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Anni Blog September, 2017

Hello to All! We’re already seein’ some color changes in the leaves of our trees here in Maine, so time’s a wastin’ for summah tastin’. In addition to listed public performances, I continue to share my music in many Senior Living Centers in southern & mid-Maine… many of these concerts are for residents only, so I only list the “public” venues… without furthers, here’s all the news, in this order:

1. THE SEPT / OCT SHORT LIST (Date, Venue, Time Only)
2. TARGET GIGS (Full Details)

1. THE SEPT / OCT SHORT LIST (Date, Venue, Time Only)

AUG 26 thru SEPT 5: Anni’s end-of-summah Moosehead Lake vacation!

THURS, SEPT 7 / Lenny’s / Westbrook ME / 7PM
FRI, SEPT 8 / Toddy Brook / N Yarmouth ME / 6PM
FRI, SEPT 15 / Biddeford-Saco Country Club / Saco ME / 6:30PM
FRI, SEPT 22 / Ocean Pizza / Old Orchard Beach ME / 7PM
FRI, SEPT 29 / JJ’s / Old Orchard Beach ME / 6:30PM

SEPT 30 thru OCT 9: Eric & Anni’s Maine Mountains Adventure!

THURS, OCT 12 / Lenny’s / Westbrook ME / 7PM
     (Bill Umbel’s Birthday!!!)
FRI, OCT 13 / Toddy Brook / N Yarmouth ME / 6PM
FRI, OCT 27 / Woodfords Club / Portland ME / 6:45PM
SAT, OCT 28 / UU Church / Brunswick ME / 7PM
     “Concerts for a Cause” with Dan Merrill & Lynn Deeves...
     an Under the Song Tree Reunion!

2. TARGET GIGS (Full Details)

THURSDAY / SEPTEMBER 7th (& OCTOBER 12th) / LENNY’S / WESTBROOK ME / 7PM / 207-591-0117… Lenny’s is on Rt. 302 at the old Al Hawkes Plaza… you know, with the guy out front swinging a tool box? Bill Umbel created this eclectic, down-to-earth venue, named it in honor of the late, great Lenny Breau & he’s booking a line up of some of the best acoustic players around…. so happy to be part of the family, playing once a month! The vibe here pulls you in & hugs you… feels like home. Grab some pals & head over… bring your appetite for food & music both. Here’s a link to Lenny’s.

FRIDAY / SEPTEMBER 8th (& OCTOBER 13th) / TODDY BROOK GOLF COURSE / N YARMOUTH ME / 6PM / 207-829-5100… EVERY TIME I play here we all have such a great time! I’ll be playing every 2nd FRIDAY, every month. (That’s a lot of everys.) I’m a Yarmouth native… this spot is just over the town line in N Yarmouth, but it feels like home to me. The food’s great, the view’s inspiring, the people are wicked friendly & my voice floats nicely in this room. You might consider calling in a reservation for dinner… I’ve seen some pretty packed nights in here! Here’s the Toddy Brook website

FRIDAY / SEPTEMBER 15th / BIDDEFORD-SACO COUNTRY CLUB / SACO ME / 6:30PM / 207-282-9892… I’ve been aware of this venue for quite some time but it took a while for me to catch up to the right person to land a gig here. My debut in May was flat out fun as all get out! This is a spacious room with views of the grounds, great food & gregarious, life lovin’ patrons. Never been? You’ll probably run into all kinds of people you know if you come out for this one… I play 3 sets, 6:30 to 9:30… come early, have dinner, stay late… here’s their website.

FRIDAY / SEPTEMBER 22nd / OCEAN PIZZA / OLD ORCHARD BEACH ME / 7PM / 207-934-2900… one of several close-to-my-home faves; yet THIS ONE has one feature that all the others do not… Pam (the owner & French chef extraordinaire) will NOT allow any cover tunes to be played here! Yep, you read that right, folks… it’s ALL ANNI TUNES here… which is brilliant in so many ways… but for ME? I get to run through my catalogue of originals, dust off the ones in the library that may be on the back burner of my brain & re-experience all those songs I haven’t been performing in rooms where covers need to be part of the mix. Fabulous idea & so much fun. And the food? Pam stole her Grandma’s recipes before she crossed over from Italy to the US (lucky us in OOB!) If you ain’t tried it, the time is now… here’s their website.

FRIDAY / SEPTEMBER 29th / JJ’S EATERY / OLD ORCHARD BEACH ME / 7PM / 207-934-0222… have you BEEN HERE yet? This is a fave year round hang for the locals, including yours truly. I usually play every other 1st Friday, but bumped it up a week so I can go hiking with Eric! I always arrive with bells on, as they say. It’s an all ages friendly venue with great food & beverages… a fun spot to celebrate anything, everything or nothing at all! I suggest y’all come early & stay late… Here’s their website.

THURSDAY / OCTOBER 12th (Bill Umbel’s BIRTHDAY!!!) / LENNY’S / WESTBROOK ME / 7PM / 207-591-0117… (see Sept 7th for details)… THIS ONE could be a real fun & busy night cos it’s owner & fabulous fun guy Bill Umbel’s birthday! COME EARLY to grab a seat & help us celebrate Bill & his infectiously friendly space called Lenny’s!

FRIDAY / OCTOBER 13th / TODDY BROOK GOLF COURSE / N YARMOUTH ME / 6PM / 207-829-5100… (see September 8th for details)

FRIDAY / OCTOBER 27th / WOODFORDS CLUB / PORTLAND ME / 6:45PM… not sure yet if this is a private concert or not… will update in the October News.

SATURDAY / OCTOBER 28th / UU CHURCH / BRUNSWICK ME / “UNDER THE SONG TREE” REUNION SHOW for “CONCERTS FOR A CAUSE” / 7PM… details & ticket info TBA soon! (“Under the Song Tree” is the Dan Merrill, Anni Clark & Lynn Deeves Trio… we haven’t performed together since 2006!!! THIS will be a stellar evening for a stellar cause… ink it on your calendars!

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I am inspired every day by the power of Love, Music & Mama Nature. HUGE reminders of just how powerful these can be were brought to my attention in July & August this summer:

On July 16th, the media alerted us Maine folk to the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights that Sunday night… I was sleeping on a sun porch near the swinging bridge in Southport (near Boothbay Hahbah)… I got up 3 or 4 times to catch the lights, should they be shimmering in the night sky… alas, the lights didn’t grace the skies in that area… but something extraordinary DID happen not too far away… on a mountaintop in Buckfield Maine, friends of mine (& my music) brought chairs, blankets & coolers to watch for & celebrate the Northern Lights. I read in their post on Facebook the next morning that they were singing my song “This Big Love” to try to channel the beauty of the lights… it starts out like this:

     “Nothing happens by mistake,
     I was way up north on Moosehead Lake
     My back on the dock in the middle of night,
     watchin’ the dance of the northern lights
     I whispered to Sally ‘hey, we’re in the right place’
     as the tears spilled onto my face
     The lights were shimmerin’, my heart was singin’
     and I felt that Big Love again”

Well, my friends did NOT see the Northern Lights, but they were treated to a fine display of light by fireflies… and they felt that Big Love again. The fact that I even SAW their post was a miracle to me, as I rarely check Facebook… it was meant to be that I read that. How cool.

Fast forward 11 days to my show in Greenville where I was supposed to perform outdoors on the edge of Moosehead Lake, maybe 10 minutes south of that dock where I wrote the first verse to my song so many moons ago. We moved the gig inside to the Trailside Restaurant due to rain & we packed the place. I was inspired to share the story of my friends up on that mountaintop & then I sang my song, telling the story of its writing so close to where we all were in that moment. It was a nice night for all of us.

The very next morning, I got an e-mail from a gal who had been a fan of my music for a long time. Laura & her husband Steve were also big fans of “Under the Song Tree,” the trio I performed with for 5 years with Dan Merrill & Lynn Deeves. (We have a reunion concert coming up on October 28th in Brunswick!) She explained in this e-mail that her whole family was drawn to our music & that the song “The Big Love” was especially meaningful to them. Laura also shared with me that her husband Steve had recently passed away & she was finding it hard to move forward with her ministry work… but she was committed to a “first time back” service on August 20th. The theme of her service that day was to be based on, you guessed it, Love, Music & Mama Nature. Her son was interested in learning the chords to my song… he couldn’t “get it” on his guitar (it’s in an open D tuning, so his ear wasn’t picking it up)… Laura was hoping he could figure it out so he could play my song at her service.

Long story short, I finally caught up to Laura by phone… I offered to hook up with her son to teach him D Tuning, but his commitments had him in northern Maine, so there was no way he could even make the service, let alone sit down with me to learn the song. I offered to play it myself at the service… because the service (as divine intervention had it) was only 15 minutes from my home base! Laura couldn’t believe it… but I told her “I HAVE to sing it, Laura… ’This Big Love’ is real… it’s who I am, how I try to live.”

Soooo… it all came together on a warm sunny Sunday morn in a peaceful grove of trees outdoors at the Ferry Beach Conference Center (close to Old Orchard Beach where I live.) We sang, we prayed, we laughed & cried… we celebrated Love, Music & Mama Nature… & we sang the chorus of my song together:

     “It ain’t no lover, it ain’t he or she
     It’s this Big Love inside of me
     It’s always there, it’s gotta be
     Cos this Big Love, it carries me”

Celebrating the Power of Love, Music & Mama Nature

Words are powerful… yet I lack the right ones to share with y’all how much this sequence of events shaped my summer months & brought to me a renewed sense of purpose & joy. This Big Love continues to carry me… & knowing that what I do & feel carries over to others makes my life so much sweeter. Here’s hoping I can connect with more of you at a gig or on a mountaintop or in a grove of trees somewhere soon along my journey. Enjoy these late summer days & thanks so much for staying tuned to my ramblings. Peace,

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15 - Biddeford-Saco Country Club - Saco ME - 6:30PM - 207-282-9892
22 - Ocean Pizza - Old Orchard Beach ME - 7PM - 207-934-2900
29 - JJ’s - Old Orchard Beach ME - 6:30PM - 207-934-0222

12 - Lenny’s - Westbrook ME - 7PM - 207-591-0117
     (Owner Bill Umbel’s Birthday!)
13 - Toddy Brook - N Yarmouth ME - 6PM - 207-829-5100
27 - Woodfords Club - Portland ME - 6:45PM (Private? TBA)
28 - UU Church - Brunswick ME - 7PM (Details Soon!)
     “Under the Song Tree” Reunion for “Concerts for a Cause”
     (Dan Merrill, Anni Clark & Lynn Deeves’ 1st show in 11 years!!!)

1 - Gather - Yarmouth ME - 6:30PM - 207-847-3250
4 - Elements - Biddeford ME - 8PM - 207-710-2011
9 - Lenny’s - Westbrook ME - 7PM - 207-591-0117
20 - Toddy Brook - N Yarmouth ME - 6PM - 207-829-5100

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