November 2016 Travelogue: Take Heart 💔

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.
ღMindy

What’s coming up for me!
11/20 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Poison Apple Medicine presents: Amber Ikeman(7pm)
 12/2 COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, UT – Songwriting Workshop before December Local Concert Series IAMA concert (6-7pm; Free)
12/11 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Guest Artist at Salt Lake Oasis (11am)
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)
1/27 MURRAY, UT – Mindy Dillard at The Self Care Sanctuary (7pm; $15 in adv/$20 day of the show)
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.)
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?)Then the Pacific NW in April (Artichoke Music with Halelupe on 4/8 and a performance workshop) and then back to Salt Lake City by early May (Mother’s Day House Concert at Kris Thorne’s! 5/14 maybe with mom playing fiddle? And an upright bass player…hmm… I should check with them). I’m not sure about Texas in late May yet. I’m working to fill all the dates in. And some more stuff after that…Colorado in June. More all this…later…after Thanksgiving. 🙂

Posted on: November 19th, 2016