Sunday, December 27, 2009


in the hush
i want to lean
into you
sacred things
in supine repose
so many voices
i still whisper

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Highlight of my Year......

...was meeting Jean Ritchie at this year's Appalachian Festival. She was the Capstone Performer and the day's events ended with a performance by her in the historic Palace Theatre. I was so giddy with excitement that I blushed and giggled like a schoolgirl when I was talking to her. She's MY American Idol.

Born in Viper, KY, Jean Ritchie was really the first person to introduce the mountain dulcimer to the world outside of the Appalachian Mountains. She left Eastern Kentucky in the 1940's to do social work in New York, and she brought her dulcimer and old family songs with her. Many of the songs I sing are her versions, and a lot were actually written by her.

I was so moved during the performance, as were most people. Jean is now in her 80's, and although her voice falters, she still has a pure, unadulterated voice that is unmatched, as she grew up without any of the outside influences that today's traditional musicians have. I will treasure the experience.....

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Finding Common Ground....

This past Sunday, I gathered with friends and spent the afternoon getting this 405 acre farm in Western Maryland ready for the first annual Common Ground on Martins Mountain Festival:

My friend and former neighbor, Jon Felton, is the brain child for this music festival. It will bring musicians together from a four state region, and it will also have an environmental-sustainability emphasis that focuses on regional issues.

We all brought hammers and gloves and worked through the afternoon cleaning and preparing the Coffeehouse/Music Barn:

and building the music stage for the Ruckus Tent (the bands playing on this one will live up to the name!)

There will be workshops all weekend on topics from gardening to wild edibles. We also lined up a speaker to do presentations on Mountaintop Removal mining and we will be doing some direct actions from the festival site, such as calling our representatives and petitioning.

It looks to be a fun, all ages festival with great music and comraderie. I'll be playing a set in the Coffeehouse barn and there will be a very eclectic line-up of musicians under the Ruckus Tent including Jon's band 'Soulmobile Eternal', and another local friend's band, 'The Christmas Lights'. A sample of their fun ruckus HERE and HERE.

(as a side note, i posted below about setting my blog to private. those who have contacted me need to send me an e-mail because i have to put in your e-mail address to send you an invitation to read. there is an e-mail link in my profile. i'm still trying to figure out how to do it! thanks.... )

Monday, May 18, 2009

Swan Song...

if i were wild and free,
i'd dance joyfully....
the moonlight my company.

if i were wild and free,
i'd sigh contentedly...
your weight above me,
the earth sinking beneath.

these words you say to me...
somehow they hold the key,
to these chains that bind me.

so whisper them sweetly,
and i'll close my eyes and dream
of the day when we will be....

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Free Flowing...

i was peaceful before i met you,
but i wasn't smiling.... or laughing.
i wasn't lonely before i met you,
but i wasn't hopeful, either.
i thought i heard a sound when you came around...
but maybe i was just hearing things,
like when you are expecting someone
and your ears are extra alert to every noise...
you think you hear a car pull in or a door close shut,
but no one's really there.
i want you here.... and i don't.
it's too much and it's too little.
they say the journey to joy and sorrow follow the same road.
i thought I was choosing joy.
now I'm unsure of the destination....

i guess all we can do is walk.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A West Virginia hoe-down and a little nepotism....

We know how to have a good time in Appalachia. I was caught on tape recently flat-footing at the Cd Release party for my friends, The Fox Hunt. If you love traditional music, you'll love their new album. It can be ordered here.

I miss all of you and hope to be posting again soon!

With Love.... Blue