June Musical Travelogue 2017: The Peace of Wild Things❥

Welcome June…

It’s hard to believe I’m already writing another musical travelogue. Life has been very full. I’m sure it has for you too. I’ve been trying to clear my head and decide which creative direction to go towards next… there is the new album I want to make, tours and shows to plan, lessons and songwriting classes to teach…and the book I want to write…
I can try to do it all at once…but it doesn’t really work, does it? 🙁 It feels pretty good to come clean about that…

Do you ever feel this way? What do you do? I think maybe the answer is to give up knowing. What do you think?

I’m headed north to Montana this weekend to do some Princess Fearless shows at libraries (in Bozeman and a few smaller places I’ve never been: Helena, Augusta and Lincoln). I’ll also be doing a house concert on Saturday night with Amber Ikeman in Bozeman. (Amber is making a new album!) Then I’ll zoom back to Salt Lake City next week for a show that I’m SOOO excited about with Bronwen Beecher and Tara Shupe on June 17th!!! They are incredible musicians (and really nice humans) that really make me step up my game. I like challenges and they push me to play and sing my best.

Bronwen and I did special music at the United Church of Christ in Holladay the other day. It felt like magic…

Then, I’ll be headed to Steamboat Springs, CO with the Princess Fearless Trio for a big festival gig with the Strings Music Festival. Can’t wait for that!

And after that a wild thing is coming…this wild thing has been growing inside me since last November or so. There is a baby, now the size of large coconut, curled up in my uterus. This 3 1/2 pound little one’s kicks, rolls, punches and jabs won’t let me forget that they are real. This ultrasound is from almost 12 weeks ago now…but I love that strong bicep. Craig and I are eager to meet this little one that is so intent on entering our world.


Mindy

The Peace of Wild Things
By Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
 and I wake in the night at the least sound
 in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
 I go and lie down where the wood drake
 rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
 I come into the peace of wild things
 who do not tax their lives with forethought
 of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
 And I feel above me the day-blind stars
 waiting with their light. For a time
 I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT WWW.MINDYDILLARD.COM

6/10 – 6/14 BOZEMAN, HELENA, AUGUSTA & LINCOLN, MT – Princess Fearless Library Shows
6/10 – BOZEMAN, MT – House Concert with Amber Ikeman
6/17 SALT LAKE CITY – Mindy Dillard, Bronwen Beecher and Tara Shupe present Songwriters in the Round at Holladay United Church of Christ – 7pm
6/26 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – Princess Fearless at Bud Werner Memorial Library
6/27 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO Princess Fearless at Strings Music FestivalFamily Concert Series
6/28 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – Mindy Dillard speaks at The Foundry
7/2 SALT LAKE CITY
Salt Lake Oasis – 11am w/Craig England Jr on bass
7/9 SALT LAKE CITYThe Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living – 10am
7/23 SALT LAKE CITY – Unity Salt Lake11am Mindy will sing and speak about her eating disorder recovery

Posted on: June 7th, 2017 No Comments

Musical Travelogue May 2017: Hoodoos and Peekaboos💗

Helloooo Alll!!

I got married two weeks ago. It was amazing and wonderful and one of my happiest days. I got to sing the song I wrote about him during our reception. Great friends played the music and officiated (Thank you Amanda West, Otter Creek Duo and Rev. Kelly Ryan ♡). We had a field of purple tulips and a tower of gold cupcakes. We made a playlist that included Joni Mitchell and Morphine songs. It was beautiful!

Then we went on a honeymoon to Bryce Canyon where we reveled in the hoodoos and peekaboos…

For the last meal of our honeymoon, on our way home along Utah’s most spectacular mountain and red rock enshrined Hwy 12 we ate this fantastic brunch at Hell’s Backbone Grill. Oh yeah… shirred eggs, sage butter and biscuits and gravy… You really should go.

A few days after we returned we played at the Garage on Beck in North Salt Lake for the second time. I’m loving having Craig play his upright bass on some of my songs. I became an immediate aunt to five when we got married. Our nephew sent us his Flat Stanley to take on an adventure. So his Flat Stanley went to our performance at the Garage on Beck.♡ Thanks to the gamely crowd for posing so well!

You can see my upcoming shows down below….Next up is a Family Concert sponsored by the Intermountain Acoustic Music Association on May 13th and then a house concert at Kris Thorne’s on May 14th, which is Mother’s Day. In early June I’ll drive north to Montana for a week of shows, (including one with Amber Ikeman) returning to share the stage with Bronwen Beecher and Tara Shupe for a powerhouse songwriters in the round gig on June 17th. Yes! A week or so later, I’ll head to Colorado for a few shows in the Steamboat Springs area…and then gratefully…I’ll come home to the Salt Lake Valley.
I’m hoping to launch a few new projects this summer. Hopefully one of them in time for my birthday on June 4th. I intend to write a book. More on that soon…
Wishing you love and a happy May.

Sincerely,
♡Mindy

5/7 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Mindy Dillard at Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living at 10 and 11:30am
5/13 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – FAMILY MUSIC CONCERT w/Princess Fearless Trio (Sponsored by IAMA) at 10am
5/14 SALT LAKE CITY, UTMother’s Day House Concert at Kris Thorne’s. Directions: Please park in the LDS church lot at 1361 E 4000 S (northwest area) and follow the red Meet-up signs on the fence to the walkway that leads to CasaKris.
Concert at 3pm. $15 per person donation. Bring friends, family, kids…but no pets. 🙂 – 3pm
5/18 SALT LAKE CITY – Mindy’s Student Recital!
6/10 – 6/14 BOZEMAN, HELENA, MT – Princess Fearless Library Shows
6/10 – LIVINGSTON, MT – House Concert with Amber Ikeman
6/17 SALT LAKE CITY – Mindy Dillard, Bronwen Beecher and Tara Shupe present Songwriters in the Round at Holladay United Church of Christ – 7pm
6/18 SALT LAKE CITY – Unity Salt Lake – 11am
6/26 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – Princess Fearless at Bud Werner Memorial Library
6/27 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO Princess Fearless at Strings Music FestivalFamily Concert Series
6/28 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – Mindy Dillard speaks at The Foundry
7/2 SALT LAKE CITY
Salt Lake Oasis – 11am

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The Unexpected Beautiful Things ❤️ March 2017 Musical Travelogue

Dear Everybody,
Aren’t those redbuds magical? Look at this picture that Craig took outside of our new house…

Redbuds (or Cercis canadensis) are one of the first flowering trees of spring…I take them as a good sign. I love that I’m getting married to horticulturalist — in three weeks! He always helps me see everything anew. What signs of life have you seen in nature and in your own world? My life has become very complicated lately. I’m searching out what is beautiful. I’m especially looking for what is beautiful in the unexpected.

I’m going on a quick tour to the Portland area from April 6th – 9th. I’m playing in Hillsboro with Dan Abrahamson at one of my favorite spots, Influence Music Hall (show fb page) and with Halelupe at another favorite place, Artichoke Music (tickets). I’m looking forward to being back in a place that still feel a lot like home for a few days.

I had a house concert in the the N. Portland area fall through for Friday, April 7th. I’m on the hunt for one more small, intimate house concert for that evening. Something outside of Portland would be good. I could even skip up into Washington for the night. I would appreciate any suggestions or connections.

My favorite gig recently was speaking and performing at the Salt Lake City Oasis (such an amazing community!). I was invited to share my music and speak about my eating disorder recovery. I shared songs and stories from my 2015 album and one-woman show “How to Survive a Poison Apple,” a revisionist fairytale folk rock opera that’s is all about my eating disorder recovery. I made a slide show and mixed my songs and stories into the presentation. The community was very engaged and they asked great questions. Thanks for having me. I love my eating disorder awareness and advocacy work. I want to do more and more of it. And, in the next few years, I want to write a book…

I am currently booking fall 2017 and 2018. I’ll be touring up and back to the FAR-West conference in Bellevue in early October. I’m looking for house concerts, venues, kids’ shows and eating disorder speaking engagements along the way from Salt Lake City to the Puget Sound. I’ll also be going to other places, yet unknown. Let me know if there is somewhere you think I should go.

I love to hear from you. Write me back and let me know what’s going on for you. What unexpected beautiful things have you seen…?

❤️ Mindy

MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT WWW.MINDYDILLARD.COM

4/6 HILLSBORO, OR – In-the-Round w/Dan Abrahamson at Influence Music Hall at 7pm
4/7 HILLSBORO, OR – Princess Fearless at WL Henry Elementary School
4/8 PORTLAND, OR – Mindy Dillard & Halelupe at Artichoke Music
4/9 PORTLAND, OR – Private House Concert
4/30 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Mindy Dillard at The Garage on Beck
5/7 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Mindy Dillard at Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living at 10 and 11:30am
5/13 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – FAMILY MUSIC CONCERT w/Princess Fearless (Sponsored by IAMA) at 10am
5/14 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Mother’s Day House Concert at Kris Thorne’s. Directions: Please park in the LDS church lot at 1361 E 4000 S (northwest area) and follow the red Meet-up signs on the fence to the walkway that leads to CasaKris.
Concert at 3pm. $15 per person donation. Bring friends, family, kids…but no pets. 🙂
5/18 SALT LAKE CITY – Mindy’s Student Recital!
6/10 – 6/14 BOZEMAN, HELENA, MT – Princess Fearless Library Shows
6/17 SALT LAKE CITY – Mindy Dillard, Bronwen Beecher and Tara Shupe present Father’s Day Concert at Holladay United Church of Christ
6/18 SALT LAKE CITY – Unity Salt Lake – 11am
6/26 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – Princess Fearless at Bud Werner Memorial Library
6/27 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO Princess Fearless at Strings Music Festival Family Concert Series
6/28 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – Mindy Dillard speaks at The Foundry

Posted on: April 8th, 2017 No Comments

Finally! My February Musical Travelogue… 🌌

Hello All,
How are you managing your world these days? I had to let go of this being a beginning of the month musical travelogue and embrace it being an end of the month one. Because sometimes it’s just like that. I started composing this message two weeks ago, but a lot has happened since then. Last weekend, I went to Folk Alliance in Kansas City for an immersive experience of connecting and music-making. This weekend we’ve moved into a new house! It’s right across the street from our old one. This meant that we and our band of helpers carried all our stuff via walking caravan to our new house…right across the street. This was hilarious but convenient…Does it feel to you like spring is coming? Even though a nip has been back in the air in SLC lately, today the sun came out and shone through all our new south facing windows for over an hour. It was wonderful! I recently found out I’m deficient in vitamin D and I think that that might be directly related to the amount of joy I feel.I played my first show at the Garage on Beck in North Salt Lake two weeks ago. See the picture Craig took at the top of this e-mail. Such fun night! So grateful to the community who showed up. Thanks. ♡

The Folk Alliance conference in Kansas City was a wild adventure. It was my first time at the huge international one. There were many late night showcases in hotel rooms (always a very funny but extremely magical thing), wonderful panels (Women in Music!) and many reunions. It all made me very tired but it was well worth it. And I got a cool shoutout in this No Depression article. Thanks Henry Carrigan! I met Henry on an early morning jaunt along the space age walkway between the hotel I was staying in and the main conference hotel. Sometimes it pays to talk to strangers…
Here’s some pictures taken by my lovely and exuberant friend Joseph Leavell at a few of my private showcases. My banjo Ursula is not pictured, but she was there too…

I’m traveling to Colorado and Kansas in couple of weeks for some shows and a house concert. After that I’ll be off to the Pacific NW in early April for a long weekend of shows (including a show with the inimitable Halelupe at the beloved Artichoke Music of Portland). For my most current tales from the road, follow me on Facebook (personal and music) and instagram. I love those mediums on tour. My performance schedule is below and on my website.

In April I’m getting married!! I’m thrilled to be marrying this unique and handsome man from Wisconsin. He plays the bass and makes kimchi among his many talents. He’s been joining me for more of my shows lately. If you come to one you might get to hear him or at least meet him.

There are a few other incredible events coming up in the next six months that I will look forward to sharing with you when the time is right. The timing of these things can be important. Wishing you all the best in your work and life. Stay connected, stay in touch, en(joy!)…

Sincerely,
♡Mindy

MORE INFORMATION IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE AT WWW.MINDYDILLARD.COM
3/5 – SALT LAKE CITY – Mindy Dillard at Unity Salt Lake at 11am
3/9 LOVELAND, CO – Mindy Dillard at Loco Artisan Coffee House at 7pm
3/11 MANHATTAN, KS – Our HOUSE Concert Series at 7pm
3/12 MANHATTAN, KS – Unitarian Universalist Society of Manhattan at 10am
3/26 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Mindy speaking/singing at Oasis Salt Lake  at 11am
4/6 HILLSBORO, OR – In-the-Round w/Dan Abrahamson at Influence Music Hall at 7pm
4/7 HILLSBORO, OR – Princess Fearless at WL Henry Elementary School
4/8 PORTLAND, OR – Mindy Dillard & Halelupe at Artichoke Music
4/9 PORTLAND, OR – Private House Concert
4/30 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Mindy Dillard at The Garage on Beck
5/7 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Mindy Dillard at Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living at 10 and 11:30am
5/13 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – FAMILY MUSIC CONCERT w/Princess Fearless (Sponsored by IAMA) at 10am
5/14 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Mother’s Day House Concert at Kris Thorne’s. Directions: Please park in the LDS church lot at 1361 E 4000 S (northwest area) and follow the red Meet-up signs on the fence to the walkway that leads to CasaKris.
Concert at 3pm. $15 per person donation. Bring friends, family, kids…but no pets. 🙂
6/10 – 6/14 BOZEMAN, HELENA, MT – Princess Fearless Library Shows TBA
6/17 SALT LAKE CITY – Mindy Dillard, Bronwen Beecher and Tara Shupe present Father’s Day Concert at Holladay United Church of Christ
6/26 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – Princess Fearless at Bud Werner Memorial Library
6/27 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – Princess Fearless at Strings Music FestivalFamily Concert Series
6/28 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – Mindy Dillard speaks at The Foundry
Posted on: February 28th, 2017 No Comments