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The Dream Journal – February 2019

Hello!

The saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather here in New England, wait five minutes — it’ll change.” That’s never so true as during February! In the last week or so, we’ve seen temperatures well below 0, and we’ve seen 55 degrees. We’ve gone from deep snow pack to bare grass to ice to bare grass again. But we are looking forward to getting on the road again and heading toward what we hope is warmer weather. Though we have to admit, 55 degrees was pretty nice!

Before we hit the road, we’re headed over the hill on Saturday, February 16th to the Acworth, NH Town Hall for a fundraising event for the Acworth Village Store. The store has been in continuous operation for 150 years, but funds are tight at the store this winter. From 4-11pm, there will a silent auction, a potluck dinner, and music. We will be opening the event at 4pm. Come out to support this great community treasure, and help keep it operating for another 150 years!

The following week, we’re off to a new venue run by a familiar person. We were so disappointed when Robert Harper Books in RiverdalePark, MD closed its doors a while back, as it was a wonderfully quirky bookstore with a great vibe, and we had a ton of fun playing there. Now Robert has opened My Dead Aunt’s Books inside the Tanglewood Works in Hyattsville, MD, and he’s opening its doors to music. We’ll play there on Friday, February 22nd at 7:30pm, splitting the evening with Paint Branch Creek, a DC area Americana quintet. Looking forward to seeing the new shop!

While we’re out on the road, our friend Beth DeSombre is guest hosting the Serendipity Songwriter Showcase at the Serendipity Cafe in Maynard, MA on Wednesday, February 13th. Beth’s guest songwriters this month are Sean Ryder and Tammy Jann. The topic, as chosen by December’s audience, is “She’ll never say“. This month’s songwriters, including Beth, are all participating in February Album Writing Month (FAWM), where theyeach write 14 new songs in 28 days, so you are likely to hear a lot brand new songs this evening! Stop in, listen to some incredibly new original songs, eat tasty food, and help choose the song topic for March’s songwriters.

We’re excited that Dan’s song, Sleepy Town, has won fourth place in the American Songwriter Magazine’s March/April lyric contest! You can find all the winners and their lyrics here. And congratulations to our friend Dan Tappan, who received an Honorable Mention for his song, Thought I Knew.

A woman was born in Minnesota in 1890, and died in Florida at the age of 108. She was a journalist, an author, an environmentalist, and an activist. She’s credited with saving the Everglades from development. Her name was Marjory Stoneman Douglas. One year ago, at the Parkland, FL high school named in her honor, a gunman killed 17 students and staff members, and wounded 17 others. The survivors follow in Mrs. Douglas’ footsteps. Dan’s song, Footsteps, honors their activism.Please listen.

Our CDs Seeking and Simple Grace are available from us at our shows, on our website, or you can find them at CD Baby, iTunes and most other online music stores.

As always, you can find additional schedule information on our website, https://www.danandfaith.com. For more frequent news updates and information, check out our Facebook fan page and follow us on Twitter (@danandfaith).

Best way to show your valentine you love them is to take them out to hear live local music!

Dan & Faith
 




The Dream Journal – January 2019

Hello!

Happy new year! We hope that your new year started on a positive note. We started our new year with homemade blueberry pancakes, topped with local maple syrup. Anything that starts with homemade pancakes has to be good, right?

We’re starting off our musical new year on Thursday, January 3rd with a trip to the folk open mike at Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham, MA, hosted by Dan Cloutier. We haven’t been to Amazing Things in a while, and we’ve missed all the great hooligans at the open mike! We’re happy to be back featuring at this welcoming place. Doors open at 7pm, music starts at 7:30. Come listen, come play!

Lots of new venues on our plate this month! On Thursday, January 17th, we’re headed just down the road to Bellows Falls, VT for Third Thursdays at Stage 33 Live. Stage 33 Live describes themselves as “the homegrown love child of Tiny Desk Concerts, Ted Talks, Science Friday, Midnight Special, and The Little Rascals.” Sounds cool already! There are short sets by other musicians starting at 6pm, and we go on around 7pm. Sounds like there may still be openings for the short sets; contact stage33@stage33live.com if you’d like to play.

We’re off to another new location for us on Saturday, January 19th, when we play at Thayers Inn in Littleton, NH. This iconic inn has hosted 5 former US presidents, innumerable politicians, celebrities and other dignitaries. We’ll be playing in the Olde English Pub 6:30-9pm. Come enjoy a meal, a pint, and a bit of music!

The Hearing Room in Lowell, MA is not a new location for us, but it is a favorite. We’ll be featuring at the Sunday, January 27th open mike, hosted by Aaron Tornberg, starting at 2pm. The Hearing Room is a funky arts venue with a great vibe and the most amazing juke box!

One last date for the month, and one more new venue. Gusto’s Bar in Barre, VT hosts acoustic music every Thursday and Friday night. We’ll be playing there on Thursday, January 31st from 5-7pm. Come check out their menu, and we’ll play for you.

We are pleased to note that Faith’s song, Come Again Another Day, won an Honorable Mention for the January/February American Songwriter Lyric Contest! The judges include some fairly big names in the songwriting world, and the other songwriters recognized come from across the US and around the world.The song will be featured on our next album, coming sometime in 2019.

Now that we’re past the holiday season and coming into full-blown winter here in New Hampshire, we often get folks asking us why we live here and not someplace warmer. Usually the folks asking are the sorts of folks who much prefer warmer winters than we have around here. Dan decided to answer that question with his song, Sweet New England. Enjoy!

Our CDs Seeking and Simple Grace are available from us at our shows, on our website, or you can find them at CD Baby, iTunes and most other online music stores.

As always, you can find additional schedule information on our website, https://www.danandfaith.com. For more frequent news updates and information, check out our Facebook fan page and follow us on Twitter (@danandfaith).

In this new year, a great resolution would be to find and support live local music wherever you find it.

Dan & Faith


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