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I have lots of thoughts as I travel around with my songs and stories. Some of them aren’t the kind of thing you print as though other people would want to read them but some, perhaps, are.

It occurs to me lately, for example, that anyone doing music in any setting has just as much validity as the most acclaimed concert master in the most prestigious concert hall. It’s all about being human, creative and honest where you find yourself. That’s all. I rather suspect that much great art happens in small places that don’t attract much attention. It’s happy just being what it is. We should all be so wise!

9/22/09 - As promised, “7 Stories Tall” is now out on CD thanks to Kari Pearson and her wonderful illustration and layout abilities. www.karipearson.com. Thanks, Kari!

3/16/10 - I'm out here in California doing house concerts from San Francisco to LA. It's going great and I expect to do more of these next year. A number of you have suggested I do an instrumental CD project. This has been stirring around in my mind for some time now and I just might start working on it soon.

8/29/12 - The above-mentioned instrumental CD is done, but it turned out differently than I thought it would. It's called "From the Heart of Scandinavia" and is a collection of folk tunes and hymn melodies from Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Soothing and sweet!

8/29/12 - I'm back from the summer of songs and stories at Mount Hermon Conference Center in California. I'm now embarking on my 34th full-time year doing music. What a ride! It's been such a privilege to do this! I'll be doing three tours of house concerts in partnership with Mount Hermon this fall and winter. Check the calendar page. People are opening their homes and inviting their friends for an rousing evening of music and fellowship. If you’d like to have one yourself let me know and we’ll try to fit you in.

2/18/15 - I realize that I haven't written much here lately! To put it gently. Lots has happened. For starters, I'm no longer working with Mount Hermon which you'll see mentioned above. While it was a privilege to serve with them, they took exception to my stance of support for the rights and dignity of gay people and didn't wish to be associated anymore. So no more Mount Hermon house concerts. I do expect to get back to the West Coast at some point, though. I'm still welcome in many places. As a result of all of this I'm working a lot more around Minnesota and the Upper Midwest generally. I find that there's plenty for me to do here. I've recently come out with a children's CD entitled "Googolplex & Other Numbers" which features some of the best of my earlier songs for kids as well as some new ones I like a lot. I'm also currently working on a storytelling CD to be called "Circle Sam and Other Tales." I hope to have it available this summer.