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I know that you join me in sending your thoughts, prayers, and support to Boston, after the unthinkable happened at the Marathon in April. Having spent many Patriots’ Days celebrating on Boylston Street, and having lived and worked in Cambridge for so many years, I hold tight to the message in the words, “Boston Strong.”
Here’s where you can find us over the coming days and weeks:
Wed., May 8...Ashland Coffee & Tea, Homegrown Wednesday, 7:00, 798-1702, 100 N. Railroad Ave., Ashland, $5, solo. The rain should be behind us, and nothing gets us closer to the weekend than a lovely night out on a Wednesday, to hear some live music at the best listening room for miles and miles. It won’t be a late night, so you will still be fresh for Thursday morning.
Fri., May 10...private event, honoring our Virginia State Troopers who have fallen in the line of duty.
Sat., May 11...Or Ami Concert, Fundraiser for Foster Care Kits, 7:30 p.m., 9400 Huguenot Road, 272-0017, duo, $15. This is another great opportunity to enjoy an evening of music while supporting a great cause—proceeds from the concert go to Congregation Or Ami’s efforts to create these foster-care kits, which provide comfort to children who are suddenly pulled from their homes due to domestic violence, neglect, or other serious issues. Such displacement can happen at any time, day or night, and the backpacks include items to help comfort kids. Thanks to Or Ami for supporting such an important social action effort. You’ll find snacks and a cash bar at the event; if you pay with PayPal, your first drink is included in your ticket price. You can pay at the door, call the number above for click here to pay via PayPal. https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=MTpyPzYTFjUcx6cbOR_d3u1k9MLfLtQmYn5FVl1x51pJYUly1Glr2qCQQB4&dispatch=50a222a57771920b6a3d7b606239e4d529b525e0b7e69bf0224adecfb0124e9b61f737ba21b0819829f096b770b8e1a3a7c4e4e809c58ebc
Thurs., May 16...Music Makers Exchange, Gallery5, 200 W. Marshall St., 23220, 5:30 happy hour, music starts at 7, free, but donations are encouraged. This is a cool new series that the amazing Marna Bales and the amazing Eileen Edmonds are putting together. Songwriters will discuss the process of songwriting, tell stories behind the songs, and perform said songs—sometimes even together. We’ll be part of the inaugural Music Makers Exchange. Also on the bill that night is My Darling Fury, about which I know absolutely nothing, but I’m really looking forward to hearing them and even collaborating with them. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/184921484991095/?fref=ts for more info.
Sat., May 18...Rassawek Vineyards, Spring Jubilee, Wine and Heritage Festival, we play 3:30-5 (but the festival runs all day Saturday and Sunday), Route 6, 6276 River Road West, Goochland County (officially, Columbia, VA, 23038), general admission is $10. Wine-tasting tickets $20 in advance, $25 day of; couples’ wine-tasting $35 in advance, $40 day of. This family-friendly two-in-one festival is on a beautiful vineyard overlooking the historic James River corridor—less than an hour from Richmond or Charlottesville. In addition to the wine festival (which features the fruits of nine VA wineries), the history of the area is on display; ride on the steam train through the vineyard, listen to live music, check out antique cars, explore a very special tree house, visit with the 4-H animals, sample local produce and baked goods, and so much more. Sat., 10-6, Sun., 11-5, rain or shine. This will be a beautiful weekend, and we look forward to sharing it with you.
Sun., May 19...private party. If you are planning a party, or your business is planning a party or event, and live music might be just the thing to tie the event together, let me know; I have the format you need (whatever it is that you need!), and I’ll work with you to make the budget happy.
Wed., May 22...private event.
Sat., May 25...Ashland Coffee & Tea, 8 p.m., 798-1702, 100 N. Railroad Ave., full band, $12. We’re sticking around for Memorial Day weekend, so if you’re sticking around, too, join us for a night of music. And if you have friends in town for the holiday, bring them to Ashland for a lovely dinner and a chance to show off this world-class listening room that is right in the middle of the center of the universe and just a short ride up the road from Richmond.
Wed., May 29...private event.
Fri., May 31...private event.
Sat., June 1...private event.
Wed., June 5...Ashland Coffee & Tea, Homegrown Wednesday, 798-1702, solo, $5. This will be the anniversary of the very first Homegrown Wednesday at Ashland Coffee & Tea—a night to remember, when lightning hit the building and took out the power, and several inches of water fell in less than an hour, flooding the club and my car outside. I know we will have much better weather this year, as we have every year since the great Ashland flash flood.
Sat., June 8...Dynamic Duos, with BJ Kocen, Glave-Kocen Gallery; this will be a really exciting and fun event, with my wonderful friend Beeg. I am so glad he and his amazing wife Jennifer Glave have opened up their exquisite gallery to more music, and I’m really looking forward to this very special collaboration! More as the date approaches.
Do you, or does someone you love, spend a lot of time tapping out rhythms on the table, on a coffee mug, in the air (air drums are so cool), or on any flat or bumpy surface? Maybe drum lessons are the answer to rhythm beating inside! Chris Parker, the drummer in my band and also my wonderful husband, has been teaching drums and percussion for over 12 years and has students of all ages and abilities. Lessons are at a fine arts academy housed in a West End church. Visit http://www.chrisparkerdrumteacher.com if you’re interested or know someone who might be; Chris will really appreciate it! Drum lessons make a great gift, for graduation or for Mother’s and Father’s Day!
Our CD, “This Life,” continues to get wonderful reviews and airplay across the country, and I’ll put a few links here. We are so excited that you can direct your friends to iTunes or Amazon.com to buy the disc! Of course, you can also purchase physical copies at our shows and see for yourself what a lot of makeup, a good hair straightener, and excellent photographers can do to transform a shrimpy, plain Jewish girl into, well, someone who might be mistaken for tall.
Here are those links to a few reviews of “This Life,”: http://cdhotlist.btol.com/cddetail.cfm?yy=2012&mm=4 (scroll down); http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/155849-susan-greenbaum-this-life/ ; http://www.roughstock.com/reviews/susan-greenbaum-this-life . You can also write your own reviews at Amazon and iTunes, if you’re so inclined.
I’m tickled to tell you that I have reached my “friends” limit on my personal Facebook page! What would really be great is if you could “like” my music page; I always have posts there about shows and other things important and not-so-important. Just go to https://www.facebook.com/susangreenbaummusic and click on “Like.” I’m sure you know the drill; it’s really easy! This is how Mark Zuckerberg became a billionaire in his 20s; he recognized that we all just want to have friends, and we all just want to be liked. Pretty simple formula, really. Now why didn’t we think of that and also have mastery of computer code and other technical stuff? Well, you’re already my friends, and I already like you, with or without Facebook!
Be good to yourselves, and be good to each other. Every day, every hour, we receive a gift with every breath. And we never know what the next hour or day will bring. So make the most of the one you’re in now. I’ll do my best to do the same.
Thank you again and again for all of your amazing support as I travel this bumpy road in the wacky and challenging music business. It’s literally support that you provide to me—by showing up at our performances, purchasing our music, telling others about us, sending thoughtful emails and sharing inspiring words at shows, just being aware that I exist as a signer-songwriter. So many incremental steps along this road have been subtle in their importance, but add them all up, and here I am: Signed to a very respected and impressive label, sharing my FIFTH recording with you and perhaps many who had never heard of me. The best way I can thank you is to remain true to you as a writer and performer and to never forget how it is that I enjoy a wonderful career as a singer-songwriter. How is it? It is because of everything you do for me. I will always do all I can to be worthy of your support and kindness.
I love singing for my friends, and you are all my friends. If you want to say hi at a show, I really hope you will! I love what I do, and I just want to make people happy with my music. I’ll keep doing my best to get positive performance reviews from all of my bosses-—because you’re my friends and my bosses. Thank you so much for all the support you give me, week to week, month to month, and year to year. I can’t wait to share my new music-—and old music—-with you!
Thank you so much for coming out to hear us play!!