Wednesday, December 3, 2014

“Deep in December, it's nice to remember …

“Deep in December, it's nice to remember …

…the fire of September that made us mellow. Deep in December, our hearts should remember and follow, follow.” (Try to Remember, from 1960s musical The Fantastiks)

“Every year at just this time,
In cold and dark December,
Families around the world
All gather to remember,
With presents and with parties,
With feasting and with fun,
Customs and traditions
For people old and young.”  (Helen H. Moore)

Aren’t these California rain storms wonderful? I drove up to watch the rain-swollen Walnut Creek flow out to sea with the egrets; first time we’ve had a storm this size in quite a while.

We are doing a couple of house concerts this month including our 5th Annual Holiday House Concert in the Santa Cruz Mountains with special guest musician and dear friend, Cristina Seaborn. Many of you who attended our previous concerts at Bonny Doon know that Cristina is a violinist extraordinaire, and master of several musical genres. Please write back to us if you’d like to attend and I will forward directions to the Santa Cruz (Bonny Doon) location with a phone number.

Our Bread & Roses performances this month will be a Christmas show at the VA Healthcare System in Menlo Park followed by joining up with the Bread & Roses choir at The Redwoods, a community of seniors in Mill Valley. We attended their very successful fundraiser featuring Boz Scaggs at Great American Music Hall.

Chappell and I have started booking a Southern California tour for March of next year and Pacific Northwest music dates for May 2015. If you can host a house concert in either of these areas, or know of one that we could play during those dates, please reply back via this newsletter.

Chappell’s “Wings of the Morning” painting, is the theme image for the Occidental Center for the Arts show Art as Gifts for the Holidays that opened November 7th. Bohemian Hwy Music and Books has a complete catalogue of the more than twenty images available in prints and 5 x 7 cards. The OCA Gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 4 pm and the print show and art sale continues through December 19th.

We have a lot of products available for your holiday gift shopping! If you’d like to order cards and prints or our new CD Stone & Fire directly please send a check ($17 for the CD includes $2 shipping) payable to Dave or Chappell Holt at 1335 Kenwal Rd., #A, Concord, CA 94521. You can also purchase downloads: Wings of the Morning and Stone & Fire

Dave’s book Voyages to Ancestral Islands, Poetry & Prose, is available at Amazon

Or Barnes and Noble if you prefer.

But if you’re like me, you support the Indie bookstores. Instead of giving Amazon your business, please consider buying it at Powell’s (Portland, OR).

Have a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year! We hope to see you in 2015 at our upcoming shows or just out and about town.

Chappell & Dave

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