keillor, American author/humorist (b. 1942)

6. TK Poem of the Month: A little personal Christmas story

My Sister

My sister Helen sang Christmas carols
even in the summertime;
she was weird like that.
Once she ate a whole
stick of butter. And once,
I guess because she was told
not to, she stuck her arm
right in Bubba’s big window fan.
You had to keep an eye on her.

If my sister was last at the table
she would likely hide what was left
of her peas and rice under the rug,
and once a fossilized sandwich
was found in her Sunday purse.
Mama says that whereas I would
tell the truth when a lie would’ve
saved me from a whipping, Helen
would tell a lie when the truth
would’ve gotten her out of trouble.

Fact: my sister was much smaller than I was
and thus extremely susceptible to torture.

At various times I:

  • locked her out of the house
    in the snow wearing
    only her pajamas
  • stuffed her upside down
    in a garbage can
  • placed a large dead spider
    in her open mouth
    while she slept in the back seat
    on our way to the beach.

But here’s the story of the meanest thing
I ever did to her…

To read the complete poem, click HERE.

7. Recommended: My favorite Christmas CD, favorite Christmas story

a. CD: The Gift, by Liz Story

I tire quickly of Christmas music—Lord have mercy, it begins playing in stores and shops around Halloween—but “The Gift” is a timeless instrumental album I return to every year—and often continue to play even after Christmas.

(Available at iTunes or through your local record store.)

b. Story: A Christmas Memory, by Truman Capote

I’m sure many of you have read this poignant story, but it’s such a profound joy to reread, and that is why I recommend it here.

Set in my mother’s hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, it reminds me of much of my childhood. But its appeal is decidedly universal, as it speaks to childhood and holiday memories for all of us.

(Available wherever books and e-books are sold.)


Touring is hard work, but much of the joy in it comes not only from performing, but from seeing old friends along the way. THANK YOU for inviting me to sing and play… and for taking me in… and making my dreams come true—EVERY year.

To book me solo, or to book *The Waymores, **The New Agrarians or ***The Sherpas, contact:

Shauna Jamison
(Shauna is sharp, efficient and a great pleasure to work with. She’ll make it happen!)

*The Waymores: TK, Sally Barris, Don Henry
**The New Agrarians: TK, Kate Campbell, Pierce Pettis
***The Sherpas: TK, Tom Prasada-Rao, Michael Lille


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