The Dream Journal – January 2023

Hello, and Happy New Year!

We’ve started the new year with several days of unseasonably warm temperatures after several days of unseasonably cold temperatures the end of last year. We’re on quite the roller coaster here! Our 18-20” of snow from mid-December is pretty much gone, and we have lots and lots of mud. But it’s nice to not be bundled up to go out. We’re sure the weather will moderate toward something more seasonable soon. As the saying goes, if you don’t like the weather in New England, wait five minutes, and it will change. New years are supposed to be about change, after all.

There’s a new coffeehouse starting up at the Town Hall in Francestown, NH (2 New Boston Road), run by the folks who used to run the Open Door. The Francestown Academy Coffeehouse is kicking off this month, and we’ll be playing there this Saturday, January 7th. The evening starts with several 15 minute sets (including us), and then a featured 30 minute act, Off The Cuff. The music runs 7-9:30pm.  Bring your own coffee mug and kazoo! Suggested donation of $5 at the door.  For your GPS or mapping software, use the actual 2 New Boston Road address, not “Francestown Town Hall”, as that may take you to the wrong municipal building).

Our next Midweek Song Swap features Annie & Rod Capps from Chelsea, MI on Wednesday, January 11th. Genuine and playful, effortless and endearing, this duo has been enchanting audiences in quality music venues, house concerts, coffeehouses and festivals throughout their home state of Michigan and beyond. We’ll be swapping songs with them online starting at 7:30pm Eastern (00:30 UTC) on our Facebook and YouTube channels.

We’re off to the East Lyme Public Library in Niantic, CT (yes, despite its name, it’s actually in Niantic) on Tuesday, January 17th. The library is part of the East Lyme Community Center/Library complex, and looks very cool! We’ll play a 1 hour set starting at 7pm. Advance program registration is required; click here to register.

Our second Midweek Song Swap this month, on Wednesday, January 25th, finds us swapping songs with Charlie Mosbrook from Cleveland, OH. A lifelong entertainer, Charlie engages audiences with songs old and new, storytelling, humor, and an honest appreciation for the time shared. His performances are built on informing, entertaining, inspiring, and celebrating all that we are and can be. The swapping begins online at 7:30pm Eastern (00:30 UTC) on our Facebook and YouTube channels.

If you missed our Midweek Song Swap with Friction Farm back in December, you can still watch it here on YouTube.  We had a great show with Aidan and Christine!

Our albums Then and Now, Seeking, and Simple Grace are available from us on our website, through Bandcamp, or you can find them at iTunes and most other online music stores. Our music is also available streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.

As always, you can find additional schedule information on our website. For additional content and stories from the road, follow us on Patreon. For more frequent news updates and information, check out our Facebook fan page and follow us on Twitter (@danandfaith).

We wish you a happy, healthy, peaceful, and musical new year!

Dan & Faith

Celebrate Solstice Tonight

The winter solstice has been celebrated and noted as the turning of the year and the return of the light as long as humans have roamed the earth. There are stories from ancient times about it. Holidays of some of the world’s major religions are timed to be near the solstice.

Chase away darkness, join in our song
Hand in hand, our voices are strong
Chase away darkness, sing to the sky
Celebrate solstice tonight

We originally wrote this song for a live show on WICN radio hosted by Nick Noble. He invites artists to come play in the holiday show, but at least one of the songs presented must be a holiday song. Since we didn’t have one in our repertoire, this is what we wrote.

Please enjoy the video, and sing along!

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