Well, summer is ending…did that feel fast to you? The fall equinox is on September 22nd. It’s beginning to feel like fall here in Salt Lake City. We’re having cooler mornings and evenings and the leaves in the canyons are starting to change colors.
I returned to Salt Lake City two weeks ago after my ‘Finding Clarity’ Pacific Northwest tour and Idaho songwriting retreat. It was an intense trip with great moments. In Hillsboro, OR, I taught a performance workshop at Influence Music Hall. I met amazing people who took risks to become better performers. I was also honored to perform at two wonderful house concerts that were organized by first time hosts! You know you who are, thank you. ♡
After doing 8 events in 9 days in the Pacific NW, I landed in Stanley, ID on the Salmon River at the base of the Sawtooth Mountain Range. I was invited to take part in a group songwriting retreat at a remote lodge outside the town of Stanley. All 9 of us hunkered down for 5 days to work on our writing. The only programmed events were dinner (we took turns cooking) and an evening song circle. I made some rules for myself. I would write 5 songs while I was there. (They didn’t have to be good, just song starts.) I would also disconnect from my phone and the internet. I would not check email or texts the whole week. It felt very strange, but I succeeded in following my rules, in fact, I got 6 song starts. We’ll see what happens with those…I also got to see salmon spawning (so inspiring…thank you Tom!) and I hiked 11 miles to Sawtooth Lake one day with my friend Ed, hence the picture above. That picture is actually of Alpine Lake which we passed on the way to Sawtooth Lake. Sawtooth Lake is pictured up at the top of this e-mail behind the red plants!
Without the distraction of my e-mails and my loved ones….my shadows came into full view. I’m talking about the hard things from my past that I haven’t fully shared or explored through my writing. I love that Emily Dickinson quote, “Tell the truth, but tell it slant,” but I sometimes I think it’s necessary to tell the truth, un-slanted. Our world needs the truth from us now. Mary Gauthier, a songwriter I met in Texas at Kerrville said, “I want you to tell me the truth and I don’t want you to do it in metaphor, either.” I want to go deeper and write about the hard things that have happened to me. I don’t know if this writing will ever be anything I share, but I have to do it. What would it mean to tell the whole truth in your own life?
What’s coming up:
Princess Fearless show with Craig playing upright bass at the Kings’ English, playing at the Escalante Canyons Arts Festival, Presenting at the NEDA conference in Chicago, a gig at the Two-Way Street Coffeehouse in Downers’ Grove (close to Chicago) and then a show on Saturday, October 8th back in SLC at the Acoustic Space with Elizabeth Hareza and Alicia Stockman. After that it’s off to FAR-West that strange and magical world where folk singers bare their truths until 4am in medium fancy hotel rooms…I’ll travel there and back with my good friend and colleague, Amber Ikeman. I’ll be doing house concerts in Bozeman and Bremerton, before and after the conference, respectively, as well as some kids library shows in Bozeman. More details available below and on my website at www.mindydillard.com/shows
I’m hoping to see you out there, soon. Tell more of the truth. I dare you.
PS – Here is a picture of Craig and I dipping our toes in the pink waters of the Great Salt Lake. We visited an insane, unearthly spot called “The Spiral Jetty” this weekend.
PPS – Did I find ‘clarity’ on my Pacific NW summer tour?…no, I found questions. But ‘finding clarity’ wasn’t really the point…