DON’T GIVE UP; Crossroads Benefit, Dec 17th, Standing O Project
Hi Everyone, I hope you are doing okay today.
Here’s the email I got from my dad on Tuesday, November 8th at about 11pm. The subject line read “Take Heart” and the body of the email read: “We all have power as individuals! Keep on expressing that power and resilience into the future. Love you Mind. Love from Dad. 😘”
Thank you Dad! I love you too. I’m so glad you are my Dad.
As we all move forward into the holiday season, I hope we can find our own power and resilience. I hope we can all focus on making the world a little bit better for someone else during the next few months. I hope we can concentrate on listening to someone who we wouldn’t have before with a more open mind. I still believe in community, beauty and love. I still believe that we can transform difficult circumstances into wisdom. We can transform poison into medicine. Let’s do it. How are you finding hope and transformation in your life currently?
I’m looking forward to a big show next month with Otter Creek Duo and The Three Muses. This show is a benefit for Crossroads Urban Center. We’re asking for a $10 – 15 cash donation plus a donation of full-size and travel-size soap, shampoo and lotion. We’re planning to highlight songs from different holiday traditions as well as sharing our own originals. Peter and Mary and Eliza, Kjerstin and Lucy are great friends and musicians. I’m looking forward to sharing them with new people they may not have met yet.
Other shows I’ve got coming up are listed below, as well as some potential tour dates in the new year. I’m looking to fill some dates in Kansas, Missouri, Colorado and the Pacific NW. As you know…it takes a whole community to keep artists doing what they do. I always appreciate info about house concerts, festivals, library series or other gigs. If you want to support me further, check out my presence on the Standing O Project. This innovative new “fair-trade music streaming” platform elevates community, placing value on collaboration not competition. I love that. You can find my profile here. You can tip me by scrolling down the page underneath my “7 Questions” and “Tour Dates – Coming Soon” it says “Tip this Artist.” That donation would go direct to me. Be sure to check out becoming a Fan Member. Your monthly donation would support a whole cadre of artists creating original music, as well as giving you access to lots of exclusive interviews and other wonderful stuff not available anywhere else on the internets. For example: I just posted my olive oil and maple granola recipe on my profile…😉
Some musical inspiration that has been feeding me lately:
“Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. That’s how the light gets in.” From “Anthem” RIP Leonard Cohen
“We who believe in freedom cannot rest, we who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.” From “Ella’s Song” by Bernice Johnson Reagon
I wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving. I hope you find some joy and peace. I still believe in those things too.
Well hello there, Everybody…
I hope you’ve been enjoying the fall. I’ve been wearing hoodies and sweaters and wool socks and kind of loving it. How do you transition to the cooler weather and to the darkness? I start out fighting it but once I’m in, I’m in all the way. Bring on the apple cider and the big fun Thanksgiving dinner…
And a lot has happened in the last month and a half! I presented at the NEDA conference in Chicago and then attended the FAR-West Folk Alliance conference. At the NEDA conference I met amazing professionals in the Eating Disorder treatment, awareness, activism and advocacy field. At the FAR-West folk alliance conference I surprised myself by getting really into the late night showcases. I met awesome new artists from the US and Canada and reconnected with many friends. Really the best part was the ladies lair….which included Karrie Pavish Anderson and Emily Anderson(no relation, Alaskan beauties!) and Amber Ikeman from Montana. And speaking of Amber… I am putting on the first Poison Apple Medicine presents house concert on November 20th in SLC. Amber will be our featured performer. She has a wonderful spirit and story to tell. The concert will be at my tiny house in Salt Lake City. RSVP to me by clicking here.
So, I had beautiful adventure with my sweetheart up to the top of Mt. Olympus on Saturday. We climbed up there to celebrate several bits of good news! That’s one of the tallest peaks in the Wasatch Mountain range…the mountains I see out the window to the East, everyday that I am home, in Salt Lake City! We could see the whole city sprawled out from our perch almost right at the top. After a fierce scramble up the rocks at the top that left our thighs and calves aching and burning, (Mine in fact, still are…) we lost the trail on the North summit and ended up finding our own version of the top, basking in a very private sunny spot on a comfortable rock couch…
On the way down the sun sank behind the other set of mountains to the West, the Oquirrhs….and it was marvelous! (That’s the picture at the top of this message.) This hike gave me some new perspectives about where I’m at with my music and my creative pursuits – and with life. Sometimes, I’ve been struggling to keep up with it all. I’ve got my Mindy Dillard Music, folk musician/singer-songwriter/musical alchemist; my Princess Fearless act, folk music superheroine for families; and Poison Apple Medicine, new production company that produces music & art events that promote awareness of eating disorders and addictions. I’m headed to the SW (UT, CO and NM) this weekend for two weeks of shows. Plus I’ve got pretty full roster of students here in SLC. It’s a lot to keep track of. I’m close to wanting to hire some help, actually. I am grateful that everything is growing! But the truth is that things are not quite where I want them to be yet.
What I realized though, 9000 ft up there, almost on top of Mt. Olympus, is that there will always be further to go! I want to be happy with where I am every step of the way, even when my thighs and calves are burning. It’s a strange season and I know that you all have your own version of feeling overwhelmed. My wish for all of us is that we can figure out something that is great about where we are now…and why it’s almost better to be looking at the top, than to be standing on it. Maybe where we are now is good enough and it’s ok if things don’t look perfect, ever. And we’ve still got further we want to go! Yes we do! But– that’s a joyful thing because life is for living and songs are for writing and art is for making…and we never ever wanna take the verbs out of our creativity.
PS – And ALSO, please save-the-date for Saturday, December 17th. Otter Creek Duo and I had so much fun joining forces for our Mother’s Day show in May we decided to do it again! We will be collaborating on this Winter Show celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and the Winter Solstice. Peter and Mary are such fabulous people and musicians both! Please don’t miss this. More details on this event very soon…