Hello dear friends,
I am writing to you from a little A-Frame in the mountains of Central Oregon, a place called Caldera that has been my home for the month. It’s an amazing gift to sit and watch the snow fall or the fire burn without feeling the need to go on to the next thing. I’ve taken to exploring the land around me, finding lakes hidden in the pine trees, getting lost, learning to feel comfortable not knowing where I’m going, taking time to follow a snowflake to the ground, pressing the pinecones, like rough fists into my cheeks. So often this time of year I am just waiting for spring to come, and so often in life, I’m focused on the next season, the next record, the next tour. It has been wonderful to lean hard into the winter here, to be still.
Caldera is an amazing organization and I strongly encourage you to check them out and find ways to support them.
Caldera was started by Dan Wieden of the Portland advertising firm Wieden Kennedy. Each summer they bring underserved youth from Portland and Central Oregon and give them access to, encouragement and training in the arts, and continue that training and those relationships throughout the year. They transform so many kids’ lives by showing them the power of their own creativity. During the winters, Caldera hosts a handful of artists to come for a month of residency. Hundreds apply, and I was lucky enough to be awarded a spot. It has been an incredible gift to be here.
The past few Thursdays I’ve been going into Sisters, Oregon to teach songwriting to high school and middle school kids. Every time I’ve talked to teenagers about the creative life, I end up finding out something I’ve been needing to teach to myself, some truth that’s been stuck in my throat. The kids in Sisters were incredibly engaged and fun and I learned so much from them.
Upon my return to Portland March 1st, I’ll be playing a very special solo show at Mississippi Studios to celebrate my time out here, to share the things I’ve been working on, and to tell stories. Dan Hunt whose played drums with me a bit over the past couple years (he also played in the wonderful band Ages and Ages) will be playing a set of his compositions. I saw Dan play his own music at the Revival Drum Fair a while back and have been pestering him to play ever since. Nick Jaina, one of my oldest songwriting friends in Portland will be playing a set, and also joining me on a few duets. I’ll also have a few special songwriters about town joining me on duets throughout the night.
I spent so much of last year touring with the full band, and I’ve been so thankful for their help in presenting the La Grande to the world. It has been a blast to rock out. I am looking forward to experiencing the vulnerability of playing a solo show, and I can’t think of a better time than upon my return from the solitude I’ve had at Caldera.
It will be a really special night and I hope you can come.
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Later in March I will be heading to the Southern Washington Coast for a special show at the Sou’Wester Lodge, an amazing hotel, vintage trailer park and hideaway. Portland and Seattle folks looking for a weekend getaway will not be disappointed.
Check out the Sou’Wester here and come March 23rd: http://souwesterlodge.com/
I hope you are enjoying moments of stillness, however you find them. I hope you are leaning hard into the the season.