New-month greetings, friends. As winter slowly releases it's grip in the coming weeks and we contemplate a spring unlike any other in our lifetimes, maybe it's time you joined us in bringing forth new creative life into the world as well. Something we can sink our teeth into...

In this, the 23rd year or our SummerSongs songwriting camp, we once again go online with Zoom to bring every single one of you an ALL levels weekend of world-class songwriting/creativity classes and community.
Friday-Sunday, February 19-21, 2021

We welcome first-time (for us) instructors Steve Seskin, Susan Cattaneo, and Lea Morris, tho all are widely experienced and celebrated for what they bring to our gathering. All the other presenters are annually up at the top of our list of most requested teachers. You’re in great hands and ears.

Which courses to take? W
e’re here to help, and our foundations are support, fun, and connection. We'll do our utmost to ensure that you come away energized and empowered to make the most of your music in hands-on and meaningful ways. And if you're a music fan, this is a "festival ticket" to an amazing and inclusive collaboration of creatives who will inspire you no matter what you do in this world.

And all this - the entire weekend program - is $100 per household.
Not a typo. So even if you're just curious, never played an instrument or sang a note before, it's (as we say in New England) "a bahgain"!

It's a good time to feel human again.
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Many of you have asked about the status of my international (and Idaho) music tours. As of this writing we are planning to proceed with 3 trips to Ireland, my first to Scotland, and my 5th rafting trip in Idaho as chronologically follows:

May 31- June 8, 2021 ~ Scotland ~ 4 spaces open
Beyond the Tartan Tour
$2500 per person double occupancy, $2800 single ~ Included in the tour cost are all in-country entertainment, museums, travel, 3 group dinners, lodging, breakfasts, local guides. Guests are responsible for their own flights, lunches, the balance of dinners, and transportation to and from Edinburgh.
* a note from the organizer, my friend Tim Grimm: "My philosophy is that we are a GO until it becomes evident that we cannot make the trip. Our safety as a group and as individuals is my utmost concert. If the US or UK Government curtails our Tour because of Covid concerns, all guests will receive a full refund (minus small admin costs). At this time, I am not taking 2nd or 3rd payments for the trip, until we have a better idea whether the tour will be able to go forward. If the tour is deemed safe, we will request payment at that time. We are continuing to book the other 2021 tours at this point, and am still taking the initial deposit in those cases."
Write me if you have any questions - including those around refund policies - about the last spots!

July 6-15, 2021 ~ Ireland ~ 8 double occupancy spaces open
$2,650 – US$2,800 per person plus flights, accommodation on the night before the tour starts, lunches, six dinners, drinks and tips.
Selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare
This is my 8th year with Inishfree, and there's no better introduction - or reconnection ~ with the Emerald Isle than with Paddy Downes and crew. Again, we'll keep you updated on viability and travel-ability.

August 30 -Sept 4, 2021 ~ 10 spaces open
$2,200 per person plus your flights and 1-night pre-trip accommodation
Rafting the Main Stem of the Salmon River (ID)
All 30 of us went as scheduled last August, with every hygiene and safety precaution in place, and it was utterly glorious. We paddle again, with 6 guides, 3 generous (and healthy) meals (all diets can be accommodated) a day, the most beautiful campsites in the world, and music by firelight each night. All levels, kids and grandkids welcomed (we may write songs too)...

June 12-21, 2022 ~ Ireland ~ write me to hold your spot
$2,650 – $2,800 per person double occupancy or
$3,150 – $3,300 single occupancy plus flights, accommodation on the night before the tour starts, lunches, six dinners, drinks and tips.
Counties Donegal, Sligo, and Clare
Year #9!

September 12-21, 2022 ~ Ireland ~ write me to hold your spot
$2,650 – $2,800 per person double occupancy or
$3,150 – $3,300 single occupancy plus flights, accommodation on the night before the tour starts, lunches, six dinners, drinks and tips.
Counties Donegal, Mayo, and Clare
Year #9 continues...

And lastly, my monthly online event will be "The Rising in Love Concert Hour" and after-party on Wednesday February 10th at 7:30 PM Eastern Time ... Zoom, Facebook Live, and YouTube...check your e-mail and my social media as we get closer for details...thank you for your continued support and interest. I truly appreciate it all.

Comin' up...

7 ONLINE ~ guest musician, Unity of the Hill Country, Kerrville, TX
8 ONLINE ~ Washington Revels Daily Antidote of Song ~ Noon
10 ONLINE ~ the "Rising in Love Music Hour" ~ 7:30 PM Eastern Time
19-21 ONLINE ~ SyberSongs II virtual songwriting camp!
* classes, coffeehouses, concerts! $100 per household for the whole event!
28 ONLINE ~ guest music for the New Way People of Diversity, Cocoa, FL

21 ONLINE ~ 11 AM guest speaker, UU Congregation of Central Florida
21 ONLINE ~ Jewish Songwriting Cooperative 3-5 PM songwriting wkshp

27 ONLINE ~ Empower Music & Arts ~ Songwriting Class ~ 7-9 PM

2 ONLINE ~ guest speaker @ UU of the Swannanoa Valley, NC
12-17 ONLINE ~ Assoc. for Comprehensive Energy Psychology conference
29 thru JUNE 8 ~ Beyond the Tartan Tour ~ details here

15-17 ONLINE ~ National Urban Alliance (NUA) conference mid-day music
28 - July 2 ~ ONLINE ~ Common Ground on the Hill Traditions Week #1

6-15 ~ Inishfree Musical Tour of Ireland

30 thru SEPTEMBER 4th ~ 5th Annual Rafting Trip, Main Stem/Salmon River

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
Helen Keller