Buy Music and Support Immigrants and Basic Human Rights

This Friday, February 3, for any purchase made on Bandcamp, they will donate 100% of their share of the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union, who are working to oppose last week’s Executive Order barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States.  

The picture I am holding in the photograph below is of my grandfather, who had dual citizenship. Born in Minnesota but raised in Denmark, he  came to live in America circa 1913. Was a WW1 Veteran and eventually settled in Clinton, Iowa owning a small grocery store.  I dedicated my 2012 album, “In Those Days,” in part, to my grandfather.

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If you feel so led, please visit my bandcamp page  and review the music I have for sale.  I not only have “In Those Days” available, but some singles and instrumental music, as well.

Also, visit other artists and support them while supporting Bandcamp’s mission to help raise funds for immigrants and basic human rights.

Artist Spotlight: Barb Hughes

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Meet Barb Hughes of Portland, Oregon.  Music and communications has filled Barb’s life as a radio music director, on air talent to voice over artist. Barb is also a practical fashion and innovative ideas blogger.

One of Barb’s biggest passions is free clothes through swaps.

Barb’s smooth vocals and unconventional songwriting style is lyrically honest, and her song Fixin’ It showcases her unique genre.

HomeBrew at Curious Comedy Club

Sorry to get this out so late, but the band, HomeBrew, which I am a part of, is playing Wednesday, Dec 7, at Curious Comedy Club starting at 7pm.  This is a benefit for WOACA/YWCA’s advocacy for better healthcare for women over the age of 50.  It’s also part of what’s become our annual holiday event we like to call,  our Annual Stocking Hop!

Our playlist includes: Van Morrison, Chicago, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Sam and Dave, Brian Setzer Orhestra, The Stones, Aretha Franklin, and many others.

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HomeBrew the Band

As an added feature, the Fallen Angel Choir, a political satire group, will perform during one of our breaks.

You’ll get home before the big storm hits.  Would love to see you there.

 

Reflections

Fall is my favorite time of the year for many reasons. But the main reason I love autumn, is it signifies change.  And with change, I find myself holding closer to those things that keep me grounded and whole.

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Of course, for me, music is one of those things I cling too when dealing with change, not only within seasonal change, but within the changes of life.

The song “Stone of Grief,” was written during a challenging time a couple of years ago.  Not necessarily for me, but for the person on the journey of change and healing.  I present this song, again, for you who are walking a road-less traveled, so that you may find encouragement on that road.  I also share this song for those who are coming along side those treading the waters of change.

 

If She Were Here

In the past year, the loss of many dear friends and family has been profound.  None more profound than the loss of one of the sweetest souls I’ve ever known, Leana Baskerville, who succumbed to an 18 month battle to lung cancer just before Thanksgiving.

Recently, Leana’s husband, Dean, shared from the deepest part of his grief and loss with a personal song about dealing with Leana’s absence.

For those who’ve lost loved ones and especially for those who have lost their soulmate and spouse, may Dean’s song of honesty and transparency, offer hope within heartache.

Here’s Dean’s song: “If She Were Here”

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Leana Baskerville