Well if I am going to get a January newsletter out, it is now or never. I have been packing and moving out of my place in
El Cerrito. Ugh!! One more trip to haul stuff and I am done,
and I can focus on discovering the music scene from my perch in Graton. Sonoma County
I attended two songwriting workshops the first half of January, and I have a lot of music to tell you about. The first was the Listening Room International Songwriter Retreat, held in the
Santa Cruz mountains. Brett Perkins runs these retreats, no
songwriting slouch himself; and he has a new partnership, Michaut/Perkins with some
fine new songs. Here is one.
This was my second year at the retreat, and it was again excellent. There were sixteen of us, about a third from
My writing partner on the second day was
Lisen Elwin and we wrote two songs
together. I don't have recordings of
them yet to share, but here
is a video of Lisen with her Stockholm band -- rock on!!
Other folks I wrote with include Dennis Russell, Midyne Spear and Mette
Halling. Mette's website has some
nice pictures of the retreat to give you an idea of the group. What a pleasure to share time and music with
these talented folks !!
The second gathering I attended, Wintersong, was quite different. It was much larger, about sixty five folks, and had workshops on voice, writing, and creativity. Penny Nichols runs the camp and teaches, and I got some great input on vocal technique from her. And of course, I heard a lot of fine music. I wish I could put up links to everyone, but here are a very few to tantalize: Susan Reeves, Ed Tree, Tom Kimmel, Nina Jo Smith & Penny Nichols, Rachel Garlin, and Dale LaDuke.
Coming up in February, I am looking forward to playing in SF at the Bazaar Cafe on Friday the 6th with Valerie Jay and Michael Hanna. Born Lucky (Michael and I) will be at the Kensington Farmers Market on Sunday the 21st. At the end of the month, I will be at the Old Western Saloon in Pt. Reyes Station, opening for and then playing fiddle with Trevor McSpadden and his band. Trevor is real deal country singer (watch) and a road veteran, and I am honored to be part of his show. More into and dates on my website -- www.royzat.com -- of course.
Hope your 2016 is off to a great start too. Always love to hear what you are up to.