Maybe this is your story, too, but when I was a kid, my mother used to make my brother, sister and me write New Year's resolutions. It did mark a change that - for children who would not stay up till midnight for years to come - would otherwise have gone unnoticed, but I didn't understand what it all meant. To make a resolution, sure, was to promise yourself you'd do something (a WHOLE LIST of somethings - and my mother had LOADS of suggestions about clean bedrooms), but it had an odd sort of mystery about it. Was this like writing to Santa? If you wrote it down, did that make it actually happen? And what if I didn't do the thing I resolved to do? Would that be some kind of bad luck? Needless to say, I was relieved when that tradition at last fell away, and I moved into the age of midnight toasting! But that's not to say that as an adult, I don't have things I look forward to doing each new year; au contraire, mon frère! Here's what I'm looking forward to (that's WAY different than a RESOLUTION) in 2018:
- Better health! My knee is healing well, and I look forward to getting back to walking with confidence to the nearby grocery store and pumping up my dance-game. I'm five weeks post-op, and the light is at the end of the tunnel!
- Another album: I'm hoping to have my album-in-the-works in final stages by the end of 2018 - if not completed!
- More performances with Fortunate Strangers and possibly a bit of a solo act to take to schools (we shall see!)
- More teaching! In addition to working with Libby on harmony workshops and continuing to volunteer as a writer's coach for middle & high school students, I'll be teaching a second class at Lark Camp, this year, and I am already working on the material for that; it will be about the music and history of the Scottish Travellers.
And I also look forward to travel with my husband, Kent. Now . . . where shall we go? And what will YOU be doing?
TWO HARMONY WORKSHOPS IN EARLY 2018!
Here are two ways you can learn a new trick - singing HARMONY - in the New Year. Both will be held at my studio in North Berkeley.
BEGINNING WORKSHOP: Saturday, February 24, 2-4:00pm, Libby McLaren and I will host a beginner's workshop for folks who haven't any or much experience singing harmony. In two hours, we'll take you through some simple harmony singing, and by the time we're done, you'll have a good grasp of how to sing something different than the melody!
BEGINNING STUDENT QUOTE: "I liked being face to face with you two teachers...singing together and switching roles from high to low, melody to harmony; I was not sure I could do that and was pleasantly surprised!
ADVANCED WORKSHOP: Saturday, March 10, 2-4:00pm, we'll host an advanced harmony singing workshop that will bring you from an intermediate singing experience to understanding how to work on your own harmonies, and this will include some very fundamental aspects of music theory. If you are in a band and want new mad skills--this is for you!
ON JANUARY 20 from 3:30pm on, Libby and I will be on the air with Lyons Filmer on The Celtic Universe radio program on KWMR in Point Reyes Station. We will talk about singing harmony, our workshops and Carmony, and even demonstrate live what WE do to find harmonies on the fly. It will be a lot of fun for us (Lyons is a great DJ!) and you'll enjoy hearing us in action.
DO YOU WISH YOU COULD ATTEND ONE OF THESE WORKSHOPS CLOSER TO HOME? Libby and I may be able to bring them to you! If you think we can attract 8 - 12 students who would like to learn harmony singing, and someone can offer a living room, church, or community center for two or three hours, email Celia for ideas on making this a reality!
JIM MALCOLM IS COMING TO THE FREIGHT!
Jim will be performing at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley! Jim has come to the Bay Area from Scotland annually now for several years and never fails to please his audience. This year he'll be in town on Thursday, February 1, 2018. Jim is one of MY favoritesongwriter/performers, partly because of his fine humor and Scottish sensibilities, but also because his songs are well-crafted and spell-binding.
"Malcolm has one of those pure, warm folk voices (two parts Archie Fisher, one part Dick Gaughan) that one never tires of listening to." --Dirty Linen