It’s been so hot the past couple of days and I spent yesterday evening on the couch in the house writing letters to old friends. It’s something we should all make more time for.
I’ve always loved Over The Rhine’s music and their letters. This latest one fits them to a T. Their messages always paint such vivid photos and constantly remind me about what’s so right about their music and way that they value small things. It’s a longer read but one I think you’ll enjoy very, very much.
Dear extended musical family,
Well, after 20-some-odd years in the music business,
touring in the USA and abroad,
performing on radio stations,
the occasional tv show,
on moving trains,
on a ship at sea,
headlining our own Over the Rhine shows,
supporting more well-known artists on the road,
being on and off record labels,
running our own label along the way at various points,
working with publishers and distributors large or small
while all the while remaining fiercely independent of spirit—
One begins to feel as if one has seen it all.
But if I know only one thing for sure this morning here on Nowhere Farm:
We have not seen it all. (read more…)
Getting a handwritten note in the mail never gets old.
Yesterday I was listening to the Diane Rehm program, as I often do – and really got into her interview with Suzanne Marrs who had written a book covering the lengthy correspondence between Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty and her New Yorker editor and fellow writer William Maxwell. For more than 50 years, they corresponded…