Pictures from the trip! Click on the arrows to see more photos! All photos by Meghan Yates.
The past two weeks we trekked across the great American landscape, from Maine to Washington. We played a strong handful of shows -- starting with my dear friend Zeile August Dougher's album release party at One Longfellow Square in Portland, ME. Her work is confessional, mystic, moving. She dedicated the evening to our friend John Cronin, who passed from cancer this August. John has been my friend for nearly 14 years -- we would meet for coffee and talk for hours and hours, pushing each other to new edges of healing our humanness and inviting Grace into our hearts. Watching him transform was beautiful, and incredibly hard. It pushed me into my life. Zeile's gesture to dedicate the night to him pushed the boundaries of many's hearts. Grateful. It was over-all a very beautiful and intimate evening. Little glamour, no big bands, no special effects, just two women on the stage. Art heals and music moves. Many of us in the room, especially John's partner Tim, were moved beyond measure by coming together and participating in the ritual of music.
From Portland we traveled to the Utica, NY area to play a house show at my sister-in-law's home. It was her birthday weekend, and it was such a joy to bring music to her! This is where we met up with Hana Zara, an incredible woman of substance and poetry! Check out her music here! Travelling with her brought so many gifts. Friendship being a most important one. Her music touches on something so classic and also within present context. You're brought into memory that may or may not be yours and somehow when you're done experiencing each song, you feel a little larger. She is gently transcendent. We traveled together from Utica to Cincinnati,OH, from there to Iowa City, IA, from there to Lincoln, Nebraska. We got to see some wonderful musicians in each of these locations along the way! (Sam James & Brendan Blumer, who are both dear friends of mine who I have not seen in a long time, Paul Doffing, Flash in the Pan) From Nebraska Mo and I embarked on the final leg of our adventure alone, landing in Spearfish, South Dakota. We shared the stage with Dylan James, who is a wonderful guitarist and songwriter. That night I received a note from a gorgeous young woman that read: "You sing a beautiful song. You make me feel beautiful." Holy wow! It was piercing to receive such a potent note. It re-affirmed for me that we are on the right path. We're really doing our work.
After Spearfish, we had three days of driving to get to the Bellingham area. It was strange and beautiful! We went through so many different landscapes and weather patterns in such a short period! And the mountains! Are you kidding me? Everything here is so much Bigger! There's so much space to let the wings unfurl as you take it all in! We've been met with such kindness! My dear sister Lori and her husband Shane have let us build a little nest in their camper! It's a dream! We could not be more grateful!
We have no idea where we will be lead -- and that's so faith building! In this moment, this is so good! We're taking up more space and making more joyful noise than we allowed ourselves to before. May this beauty continue! We hope you enjoy flipping through the photos from the trip! We'll be booking gigs and getting to work asap here, so stay tuned! We're still running our Indiegogo for another 18 days! If you want to get yer mitts on our album before anyone else does, this is the way to do it! Check it out here!
Thank you all!
With BIG LOVE,
The Reverie Machine!