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