"Yurt, Sweet Yurt" - Photo, and sentiment, by Eric Williams
Happy Winter, friends!
What I'm learning about yurt life is this - The central component, indeed the key element to happiness, actually, better put, the PRIORITY relationship in your life is the wood burning stove. You have to think ahead to please her, learn to coax the crackle and snap of seething warmth from her lungs by a delicate series of intricate steps, pleas, seductions, and prayers.
If she's not happy, nobody's happy. And that's the goddamn truth.
But I've got the rythym now, and I must confess I'm very happy.
It's been snowing since I arrived, and that's a charming contrast to the 70 degree weather of southern New Mexico, where the "central components" of my life for the last two months had been a cup of tea in the sunroom, a bicycle and a light shawl.
For once my mind is in the same place as my body, and time is passing smoothly. It's as though someone had cranked and oiled the seconds.
I was making soup in the kitchen one evening while the long light of the short day lay like chicken broth on the wooded lot next door, and it seeped in from the windows, and it spilled upon the floor in golden rods and lines. A car drove by. I chopped an onion, crying.
And for once I wasn't crying from the onion.
It's just that simple things please me.
I'm headed to Denver in a few days to play two shows, and then to the east coast for the briefest of visits before I board the plane to South America again. I've been spending a lot of time planning out tours for April and June, too.
The rythym I've found is movement, and I'm just beginning my spinning. I'm not sure where or how I'll land. I don't mind the ambiguity, but maybe I'll see you somewhere in the journey.
You can find me on February 15th in Coal Creek Canyon for a Valentines Weekend themed show. My brother will be opening the evening with his instrumental duo project that he calls "More Than Physics." I'm really looking forward to hearing his set. Brodie Kinder will join me for some new duets, including some really classic old country songs I learned down in New Mexico.
February 21st Brodie and I will perform at the Mercury Cafe in downtown Denver. This time Brodie will open the show with some of his new original songs. As for myself, I'm looking forward to playing a tune or two on the piano - I've been squirreling away hours remembering content from childhood piano lessons. It's great fun.
If you're East Coast based, catch Dave Kaye and I giving a guest set at Walrus & Carpenter on Wed, February 26th. Our friends Meradith DiMenna and John Torres present a great weekly series there featuring music written before the 1960s. I think they call it their "Prohibition Night." :)
See you soon!
P.S. My friends at the Paradise Theater in Paonia, CO are in a pickle. They've launched a Kickstarter. Please support them! I love this theater.
Bird on a Wire sung by Gabrielle Louise, with Dave Kaye