1. Spring Greetings from Mississippi!
2. News-in-Very-Brief: A few slots open for Tom’s June NC writing retreat… and a few seats for July 15-24 Ireland tour… and fun TK radio interview online for streaming
3. TK Poem of the Month: Mrs. White Wakes Up Dead
4. Spring Food for Thought: Tennyson, Twain, Shushiki & Salinger
By God it’s Spring! I should be outdoors, but I’m settling today for open windows and doors. Blue, blue sky. Sun. An easy breeze. Lord have mercy.
Hope everyone is feeling it… or at least feeling it coming.
Welcome! Here’s a short update.
a. Tom’s 2nd Annual Doe Branch Ink Songwriting Retreat in scenic NC hills
Last month I was fortunate to lead 5 short workshops in Florida, and again I’m reminded what a great opportunity it is to focus on learning and writing songs in a quality retreat setting.
This coming June 7-13 I’ll again be hosting a retreat for a small group of diverse writers, courtesy of Doe Branch Ink, an outfit that annually sponsors a series of retreats for novelists, poets and songwriters.
I LOVED last year’s retreat—my first there—and I hope to be hosting retreats there for years to come.
So… a few spaces remain for the week. Affordable tuition includes lodging and all catered meals.
The retreat is open to songwriters on all levels. Our small group (10 participants max) provides all of us the opportunity to focus in a personalized way.
For much more info, click HERE.
b. Seats still available for July 15-24 Ireland tour
It’s hard to put into words how sweet this trip is… or how much I enjoy hosting it each summer.
Two dozen of us will travel in a luxury coach with an excellent guide and skilled driver… and explore Ireland’s soulful and gorgeous southwest: Counties Cork, Kerry and Clare.
This year I’ll be co-hosting with my good friend Sue Riley, and we’ll have a merry, spirited, warm group of fans, friends and family along for the adventure.
And as a picture’s worth a thousand words, you can see lots of pics from previous tours HERE.
c. Fun hour-long TK radio interview for streaming…
My good (and talented) friend Janet Feld hosts a weekly internet radio show called Janet’s Planet, and recently I was her guest for an hour-long phone interview that also features songs from several of my albums.
To stream the show:
-Direct your browser to www.true2youradio.com
-Pause whatever show is currently streaming
-Click the Play button on the Janet show I’m on… and turn up your volume.
(The live voice interview volume’s a little low—we were on speaker phones—but the interview was a blast….)
BTW you’ll see some other cool show/interviews on the same page—my Sherpa partner Tom Prasada-Rao being one of them
Last but not least, sample Janet’s own fine music at her website HERE.
3. TK Poem of the Month
Mrs. White Wakes Up Dead
Bubba said when she answered the door
Mrs. White was standing there
looking pale as a ghost.
“Am I dead?” said Mrs. White.
Are you what? asked Bubba.
“Am I dead?”
What do you mean, are you dead?“
I mean I woke up this morning, and I was dead.”
You thought you were dead?
“You mean I’m NOT dead?” said Mrs. White.
Well, said Bubba, you are certainly not dead,
but you know you do look a little peaked.
4. Spring Food for Thought
Tennyson, in his great poem Locksley Hall, wrote:
In the Spring a livelier iris changes on the burnish’d dove;
In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.
With that in mind I fished up a little seasonal food for thought I hope you’ll enjoy.
“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
― Mark Twain, author (1835-1910)
Dead my old fine hopes
And dry my dreaming but still…
Iris, blue each spring
― Shushiki, poet (1668-1725)
“If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she’s late? Nobody.”
― J.D. Salinger, author (1919-2010)