Vi and I have been hard at work and have finally sent our newest recording off to the manufacturer this week!Not My Monkey features our original tune (by the same name), John Denver’s Matthew, Aura Lea (written in 1861 by a relative of Vi’s Grandm…
Steve Eulberg on Tour
Here are views from our studio work, preparing and recording for our new Fiddle Whamdiddle CD:Hammered Dulcimer Studio Collage ((photo: Steve Eulberg)Latin Grammy-Winning Engineer, Oscar Autie (photo: Steve Eulberg)El Cerrito and hammered dulcimer…
Musicians say, “There are great gigs and then there are great stories.”
And then there are some gigs which are full of great stories!
This benefit concert for Faith Action Network (FAN) in Seattle, hosted by Ballard First Lutheran Church in July was a great gig that was full of stories.
A benefit for F.A.N. with amazing “fan” stories, that is:
1) I had finished the first set and was standing in the reception hall where the goodies and cold drinks were being served when a woman walks up to me and says,
“You haven’t seen me in 37 years. My name is Cheryl Cooper-Kohring, and I used to be a member of your church in Pemberville, Ohio, and was a good friend of your mother’s.”
Me: “Wow!” (in amazing recognition!) “We sang a duet together on Christmas Eve one year.”
She: “Wow! I can’t believe you remember that!”….
And the stories and conversations continued as we unraveled the tales of where both of us have been in the intervening years, after the loss of her first husband to an accident, she found the new life and love which produced her now-grown children in Seattle, where she has lived more than 30 years.
She continued: “When I saw the flyer publicizing the concert, and read your name, I said to myself, ‘That has to be the same guy’ and so I “googled’ you and sure enough, you are! So I just had to come tonight.
I just live around the corner and I often go into Dusty Strings and think that I need to play a dulcimer.
2) A second woman, visiting Seattle from Argentina, transfixed by the mountain sound, wanted to know how she could get a mountain dulcimer and learn to play it in her home country when she returns. (I remember that longing well!)
3) A third woman said that she is a member of the church that my good friend Jeff Lilley pastors in Honolulu. (I had begun the concert, as I often to, with the song and story “a ship may be safe” which Jeff and I finished writing after our maiden voyage on his handmade sailing boat on Thanksgiving Eve in Kansas several years ago.) She lives part time in Honolulu and part-time in Seattle.
4) A fourth woman brought me greetings from a fellow song-writing retreat participant from the Grünewald Guild. It turns out that she is the one who encouraged her friend, Diane from Kent, Washington to attend that retreat. My daughter, employed by the host congregation in Seattle, is the one who invited me to attend that gathering! This particular longitude and latitude brought people from opposite areas together in a third location to begin a friendship!
COMING UP: Sept 8-11, 2016 Space is limited, sign up early!
I am honored to be leading this Musicianship & Creativity retreat (with the exciting cooperation of visual artist, Sarah Jane) at the Grünewald Guild in Leavenworth, Washington next month and would love to have you join us!
There is limited space available (only 12-count’em, twelve),
AND, if you sign up by August 15th, you get a discount! (Is that cool or what?)
What is this about?
Often we have scouted the terrain and have the well dug and the pump installed but nothing is being brought up to the surface.
Or, we can recall the excitement of the gusher days when all the cool, refreshing underground well-water came pouring forth freely, but these days the pump cranks and cranks and nothing is coming.
And we can feel fear and the encroaching doubts of our clinical interior critics pointing out our failures and nagging us with reasons why we do not deserve to be creating at all.
Or we are just anxious to find our audience, the thirsty seekers of what flows from our fountains.
Sometimes we need to focus our attention on Priming the Pump which in this retreat we will do by exploring some different, hands-on art forms to uncover the fruits of this cross-pollination for our own musicianship.
Start your Fall Season off by Priming your Pump in this focused, intentional setting!
I’d love to be able to share this experience with you in this marvelous setting.
Here are some of my photos from the gathering in March & April.
|While she plays my soul is filled|
|The fallen stump sprouts new growth…|
|Perfect outdoor office!|
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