Hello, (End of) September!
I have a little boy now and he has some tiny blue pants with a green star on the butt. We love him soooo much. Craig and I can’t wait to explore the world with him. We’ll be taking him on our first family tour adventure to New Mexico in early November. I can’t wait for him to see the red rocks.
Since baby Cy arrived I’ve become obsessed with different kinds of baby carriers and wraps. I love the blue ring sling my friend Adrianna loaned me. I can’t wait until Cyrus gets big enough for me to put him on my back. Then I’ll be able to play banjo with my front at the same time.
You know, having a little baby around is helping me prioritize my time better and worry less about what other people think. Cyrus is helping me learn that it’s really ok to not be perfect. This is something I’ve been trying to learn for a long time. It’s a tough lesson but a good one. After all, he doesn’t care if I’m perfect. He just needs to be loved, cuddled and fed. And the best thing ever? He’s started to smile…
The *reprise* Songwriters in the Round show with Tara Shupe and Bronwen Beecher is tomorrow! Those two women are strong and powerful and they push me to be a better musician and songwriter. Our theme for this show is “unruly peace found on a road, wild with fallen branches and stones.” I love it.
Scroll to the bottom of this message to see where else I’m playing music soon. More musical projects and projects of all kinds to come…
Keep walking down that road, searching for your unruly peace. That’s what I’m doing. Hope to see you soon.
PS: If you want more baby pics, check out my instagram @mindydillard. That’s where they all are.
CYRUS (CY) WARREN DILLARD-ENGLAND was born like a thunderbolt on August 9th at 11:23am. It was a lightning fast labor and birth!
He’s named after his great great grandpa Cyrus Bell Dillard who was the patriarch of a family with 12 kids. They lived in the Ozarks in Arkansas. My grandpa Chet (my dad Chuck Dillard’s dad) was one of those kids. His middle name is Warren, that’s Craig’s middle name and his Craig’s dad’s middle name, and his Grandpa Warren’s first name. “Cyrus” means “far-sighted” and “Warren” means “protector.” So Cy is our “far-seeing protector.” I like to think of it as “protector of the future.”
He’s now 11 days old. Craig and I are enjoying getting to know him. All I want to do is stare at him all day. He looks at me with big eyes when I play music and sing. He knows my voice, banjo, guitar and ukulele from his time in the womb. He loves eating, sleeping and pooping. I love it when he smiles wide when he’s asleep. He is wonderful!
I’ll write you in September with another musical travelogue. I’m looking forward to new musical adventures this fall. To see my fall shows check out my website at: www.mindydillard.com
Enjoy the Eclipse!
Mindy, Craig and Cyrus
Hello Late July,
I’ve been wondering if I’d make it to sending you this note. Looks like I did. I had hoped if I procrastinated it long enough, I’d be writing it with the new little one snuggled against my chest. My mom gave birth to me 3 weeks early and so I was hoping that would be the way that Craig and I’s little revolutionary would come into the world. But now, we’re getting close to our due date, so it seems that won’t be our luck. However…labor could begin at anytime…
We’re looking forward to welcoming this child into a vibrant and creative household! I hope the little revolutionary wants to learn to play the cajon sooner rather than later. Baby definitely seems to have good rhythm if the rocks and rolls inside my belly have anything to do with that.
I’ve been grappling with my transition into Mama Musicianhood. This kid came into our lives in a totally unplanned and unexpected way. This child has definitely already beaten the odds. I had the urge to keep this development a secret for a long time. How will I balance a child into my career of touring, performing and teaching? Will people offer me less gigs because they’ll assume what will or won’t work for me because I’m now a mama? I’ve done lots of thinking, writing and crying about this over these last 9 months. I am now determined to use this development to my advantage. And I know that I’ll be a BETTER mother to the little revolutionary if I CONTINUE to be a musician and songwriter. I am honored that I get to bring a new human into the world. It’s truly magical! There is a divine gift coming to fruition inside my body and I am so grateful.
As you read this, I am probably on my hands and knees scrubbing our bamboo floors (unless I’m in labor). Oh yeah baby, you did turn on my nesting instinct…I’ve been decorating our house for you. We’ve now got four different places for you to sleep. We’ve been given quite a few newborn onesies, one covered in dinosaurs, one in dogs and one that was hand-painted by our wedding photographer. Along with the floors, I’m hoping to clean out my dresser and make some buttery oatmeal cookies before you arrive. And hopefully, I’ll get to writing a new song…
For the next few months, I’ll be birthing this baby and learning to be a musician mama. My income as an artist is integral to my families household expenses. What I make as a touring songwriter, performer and teaching artist is comparable to what my partner Craig makes at his full-time salaried position. So for at least the first couple of months our income will be less while our expenses will be more. Click the button below to visit the online registry Craig and I made on Babylist. There’s something called “Parental Leave” that’s listed third down on the page after the Ramones onesie and the postpartum kit. You can make a donation there if you want. I truly appreciate my community, which stretches far and wide! Your contribution to my maternity sabbatical will help me continue to make music and teach while I also learn to be a musician mama.
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I’m grateful for the chance to reach out before baby comes! I’ve met many wonderful new folks this summer during my June tours to Montana and Colorado, and at shows here at home in Salt Lake City. For some people new to my email list, this is the first musical travelogue you’ve received. Apologies for it’s late arrival. Last week of July. I think it’s the latest in the month I’ve EVER sent it… oh well… let’s hope baby doesn’t follow suit…
I’ll let you know when Baby Dillard-England (we’re going to be surprised by the gender) joins us in the world. Scroll down to preview my next batch of performances in Utah and New Mexico. We’re planning to bring the little wild one in the baby wrap (and the car seat). Hey baby? I love you already and I’m finally getting ready for you. I hope you come out soon.
Best wishes for whatever it is that you are birthing this summer… we are always birthing something.
By Mary Oliver
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies
and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting
— over and over
announcing your place in the family of things.
Photo Credit: The AMAZING Margie Isabelle… our wedding photographer 🙂
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9/30/17 – SALT LAKE CITY, UT *REPRISE CONCERT* Songwriters in the Round with Bronwen Beecher & Tara Shupe – Holladay United Church of Christ – 7pm
10/1/17 – SALT LAKE CITY, UT Mindy Dillard at the Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living – 9:30am & 11am
10/7/17 – SALT LAKE CITY, UT Music with Friends Family Demo Class with Beth Hardy – SLC Prenatal Massage – 11am
10/14/17 – SALT LAKE CITY, UT Princess Fearless at the Marmalade Library presented by The Mundi Project – 3pm
10/15/17 – SALT LAKE CITY, UT Mindy Dillard at Unity Salt Lake – 11am
11/3/17 – 11/13/17 MOAB, ALBUQUERQUE Fall Tour TBA
12/2/17 – SALT LAKE CITY, UT Music with Friends Family Demo Class with Beth Hardy – SLC Prenatal Massage – 11am
12/16/17 – SALT LAKE CITY, UT Mindy Dillard and Otter Creek Duo Christmas Concert TBA
Especially in the midst of these strange times, it’s comforting to hang out with people I love around the holidays. Family celebrations and candlelit renditions of “Silent Night” are something I enjoy every year. I also love how my family makes crepes and mimosas on Christmas morning. What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
This coming Saturday I’m excited to collaborate with my friends Mary and Peter Danzig (Otter Creek Duo) and their three daughters, Eliza, Kjerstin and Lucy (The Three Muses) on a holiday concert at First Methodist Church in downtown Salt Lake City. The adventure will come complete with a candle lighting event and an amazing old organ that’s going to make you believe in power and majesty again. We’ll be celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas and the Winter Solstice at this concert.
We rehearsed at First Methodist Church last weekend and the space is amazing. Plus, Mary and Peter are graciously helping turn a few songs I’m playing into chamber folk jewels with their masterful violin, viola and mandolin playing. I’m a lucky lady to have them in my corner. Thanks Peter and Mary.
A significant portion of proceeds from the show will go directly to Crossroads Urban Center. We’re collecting full and travel-size hygiene items like soap, shampoo and lotion. We’d love it if you can help. We’ve planned some special collaborations, just for this night. It’s gonna be a one-of-a-kind experience.
We’re hoping to see you there! I wish you powerful peace this holiday season.
PS – I received a limited edition version of my new demo CD. It’s currently only available at my shows and through an email to me! If you want to order one for Christmas, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll work it out.
12/17 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Music for the Holidays with Otter Creek Duo & The Three Muses at First Methodist Church (6:30pm doors;7pm; $10 – 15 donation plus hygiene products for Crossroads)
12/30 PARK CITY, UT – Mindy Dillard & the Salty Sweet at the Park City Brewery(5 – 7pm; Free)
1/6 COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, UT – IAMA Local Concert Series w/Elizabeth Hareza, Scott Rogers & Alicia Stockman (7:30pm; $12/7 for IAMA members)
1/15 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Mindy Dillard at Unity Salt Lake (Free)
1/22 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – POISON APPLE MEDICINE Presents: Ten Dollar PonyHouse Concert ($10 – 20 Donation; RSVP to email@example.com)
1/27 MURRAY, UT – Mindy Dillard at The Self Care Sanctuary (7pm; $15 in adv/$20 day of the show)
2/12 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Mindy Dillard at The Garage on Beck
2/15 – 2/18 KANSAS CITY, MO – Folk Alliance International (I’m looking for house concerts, kids shows and eating disorder engagements in Kansas City and nearby. Some additional events are pending…)
3/11 MANHATTAN, KS – Our HOUSE Concert Series (I’ll be booking a tour from SLC through Colorado to Kansas. Do you know other people who’d be interested in concerts in Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming or Oklahoma? Other shows pending…)
4/8 PORTLAND, OR – Mindy Dillard & Halelupe at Artichoke Music More dates around Portland and the Pacific NW are pending…including a Performance Workshop at Artichoke Music.
5/14 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Mother’s Day House Concert at Kris Thorne’s (Possibly with fiddle and upright bass, still need to check with them…)
6/27 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – Princess Fearless at Strings Music Festival Family Concert Series (more info to come…and other shows around Colorado pending for this time frame…)